“The open textbooks that I use are more flexible for teaching and truly modular. I can easily make selections that are directly relevant to the topics I cover in class…”
I have two adventures: (1) I adopted John Belshaw’s Canadian history textbooks in 2016-17 for my survey course. Changing textbooks can be a big project for such a large course. Overall, the experience was a terrific success. (2) I was so inspired by my experience with Belshaw’s open textbook that I co-authored a companion open textbook in Canadian history with Tom Peace from Huron College. We are now using this new textbook in our courses.
The open textbooks that I use are more flexible for teaching and truly modular. I can easily make selections that are directly relevant to the topics I cover in class. Students do not read anything beyond what is relevant to the course. Students also have easier access to the open textbook as it is available in multiple digital and print formats. The next open textbook that I co-authored has interactive elements that promote active reading exercises. This has been quite successful thus far.
eCampusOntario is adding to Sean’s story. He also created a fabulous visual syllabus using the expertise of Ken Hui, a Graphic Designer. It provides an engaging and informative snapshot of course activities, requirements, and resources.