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Oer textbooks at tcc

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Oer textbooks at tcc

  1. 1. Assignment 6-1 by David Straayer is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. OER Textbooks at TCC Dave Straayer Assignment 6-1 by David Straayer is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
  2. 2. Benefits of OER Textbooks I’ve discovered • Greatly reduced text book cost: my previous Statistics textbook cost over $140, the new one is under $20 • The electronic version of the text book is available to students also. • This allows them to always have it with them (in their smartphone). • Electronic version can be on the PC that they use to do online homework • Electronics search-ability catches words missing from a traditional Index • Students feel free to write in their texts • Students even take notes in their texts. • Students can save their texts to use after the course is over. • I’ve collaborated with the author to fix errors, and insert new material • We’ve put in custom material for our classes.
  3. 3. Challenges of OER textbooks that I’ve had • Finding good textbooks proved difficult • I rejected two statistics textbooks before I found one I felt good about. • I found only one OER Java text. Fortunately, I love it. • Getting our bookstore on board was difficult. They had never seen a creative commons license before, so it took some teaching to get them to be OK with using the text. • Getting our print shop to print it took some hand-holding. The Java book had to be split into two volumes to accomplish tape-binding. • Getting any other Math instructors to even consider OER is going to be a challenge. • Having texts current with changing technology was an anticipated challenge, but oddly, we seem to be in great shape with both. • Politically, pushing to make this happen has been a “making waves” effort.

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