I am interested in finding a textbook replacement for the fundamentals of communication course I teach. I am not aware of a currently-available, quality open source book or even that much quality open source materiala for communication. Finding/creating/adapting suitable material is going to be a long process, so I also want to explore some smaller goals.
I am motivated to explore OER and textbook replacements because of textbook costs and the impact these costs have on my students’ ability to achieve their educational goals.
If I were to dream big about OER, I would love to have a 15-chapter textbook that was approved by an academic communication association like the National Communication Association. It would be ideal if this hypothetical book were created through crowd-sourcing the best ideas from many expert faculty across the globe.
I am trying to decide what might be some first steps toward this goal. A smaller goal might be to find/create/adapt enough quality material to allow students to purchase a cheaper custom version of an existing textbook by replacing some portions. This goal will also probably need to be done a little bit at a time.
I am interested in exploring how I may best use OERs as a math educator. I am not sure where this will lead me, but I will remain open to all posibilities. Mainly, I want to do what is best for my students and their education. This semester I have my calculus students exploring various online “supplements” to the course and evaluating the resources throughout hte semester. I want to get a feel for what they feel is valuable from a learner’s point of view, and likewise what is not valuable.
I have my reservations though. As a teacher I have always been teaching from a traditional textbook, and as a student, I have always relied on a traditional textbook. I want to make sure any change I make will not hinder my students ability to meet all the course objectives. Oh and part of it is just plain old fear of change! I also have very little knowledge with technology, etc. which concerns me greatly. I have a huge amount to learn.
Overall I am excited about this, and look forward to what the future holds.
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