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Michael Holden from California Maritime Academy
eTextbook: Circuit Analysis and Design by Fawwaz T. Ulaby, Michel M. Maharbiz, & Cynthia M. Furse from Michigan Publishing

Michael Holden
California Maritime Academy

Campus Course

ENG 250: Electrical Circuits and Electronics

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“I worked with our AL$ coordinator and librarian Katherine Luce, and browsed several OER Circuits and Electronics texts to see how they matched the content from the text I have been using. My main motivation was to save students money by adopting an OER textbook instead of the very expensive textbook I have used in the past.”

Created May 2021

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Hassan Tavakol from San Diego State University
eTextbook: A Variety of OERs (Open Educational Resources)

A Variety of OERs (Open Educational Resources)
Hassan Tavakol
San Diego State University

Campus Course

CIV E 444: Applied Hydraulics and Laboratory

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“My [teaching] philosophy is based on creating a student-centered environment in the classroom by reflection upon and adjustment of my teaching strategies in response to assessment of students. I continuously pay attention to student’s learning process and hear their voices throughout the semester on how they best learn each part of the course.”

Created July 2020

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Theresa Carlson from San Diego State University
eTextbook: Chemistry from OpenStax

Theresa Carlson
San Diego State University

Campus Course

CHEM 200: General Chemistry

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“I know the textbook cost is a big concern among student, especially with a course that has a lab component which adds to the cost. I wanted to do what I could to help ease the financial burden they face each semester when buying books.”

Created July 2020

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Mahmood Nikbakhtzadeh from California State University, San Bernardino
eTextbook: Arthropods of Public Health Significance in California by California Department of Public Health

Mahmood Nikbakhtzadeh
California State University, San Bernardino

Campus Course

HSCI 4503: Vector-borne Disease Control

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“I have composed my whole course using open resources (OERs). All are easily available to students. I have brought plenty of examples and have added from my own experience and research. ”

Created January 2021

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Douglas Leonard from San Diego State University
eTextbook: Astronomy from OpenStax

Douglas Leonard
San Diego State University

Campus Course

Astronomy 101: Principles of Astronomy

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“One POSITIVE result that had not really occurred to me has been that OER is vastly more “accessible” than a traditional text for students with vision impairment: It already exists in digital format (capable of being read by screen readers), and the OpenStax Astronomy text comes with “alternate text” for all figures in the book...”

Created July 2020

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Ryan Storz, M.S. from California Maritime Academy
eTextbook: Corporate Social Responsibility by D. Crowther and G. Aras

Ryan Storz, M.S.
California Maritime Academy

Campus Course

ENG 470 – Engineering Management

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“I extracted all of the sections I wanted the students to read from the PDF files so I could track the participation each week. It was easy for me to correct a lagging student after the first couple weeks of no participation.”

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Nicolas R. Malloy, M.S. from Humboldt State University
eTextbook: Geospatial Concepts by Nicolas Malloy

Nicolas R. Malloy, M.S.
Humboldt State University

Campus Courses

GSP 101 – Geospatial Concepts
GSP 101L – Geospatial Concepts

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“Accessibility is one of the primary advantages of a digital textbook. Course lessons, graphics, audio, and video for the course are designed to meet California State University goals for accessible technology. In addition, best practices are used for web page structure, semantics, and organization to optimize the use of assistive technologies. The goal is to ensure that all students, including those with disabilities, have equally effective access to quality learning experiences.”

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Aaron J. Corcoran, Ph.D. from Humboldt State University
eTextbook: Anatomy and Physiology by J. Betts, P. DeSaix, E. Johnson, J. Johnson, O. Korol, D. Kruse, B. Poe, J. Wise, M. Womble, and K. Young from Openstax.org

Aaron J. Corcoran, Ph.D.
Humboldt State University

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BIOL 150 - Zoology / Animal Diversity and Evolution

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“The main motivation for adopting this text was to save students money while ensuring they have access to high-quality learning materials.”

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Luidong Zuo, Ph.D. from California State University, Dominguez Hills
eTextbook: Introduction to Programming Using Java by David J. Eck

Luidong Zuo, Ph.D.
California State University, Dominguez Hills

Campus Course

CSC 295 – Select Topics in Computer Science: Software Development

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“After overall comparison, I decided to adopt this open textbook. The textbook is free to access in various forms and will save our students a lot of money. The website is very well designed in a real textbook format. Lots of references can be found on the website to give students further and advanced study opportunities.”

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Amlan Chatterjee, Ph.D. from California State University, Dominguez Hills
eTextbook: Data Structures and Algorithm Analysis in Java by C. Shaffer

Amlan Chatterjee, Ph.D.
California State University, Dominguez Hills

Campus Course

CSC 311 – Data Structures

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“The main motivation for adopting the open textbook was to save students money and provide access to the material online from anywhere using an electronic device.”

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Nelson Coates, Ph.D. from California Maritime Academy
eTextbook: Calculus–Based Physics, Vol. 1 by J. W. Schnick

Nelson Coates, Ph.D.
California Maritime Academy

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PHYS 200 S - Calculus-Based Physics for Scientists and Engineers: ABC

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“The main motivation for adopting this textbook was to save the students money, and also instead of having them spend money purchasing a textbook, have them purchase an online HW service subscription instead.”

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Dan Fernandez, Ph.D. from California State University, Monterey Bay
eTextbook: Light and Matter by B. Crowell

Dan Fernandez, Ph.D.
California State University, Monterey Bay

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PHYS 205 - Calculus-Based Physics for Scientists and Engineers: A

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PHYS 210 - Calculus-Based Physics for Scientists and Engineers: B

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“Some of the aspects of the textbook that the students appreciated, in summary, were that it was free, that it provided interesting, useful, and relevant background discussion on many topics within physics in a readily intelligible manner, and that it tends to provide excellent historical context on many topics.”

