Faculty Showcase — Humanities


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Julie Chisholm from California Maritime Academy
eTextbook: A Variety of OERs (Open Educational Resources)

A Variety of OERs (Open Educational Resources)
Julie Chisholm
California Maritime Academy

Campus Course

HUM 400: Ethics

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“In the past, the textbooks I’d assigned in this course tended to be too narrowly focused, and were often written for philosophy majors or graduate students. They were also very expensive! Using Open Educational Resources allowed me to assign chapters or sections from several different texts; I didn’t have to worry about how much of each text I used, because everything was free to the student.”

Created April 2021

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Julie Chisholm from California Maritime Academy
eTextbook: A Variety of OERs (Open Educational Resources)

A Variety of OERs (Open Educational Resources)
Julie Chisholm
California Maritime Academy

Campus Course

EGL 225: Creative Writing

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“Using Open Educational Resources allowed me to assign chapters or sections from different texts or web material…even on the fly. I was also able to give students a choice of writing prompts from different OER sources: they could use whichever prompt they related to, or fit their needs the best.”

Created April 2021

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Joseph Dowd from California State University, San Bernardino
eTextbook: A Variety of OERs (Open Educational Resources)

A Variety of OERs (Open Educational Resources)
Joseph Dowd
California State University, San Bernardino

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PHIL 120 - Introduction to Ethics

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“Many copyright-expired translations of important humanities texts are available for free online. You can use these translations as they are or, alternatively, do what I did and reword these translations to create an easier reading experience.”

Created April 2021

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Esteban Córdoba from California State University, San Bernardino
eTextbook: A Variety of OERs (Open Educational Resources)

A Variety of OERs (Open Educational Resources)
 

Campus Course

SPAN 6630: Advanced Study of the Literature of Spanish America from Colonial to Contemporary Periods

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“I spent countless of hours browsing on a myriad of websites until I found ones that I thought would be an ideal fit for my class. Having identified an OER text, I continued to search for other versions of it until I found the one with the best quality.”

Created April 2021

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Carmen Jany from California State University, San Bernardino
eTextbook: A Variety of OERs (Open Educational Resources)

A Variety of OERs (Open Educational Resources)
Carmen Jany
California State University, San Bernardino

Campus Course

SPAN 3305: Applied Spanish Grammar

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“Students are happy to have a zero-cost class and are generally able to follow the course well. Completion of activities (and especially the current equivalent of the workbook activities) is better, since students do not have to purchase an expensive workbook. Also, the digital format allows for immediate feedback on some activities, which students appreciate.”

Created April 2021

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Chris Werry from San Diego State University
eTextbook: Reading, Writing, and Evaluating Argument by Chris Werry

Chris Werry
San Diego State University

Campus Course

RWS 100: The Rhetoric of Written Argument

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“Sustainability is key. I floundered around for quite some time trying to find ways of addressing this. Luckily, I received help and advice from Kate Holvoet (Library and OER initiative) and James Frazee (ITS). They also helped me find some local funding support through OER/ITS which has played an important part in developing and sustaining the project.”

Created July 2020

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Kaitlyn Creasy from California State University, San Bernardino
eTextbook: Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking by Mathew J. Van Cleave from OER Commons

Kaitlyn Creasy
California State University, San Bernardino

Campus Course

Hon 1200: Thinking Critically

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“One thing I wish I knew earlier was how high quality some of these OER materials can be! Another suggestion is to take a good deal of time going through the different materials available for your course and take time to make sure that the OER material you ultimately choose actually helps fulfill your course objectives.”

Created April 2021

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Sarah Mergel
eTextbook: History in the Making: U.S History through 1877 by University Press of Northern Georgia

Sarah Mergel

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HIST 130 - United States History to 1877

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“I adopted History in the Making for two reasons. As a co-author on this text, I had a hand in outlining the chapters and organizing the content. Therefore, I knew the information in the book worked well with what I tend to focus on in the survey course. Moreover, my students have access to a full textbook either for free if they use the digital version or for less money than they would pay for a concise textbook. I no longer have to worry about the student who halfway into the semester does not have the book because they could not afford it or because the bookstore ran out of copies.”

