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Sara Lopus, Ph.D. from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
eTextbook: A Variety of OERs (Open Educational Resources)

A Variety of OERs (Open Educational Resources)
Sara Lopus, Ph.D.
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Campus Course

SOC 308: Sociology of the Environment

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“All the articles and nearly all the books were already available at no-cost to our students through the university library. For the handful of academic books that were not yet available for free, I requested that our library acquire unlimited electronic access to the books, and they did.”

Created April 2021

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Sara Lopus, Ph.D. from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
eTextbook: A Variety of OERs (Open Educational Resources)

A Variety of OERs (Open Educational Resources)
Sara Lopus, Ph.D.
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Campus Course

SOC 321: Migration

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“My main motivations to adopt OER were to save students money and to give me control over teaching exactly the content I wanted to present. ”

Created April 2021

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

A Variety of OERs (Open Educational Resources)
Laurie Smith
California State University, San Bernardino

Campus Course

Social Work 6061: Generalist Macro Practice I

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“It is always appreciated by students when they find out the faculty member has made an effort to lower their costs yet still provide them with high quality learning material.”

Created March 2021

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Hareem Khan, Ph.D. from California State University, San Bernardino
eTextbook: A Variety of OERs (Open Educational Resources)

A Variety of OERs (Open Educational Resources)
Hareem Khan, Ph.D.
California State University, San Bernardino

Campus Course

ANTH 3610: Cultural Entanglements and the Global Economy

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“I was always inspired by other faculty who made their courses cost-free for their students and after I explored these options a bit more, I decided to do the same. I do not believe students should have to pay additional funds for textbooks when the cost of education is already high enough.”

Created February 2021

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Stephen Goggin from San Diego State University
eTextbook: American Government from OpenStax

Stephen Goggin
San Diego State University

Campus Course

Political Science 102: Introduction to American and California Government and Politics

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“I wish I had known earlier how easy it would be to add an OER to my class. In particular, while one can redesign an entire class around new OER materials, there are many, like the text I adopted, that can easily slot into an existing course.”

Created July 2020

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Keslye Tinson from San Jose State University
eTextbook: Psychology from OpenStax

Keslye Tinson
San Jose State University

C-ID Course Identification Numbering System

PSY 110 - Introductory Psychology

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“The main motivation to adopt an open textbook was to redesign the course to be effective for both Psych majors and General Ed students. Students were able to download a PDF to their smartphone or laptop, use the Bookstore’s e-text software, or go directly to the OpenStax website for this particular resource. ”

Created February 2021

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John Mercurio from San Diego State University
eTextbook: American Government by Timothy O. Lenz & Mirya Holman from University Press of Florida

John Mercurio
San Diego State University

Campus Course

Political Science 102: Introduction to American and California Government and Politics

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“The feedback that I have received from my students has been overwhelmingly positive when it comes to the book. Many have expressed gratitude for the fact that the book is free of charge, and yet also has good content.”

Created July 2020

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Adam Sanford from California State University, Dominguez Hills
eTextbook: Introduction to Sociology 2e by Heather Griffiths, et al. from OpenStax

Adam Sanford
California State University, Dominguez Hills

Campus Course

SOC 101: Understanding Social Relationships: Global Perspective

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“Many of our students are low-income or first-generation, and the cost of textbooks can be prohibitive. I want to find ways to provide students with affordable course materials.”

Created March 2021

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Meredith Williams, Ph.D. from Humboldt State University
eTextbook: Public Sociology Toolkit by M. Williams and J. Teal

Meredith Williams, Ph.D.
Humboldt State University

Campus Courses

CRIM 362 – Community Action Research
SOC 590 – Practicing Sociology

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“I created this textbook with a group of graduate students (enrolled in SOC 590: Practicing Sociology) to give us a book we could use in research-based courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels.”

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Alexandrea Park, Ph.D. from California State University, Los Angeles
eTextbook: Boundless Psychology by Boundless

Alexandrea Park, Ph.D.
California State University, Los Angeles

Campus Course

PSY 419 – Psychology of Gender

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“The main motivation for adopting the open textbook was saving students' money. The secondary reason was the ability to customize the book for students' needs.”

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Cesar Abarca, Ph.D. from Humboldt State University
eTextbook: The Wisdom of Sustainability: Buddhist Economics for the 21st Century by S. Sivaraska

Cesar Abarca, Ph.D.
Humboldt State University

Campus Course

SW 649 – Advanced Generalist Social Work Practice for Wellness and Sustainability

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“Students were very enthusiastic to hear that I replaced expensive textbooks with an affordable textbook and two free online readings. They were also supportive of the idea of having course materials in electronic format that could be downloaded to electronic devices, rather than in paper form.”