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Leah Sharp, Ph.D. from College of Marin
eTextbook: College Physics from OpenStax College

Leah Sharp, Ph.D.
College of Marin

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PHYS 205 - Calculus-Based Physics for Scientists and Engineers: A

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PHYS 210 - Calculus-Based Physics for Scientists and Engineers: B

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“Some of the aspects of the textbook that the students appreciated, in summary, were that it was free, that it provided interesting, useful, and relevant background discussion on many topics within physics in a readily intelligible manner, and that it tends to provide excellent historical context on many topics.”

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Zvonko Hlousek from California State University, Long Beach
eTextbook: College Physics from OpenStax College

Zvonko Hlousek
California State University, Long Beach

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PHYS 100 S - Algebra/Trigonometry-Based Physics: AB

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“It's very simple what motivated me to adopt OER. A publisher physics textbook fully bound is $250, a loose leaf book is $150, and the e-book is $120 or more. OpenStax College Physics is free to students online so the numbers tell the story.”

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Maruša Bradač, Ph.D. from University of California, Davis
eTextbook: College Physics from OpenStax College

Maruša Bradač, Ph.D.
University of California, Davis

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PHYS 100 S - Algebra/Trigonometry-Based Physics: AB

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“Saving students money was the main motivation for adopting the open textbook. Also there was no specialized textbook for teaching Physics of California and this textbook had a lot of everyday examples.The open textbook was incomplete for my course but all textbooks are so I supplemented it with external materials.”

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Ron Rusay from Diablo Valley College
eTextbook: UC Davis Chemwiki

Ron Rusay
Diablo Valley College

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CHEM 120 S - General Chemistry for Science Majors Sequence A

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“I became involved with ChemWiki about three and half years ago during its first year of development. My interest in OER is for the pedagogical improvements that it makes possible. Students in my chemistry classes are very well-prepared to go on to the next level.”

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Delmar Larsen from University of California, Davis
eTextbook: UC David Chemwiki

Delmar Larsen
University of California, Davis

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CHEM 120 S - General Chemistry for Science Majors Sequence A

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“We have mapped the ChemWiki curriculum to the Petrucci, Herring. Madura, et.al 10th edition as part of the NSF Grant. This mapping can help adopting faculty to understand the navigation through ChemWiki from a previously used traditional textbook.”

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Suzanne Wakim from Butte College
eTextbook: Introduction to Biology — Open & Free from Open Learning Initiative

Suzanne Wakim
Butte College

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BIOL 130 S - Organismal Biology, Ecology and Evolution

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“When I surveyed students about the traditional publisher textbook found that roughly half the students selected to buy the paper text, but many of these students ended up using both the paper text and the OER. Student commented that they appreciated the option, and I have kept these two options in my class since.”

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Roxann Schroeder, Ph.D. from Humboldt State University
eTextbook: Biology by Y. Avissar, J. Choi, J. DeSaix, V. Jurukovski, R. Wise, and C. Rye from Openstax.org

Roxann Schroeder, Ph.D.
Humboldt State University

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BIOL 135 S - Biology Sequence for Majors

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“The major reason I adopted this textbook was for the cost savings. When I asked my students, I found that many did not buy the book (they either borrowed it, tried to get access to the copy on reserve at the library, or did without).”

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Jane Monroe, M.A. from Humboldt State University
eTextbook: Biology by Y. Avissar, J. Choi, J. DeSaix, V. Jurukovski, R. Wise, and C. Rye from Openstax.org

 

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BIOL 110 B - Human Anatomy with Lab

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“The two main motivations for adopting OpenStax's Biology were to lower costs for the students and to have a customizable text.”

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Christopher Callahan, M.S. from Humboldt State University
eTextbook: Biology by Y. Avissar, J. Choi, J. DeSaix, V. Jurukovski, R. Wise, and C. Rye from Openstax.org

Christopher Callahan, M.S.
Humboldt State University

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BIOL 120 B - Human Physiology with Lab

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“I decided to use an open textbook because many of my students were not able to purchase the recommended textbook for the class.”

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Wendy Riggs from College of the Redwoods
eTextbook: Concepts of Biology from OpenStax College

Wendy Riggs
College of the Redwoods

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BIOL 130 S - Organismal Biology, Ecology and Evolution

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“With the arrival of Concepts of Biology, it suddenly became much easier to use OER! Once we adopted Concepts of Biology, we were able to create a customized copy of the text and order printed copies. Our bookstore was incredibly supportive of our efforts to reduce student cost.”

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Virginia Moran from Yuba College
eTextbook: Chapters from Concepts of Biology from OpenStax College

Virginia Moran
Yuba College

Campus Course

ECOL 10 – Environment Concepts and Issues

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“Many of my students are low income and being able to access free quality online textbooks is going to help them immensely.”

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Britt T. Elliott, Captain from California Maritime Academy
eTextbook: A Variety of OERs (Open Education Resources)

Britt T. Elliott, Captain
California Maritime Academy

Campus Course

NAU 110 – Seamanship

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“The main motivation to adopt these materials is that the majority of US Seamanship textbooks are completely out of date. I could not justify to my students or myself to buy various titles to cover the subject matter.”

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Britt T. Elliott, Captain from California Maritime Academy
eTextbook: A Variety of OERs (Open Education Resources)

Britt T. Elliott, Captain
California Maritime Academy

Campus Course

DL 105 – Marine Survival

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“Many of the books covering my topics are expensive and obsolete. I cannot justify having students spend money on books when only certain chapters have any value.”