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Carmen Jany, Ph.D. from California State University, San Bernardino
eTextbook: Antologías de textos de didáctica del español

Carmen Jany, Ph.D.
California State University, San Bernardino

Campus Course

Span 615 – Second Language Acquisition

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“The main motivation for adopting the open textbook was saving students money and having more materials available. I knew that the Centro Virtual Cervantes site had high quality research posted as open source materials, so I searched the site for readings that aligned with the topics from the class.”

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Alice Taylor, Ph.D. from West Los Angeles College
eTextbook: Smarthistory from Khan Academy

Alice Taylor, Ph.D.
West Los Angeles College

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HIST 170 - Western Civilization I

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“Students often seem to struggle to understand architecture through the written word. One challenge is that readers need to refer to images; students have been taught to value text and often ignore the images that are integral to a presentation of architecture. Videos in Smarthistory help them experience movement through space and highlight visual features.”

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Rebecca Bryant Hewett, M.A. from California State University, Bakersfield
eTextbook: Community Tool Box by Work Group for Community Health and Development

Rebecca Bryant Hewett, M.A.
California State University, Bakersfield

Campus Course

English 305 – Modes of Writing

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“I began this in my online class because it was so easy and convenient to vary course materials and stop using the textbook.”

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J. David Jerez-Gómez, Ph.D. from California State University, San Bernardino
eTextbook: The Maqámát , The Decameron, Lazarillo de Tormés, Exemplary Novels, and Don Quixote from MERLOT.org

J. David Jerez-Gómez, Ph.D.
California State University, San Bernardino

Campus Course

Humanities 340 – Mediterranean Identities from the Margins

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“Since many of the students are first-generation college students from working class families, and the nature of the course requires access to a variety of texts, canonical and marginal, they are often either too expensive or very difficult to find. We determined that the OER textbooks option was the most appropriate for this innovative course. We found some of the texts available through MERLOT, and added other materials online as the reading materials in order to create an online reader.”

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J. David Jerez-Gómez, Ph.D. from California State University, San Bernardino
eTextbook: The Maqámát , The Decameron, Lazarillo de Tormés, Exemplary Novels, and Don Quixote from MERLOT.org

J. David Jerez-Gómez, Ph.D.
California State University, San Bernardino

Campus Course

Humanities 340 – Mediterranean Identities from the Margins

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“Since many of the students are first-generation college students from working class families, and the nature of the course requires access to a variety of texts, canonical and marginal, they are often either too expensive or very difficult to find. We determined that the OER textbooks option was the most appropriate for this innovative course.”

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Teresa Fernández-Ulloa, Ph.D. from California State University, Bakersfield
eTextbook: Acceso by Amy Rossomondo

Teresa Fernández-Ulloa, Ph.D.
California State University, Bakersfield

Campus Course

SPAN 490 – Senior Seminar in Spanish

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“A major motivation for adopting the open textbook has been to save students money, but also to make it easy to access.”

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Dean Ramser, M.A. from California State University, Dominguez Hills
eTextbook: Rhetoric and Composition from Wikibooks

Dean Ramser, M.A.
California State University, Dominguez Hills

Campus Course

ENG 108 – Freshman Composition I: Stretch 1

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“The main two motivations were to save students money and to increase flexibility in the way to teach microeconomics principles to incoming freshmen.”

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Sabrina L. Nelson from Berkeley City College
eTextbook: Rhetoric and Composition from Wikibooks

Sabrina L. Nelson
Berkeley City College

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ENGL 105 - Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking

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“The major reason for adopting this textbook was to save students money, and to have the ability to customize a rhetoric text to meet the needs of my students.”

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Nancy Armstrong, M.A. from California State University, Dominguez Hills
eTextbook: Rhetoric and Composition by Multiple Authors in Wikibooks

Nancy Armstrong, M.A.
California State University, Dominguez Hills

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ENGL 110 - Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking Through

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“My main motivation for adopting the open textbook was to save students money while exploring better opportunities to customize materials for my students.”

