Faculty: Apply Now to Participate in Libraries’ Alt-Textbook II Workshops

In response to the success of the 2016 workshops, OHIO librarians are offering 10 faculty the opportunity to participate in the 2017 Alt-Textbook II initiative to help overcome the obstacles instructors face when looking for alternatives to expensive textbooks. Attendees will receive a $250 stipend for their contributions and attendance of six one-hour workshops held Friday afternoons throughout spring semester.

These hands-on workshops will include topics such as: open educational resources, copyright and fair use; integrating and creating course content in Blackboard and Top Hat; finding free and licensed multimedia; and using Creative Commons licenses.

All faculty are encouraged to complete the simple application.  The deadline for consideration is JAN. 23, 2017.

Adrienne Erby, lecturer and program coordinator in counselor education and one of the 26 faculty participants in the Libraries’ 2016 Alt-Textbook Initiative, said students clapped the first day of class when they learned there were no textbooks to purchase.

“One of the things that was really challenging in a multicultural classroom is that there were so many textbooks and so many articles and resources that were needed, but I could never find them all in one book,” said Erby.

While revising long-established classroom courses to eliminate expensive textbooks is no small task, course instructors, like Erby, focused on a mix of the Libraries’ resources to cover classroom topics. Her students were challenged— and excited—to have so many options.

“There are almost too many resources for the class, but I would rather them to have too many than too few,” said Erby.

The 2017 Alt-textbook II workshops, which are open to everyone— even for those who choose not to apply for the incentive program, will be held from 1-2 p.m. in Alden Library room 251 on the following Fridays: Feb. 10 and 24; Mar. 17 and 31; and Apr. 7 and 21.

For more information, or if you are interested in support for an alt-textbook project of your own, please contact Janet Hulm or Kelly Broughton.