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Beating
Skyrocketing
Textbook Costs:
Writing Your
Own
Presented at the 19th
Annual AFACCT
Conference
Session 5.2: January ...
Bought but never opened!
Used
Unopened
Unopened
Used
History
• First major speech text – written 332 BC
• What changed in 2300+ years? Not much.
• Fall, 1986 – 1st
tier public...
Who might try this?
• Professors:
– Teaching “process” or “skills” courses
– Using many of their own “tried and true hando...
What courses may be applicable?
• “Process or skills” courses with content does not
change all that much from year to year...
Why do it?
• Advantages:
– Huge student cost savings
– Custom tailored to your student audience
– Every page gets used in ...
What do you need?
• Computer
• Word processing package
• Scanner
• A “photo-fixing” package.
• Laser-jet printer
When do you do it?
• Summertime?
• Whenever you can get blocks of time – 3-5
hours at a crack worked best for me.
• Do not...
What should be your approach?
• **Think small: Use an inductive model as
opposed to a deductive model.
• Work from your ow...
What should be your approach?
• Tailor it to your student audience.
• Make it easy to “find stuff” by:
– Making the table ...
The
Cover
The local story of Angie and the snake – tied
to speech phobia
Let them
know it
was
custom
developed
for them.
You may even include a personalized letter.
You can provide
a brief custom
tailored
organizational
chart of your
content areas.
You can put your course syllabus and policies
all in one place so they don’t lose them.
Add a strong table of contents and index making it easy
for them to actually “use” the text.
Index
Lots of student driven – “teacher fixed” -- examples carry the day.
And you might add some “fun” things, perhaps tailored
to you, your college, or your classes.
Does your
system work?
Assessing
outcomes
Last Words:
Don’t freak if it isn’t perfect.
My students are thrilled at the
price, the simplicity, and that
“their teache...
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  1. 1. Beating Skyrocketing Textbook Costs: Writing Your Own Presented at the 19th Annual AFACCT Conference Session 5.2: January 8, 2009 By E. Joseph Lamp, Ph.D. Professor of Speech Anne Arundel Community College January 8, 2009
  2. 2. Bought but never opened! Used Unopened Unopened Used
  3. 3. History • First major speech text – written 332 BC • What changed in 2300+ years? Not much. • Fall, 1986 – 1st tier public speaking publication $35 a copy --ouch! • $141 – 2009 cost • Teacher heal thyself – write your own
  4. 4. Who might try this? • Professors: – Teaching “process” or “skills” courses – Using many of their own “tried and true handouts” – Whose institutions are willing to permit innovation
  5. 5. What courses may be applicable? • “Process or skills” courses with content does not change all that much from year to year. • Suggested areas: – Speech skills courses (public speaking) – English composition/grammar courses – Foreign language courses – Math skills/problem oriented courses – Art skills classes
  6. 6. Why do it? • Advantages: – Huge student cost savings – Custom tailored to your student audience – Every page gets used in some manner – Quickly updated as you see the need – Complete control of course materials – Usually no copyright issues • Disadvantages: – Not as comprehensive or as “glitzy” as a first tier publication – Few (if any) ancillary materials – First attempt takes the most time
  7. 7. What do you need? • Computer • Word processing package • Scanner • A “photo-fixing” package. • Laser-jet printer
  8. 8. When do you do it? • Summertime? • Whenever you can get blocks of time – 3-5 hours at a crack worked best for me. • Do not try it during the regular semester.
  9. 9. What should be your approach? • **Think small: Use an inductive model as opposed to a deductive model. • Work from your own handouts. • Ask colleagues for handouts. • Use your own students’ examples of outstanding work – and screw-ups.
  10. 10. What should be your approach? • Tailor it to your student audience. • Make it easy to “find stuff” by: – Making the table of contents very inclusive – Having all the key words/principles/photos included in the index • Include a simple syllabus (no dates). • Add “fun” materials unique to you or your class. Let’s look at a few examples
  11. 11. The Cover
  12. 12. The local story of Angie and the snake – tied to speech phobia
  13. 13. Let them know it was custom developed for them.
  14. 14. You may even include a personalized letter.
  15. 15. You can provide a brief custom tailored organizational chart of your content areas.
  16. 16. You can put your course syllabus and policies all in one place so they don’t lose them.
  17. 17. Add a strong table of contents and index making it easy for them to actually “use” the text.
  18. 18. Index
  19. 19. Lots of student driven – “teacher fixed” -- examples carry the day.
  20. 20. And you might add some “fun” things, perhaps tailored to you, your college, or your classes.
  21. 21. Does your system work? Assessing outcomes
  22. 22. Last Words: Don’t freak if it isn’t perfect. My students are thrilled at the price, the simplicity, and that “their teacher” wrote it “for them.” Thanks for attending and good luck! Joe Lamp

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