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Mark Stoner from Sacramento State University
eTextbook: Public Speaking by The Public Speaking Project

Mark Stoner
Sacramento State University

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COMM 110 - Public Speaking

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“I make use of textbooks as the basic source of content and use class time for activities that apply the content and practice skills. Therefore, I felt it was imperative that students had no excuse for not reading the course text." "Further, I appreciated the fact that I didn't feel compelled to use every chapter to justify the high cost of a typical textbook. While I did end up using all the chapters, uses came organically from the course design, not a sense of compulsion. I value OERs for the freedom of choice, usability, adaptability, accessibility and convenience they provide.”

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Kimberly Vincent-Layton, M.B.A. from Humboldt State University
eTextbook: Stand Up, Speak Out: The Practice and Ethics of Public Speaking from Saylor.org

Kimberly Vincent-Layton, M.B.A.
Humboldt State University

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COMM 110 - Public Speaking

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“One of the main motivations to use an open textbook was to reduce the cost of education for students. I have been involved in open educational opportunities for several years and believe wholeheartedly in making education available to everyone.”

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Armeda C. Retizel, Ph.D. from Humboldt State University
eTextbook: Stand Up, Speak Out: The Practice and Ethics of Public Speaking from Saylor.org

Armeda C. Retizel, Ph.D.
Humboldt State University

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COMM 110 - Public Speaking

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“MI wanted a textbook that was easily accessible to students in an online public speaking course. I wanted a textbook that students would actually read and use in the course. Too many of my students are avoiding buying textbooks because they are so expensive. I wanted a textbook that I could customize and supplement easily. I could do that with Stand Up, Speak Out.”

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Elizabeth Harris, Ph.D. from San Jose State University
eTextbook: Chapters from Stand Up, Speak Out: The Practice and Ethics of Public Speaking by B. Attias, A. Goding, J. Wrench, and D. Johnson

Elizabeth Harris, Ph.D.
San Jose State University

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COMM 110 - Public Speaking

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“The reasons I am interested in adopting this text are two-fold. The first reason, it is free. The students don't have to carry any financial burden for this text. Secondly I can deliver the two chapters to all of the students at the same time. I chose to embed the chapters in the course management shell making them available at a specified time in the semester.”

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Miriam Raub Vivian, Ph.D. from California State University, Bakersfield
eTextbook: History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by E. Gibbon

Miriam Raub Vivian, Ph.D.
California State University, Bakersfield

Campus Course

History 303 – The Roman Empire

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“My main motivation was to save students money. Not only is the cost of books continually rising, but CSUB has many students who are barely able to make it financially.”

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Margaret (Meg) Phelps from Ventura College
eTextbook: Khan Academy (formerly SmartHistory)

Margaret (Meg) Phelps
Ventura College

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ARTH 100 - Understanding Art

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“In the age of the information revolution, it is regressive not to embrace and employ the democratizing effect of free, quality, online content.”

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Brent Riffel from College of the Canyons
eTextbook: History in the Making: U.S History through 1877 by University Press of Northern Georgia

Brent Riffel
College of the Canyons

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HIST 130 - United States History to 1877

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“Open-source textbooks are vitally important to History courses, as they can provide effective ways of engaging students across many different ability levels. Not only are they affordable, but most significantly OER textbooks can be an integral part of open pedagogy, allowing students to take an active role in their readings, assignment, and assessments.”

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P. Scott Corbett from California State University, Channel Islands and Ventura College
eTextbook: U.S. History from OpenStax College

P. Scott Corbett
California State University, Channel Islands and Ventura College

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HIST 130 - United States History to 1877

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“My main motivation was to save students money and to give them a quality textbook that they could access electronically.”

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Stephen W. Campbell, Ph.D. from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
eTextbook: U.S. History from OpenStax College

Stephen W. Campbell, Ph.D.
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

C-ID Course Identification Numbering System

HIST 140 - United States History from 1865

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“I also wanted to save money for my students, which is important since, as a whole, they are highly indebted upon finishing their degrees.”