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Anne Marenco from College of the Canyons
eTextbook: Sociology Online Text

Anne Marenco
College of the Canyons

C-ID Course Identification Numbering System

SOCI 110 - Introduction to Sociology

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“Adopting the open textbook has not created any challenges other than finding the time to revise the book every two years.”

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Heather Wylie from Shasta College
eTextbook: Introduction to Sociology from OpenStax College

Heather Wylie
Shasta College

C-ID Course Identification Numbering System

SOCI 110 - Introduction to Sociology

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“Given the high level of students living at or below the poverty line and first generation college students, I felt it was very important to increase student access to course materials. I found OpenStax through personal research into OER materials that met the needs of my courses.”

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Eric Strayer from Hartnell College
eTextbook: Introduction to Sociology from OpenStax College

Eric Strayer
Hartnell College

C-ID Course Identification Numbering System

SOCI 110 - Introduction to Sociology

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“Most of my students are low-income and work full or part-time and I would like to see them put their bucks into a laptop or tablet and have every teacher find them online free or inexpensive books.”

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Vera Kennedy from West Hills College
eTextbook: Introduction to Sociology from OpenStax College

Vera Kennedy
West Hills College

C-ID Course Identification Numbering System

SOCI 110 - Introduction to Sociology

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“The major motivation in adopting this textbook was to save students money, without sacrificing the quality of the content. I was impressed by OpenStax, and I thought I could work with it because the quality was equivalent to published textbooks. We had to get the approval from the curriculum committee, as we all have to use the same book. We can also use the supplements, if desired.”

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Chantal Lamourelle, Ph.D. from Santa Ana College
eTextbook: Attachment Through the Life Course by R. C. Fraley from Noba

Chantal Lamourelle, Ph.D.
Santa Ana College

C-ID Course Identification Numbering System

CDEV 100 - Child Growth and Development

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“My main motivation to adopt an open textbook was to reduce the textbook cost for students and to provide more access to courses which are cost prohibitive for some students solely due to the cost of the required text.”

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Amber Hammons, Ph.D. from California State University, Fresno
eTextbook: A Chapter from Attachment Through the Life Course by R. C. Fraley from Noba

Amber Hammons, Ph.D.
California State University, Fresno

Campus Course

CFS 38 – Life Span Development

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“Affordability is a concern of mine but equally important is finding OER that are high quality, rigorous, and appropriate for college students.”

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Kurt Kowalski, Ph.D. from California State University, San Bernardino
eTextbook: Educational Psychology

Kurt Kowalski, Ph.D.
California State University, San Bernardino

Campus Course

EELB 317 – Educational Psychology for a Diverse Society

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“The biggest challenge was the lack of ancillary resources; there aren’t any. I had to develop all my own materials which is more time consuming, especially since there is no test bank. I worry a little about the lack of these resources since occasionally adjuncts teach the class and not having ancillary resources will make it more difficult for them.”

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Nerea Marteache, Ph.D. from California State University, San Bernardino
eTextbook: Crime and Everyday Life

Nerea Marteache, Ph.D.
California State University, San Bernardino

Campus Course

CJUS 470 – Environmental Crime Prevention

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“I adopted this textbook for two reasons. First, I wanted to reduce the cost of the textbook. Second, I thought that the textbook I was using was too complicated for undergraduates, and I was looking for something a little bit easier for them to understand.”

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Jerry D. Breckon, M.P.A. from California State University, San Marcos
eTextbook: American Government by Timothy O. Lenz and Mirya Holman

Jerry D. Breckon, M.P.A.
California State University, San Marcos

C-ID Course Identification Numbering System

POLS 110 - Introduction to American Government and Politics

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“There were no major challenges in terms of support for switching to an OER textbook. However, as with switching to any new textbook there was a great deal of time (hours) spent preparing new material, syllabus, assessments, and projects to support the new OER text.”

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Nerea Marteache, Ph.D. from California State University, San Bernardino
eTextbook: A Variety of OERs (Open Education Resources)

Nerea Marteache, Ph.D.
California State University, San Bernardino

Campus Course

CJUS 590 – Special Topics — Wildlife Crime

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“The main motivation to adopt an open textbook was to save students money and also being able to customize course contents.”