Textbooks: Let's Look at the Options


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Textbooks: Let's Look at the Options

  1. 1. Textbooks: Let’s Look at the Options<br />Todd Digby<br />System Director of Libraries<br />Minnesota State Colleges & Universities<br />2011<br />
  2. 2. Textbooks Overview<br />Issues to consider<br />Price<br />Choice<br />Accessibility<br />Delivery system<br />
  3. 3. Textbooks Overview<br />Average Textbook Prices Nationally<br />Source: College Board Annual Survey of Colleges, average prices for full-time, full-year students<br />
  4. 4. Textbook Price Comparisons<br /> 8th Edition: PRINT: $211.25<br /> 7th Edition: PRINT: $158.50 ONLINE :$88.50<br /> (7th Edition no longer available at campus bookstore)<br />8th Edition: PRINT: $152.95<br /> 7th Edition: PRINT: $142.95 ONLINE :$52.13<br />Semester Rental $85.71<br />
  5. 5. Print Textbooks<br />Best Practices<br /><ul><li> Consider putting copies of books on reserve in the campus library.
  6. 6. Explain to students why specific textbooks are chosen for each class.
  7. 7. When practical, allow multiple editions to be used for a course. Faculty may need to make adjustments in reading and homework assignments to accommodate multiple editions.
  8. 8. If supplemental material is sold with the textbook (a practice commonly called bundling), make sure all parts of the bundle are used for the course. If all pieces are not needed, work with the bookstore to order only what is needed.
  9. 9. Submit textbook orders to the bookstore well in advance.</li></li></ul><li>Online Textbooks<br /><ul><li> Generally less expensive than print versions which saves money for students.
  10. 10. Opportunities with publishers to explore existing options. Online textbooks are not what they were three years ago. So check them out.</li></li></ul><li>Online Textbooks<br />http://www.CourseSmart.com<br /> Online evaluation for Instructors<br />Kindle versions. Free software .<br />www.barnesandnoble.com/nookstudy<br />
  11. 11. National Repository of Online Courses<br />http://www.hippocampus.org/myHippo/?user=myMINN<br />Open Course Content<br /><ul><li>Algebra
  12. 12. Algebra (Spanish)
  13. 13. American Government
  14. 14. Biology
  15. 15. Calculus
  16. 16. Calculus (Spanish)
  17. 17. Environmental Science
  18. 18. Physics
  19. 19. Psychology
  20. 20. Religion
  21. 21. Statistics
  22. 22. US History </li></li></ul><li>MERLOT – Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching<br />http://www.merlot.org<br />Open Course Content<br />MERLOT is a free and open online community of resources designed primarily for faculty, staff and students of higher education from around the world to share their learning materials and pedagogy.   MERLOT is a leading edge, user-centered, collection of peer reviewed higher education, online learning materials.<br />
  23. 23. Open Course Content<br />Open Educational Resources<br />www.oercommons.org<br />www.oerconsortium.org<br />www.collegeopentextbooks.org<br />
  24. 24. Create Your Own Textbook<br />Use existing open source materials. (Creative Commons)<br />Use links to library resources. <br />Software is available to create materials<br />SoftChalk<br />lodeStar<br />Make sure you understand copyright issues.<br />
  25. 25. Open Course Content<br />Minnesota Online Digital Exchange<br /><ul><li> digital repository for Learning Objects.
  26. 26. accessible through Desire2Learn.
  27. 27. you can contribute and share.</li></ul>tinyurl.com/modemn<br />
  28. 28. Open Course Content<br />Your Library Resources<br />www.sctcc.edu/current-students/student-services/library-services<br /><ul><li> Databases – links to full-text</li></ul> articles and resources.<br /><ul><li> Atomic Learning tutorials</li></li></ul><li>Contact me <br />todd.digby@so.mnscu.edu<br />651-649-5759<br />www.twitter.com/tryandig<br />www.digby.us<br />