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Scott T. Paynton, Ph.D. from Humboldt State University
eTextbook: Survey of Communication Study by L. Hahn and S. Payton in Wikibooks

Scott T. Paynton, Ph.D.
Humboldt State University

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COMM 180 - Introduction to Communication Studies or Introduction to

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“My co-authors and I wrote our own and decided to make it open source and free for students. Our motivation was to provide students with free materials that can be updated on a regular basis by a broad range of people in our discipline, thus making the text constantly current.”

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Leslie Collins, M.A. from Modesto Junior College
eTextbook: A Primer on Communication Studies

 

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COMM 180 - Introduction to Communication Studies or Introduction to

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“I have transitioned to free OER textbooks for two of my other courses, and students report (in end-of-semester course review surveys) being thoroughly pleased with the value of those books.”

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Beverly K. Grindstaff, Ph.D. from San Jose State University
eTextbook: Smart History from Khan Academy

 

Campus Course

ARTH–DSGD 176A – History and Theory of Graphic Design

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“The main motivation in participating in this study and partially adopting an open textbook is to help ensure that any adaptation of OER materials is pedagogically sound and in the best overall interest of students (i.e., advantages must include more than the fact that materials are free).”

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Oraib Mango, Ph.D. from California State University, San Bernardino
eTextbook: A Variety of OERs (Open Education Resources) including Bint Arab

Oraib Mango, Ph.D.
California State University, San Bernardino

Campus Course

ARAB 381 – Cultures and Writings of Arab-American Women

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“The main motivations to adopt OERs were to save students money, provide them with a variety of teaching resources of different modalities, increase student engagement, and find more relevant materials.”

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Miriam Lizette Fernandez, Ph.D. from California State University, San Bernardino
eTextbook: Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing

Miriam Lizette Fernandez, Ph.D.
California State University, San Bernardino

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ENGL 100 - College Composition

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“I adopted this resource because I wanted to help students save money. I was a first-generation student and I remember it was always a struggle to buy all my textbooks at the same time. I feel good knowing that my students don’t have to worry about that for my course. Additionally, I wanted to assign readings that matched what I was doing in class with more flexibility.”

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Jason Magabo Perez, Ph.D. from California State University, San Bernardino
eTextbook: Fiction Writer's Workshop

Jason Magabo Perez, Ph.D.
California State University, San Bernardino

Campus Course

ENG 318 – Introduction to Creative Writing: Fiction

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“While this book is not the ideal text, I decided to use it because it assumes and develops further basic skills competencies in creative writing for all students. Also, the book was/is available electronically at our campus library. I discovered this particular text by browsing our campus library digital collections.”

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Chloe de Los Reyes, M.A. from California State University, San Bernardino
eTextbook: A Variety of OERs (Open Education Resources)

Chloe de Los Reyes, M.A.
California State University, San Bernardino

Campus Courses

ENG 105B – Accelerated Stretch Composition I for Multilingual Students
ENG 106B – Accelerated Stretch Composition II for Multilingual Students

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“I chose to put together my own material, in lieu of a traditional textbook, because it not only saves students money, it also gives students the opportunity to engage with a variety of authentic, 'real-world' texts/text sets at appropriate/various levels of difficulty.”

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Christina Villegas, Ph.D. from California State University, San Bernardino
eTextbook: Congressional Research Service

 

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PSCI 320 – The Legislative Process

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“I chose to use 'Congressional Research Service' reports instead of the previously used textbook 'Congress and Its Members' to save students money and to familiarize students with a valuable resource that they can continue to use throughout their education and career.”

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Michael Henderson, Ph.D. from California State University, San Marcos
eTextbook: The American Yawp

Michael Henderson, Ph.D.
California State University, San Marcos

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HIST 140 - United States History from 1865

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“Quite a few students complimented the online textbook for being clear and easy to read. Some explicitly said that it was easier to understand than a regular textbook, and students were also happy to have the text accessible at any time from computers and other electronic devices, without having to carry around a heavy book.”