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Alternative Textbooks: Previous Awards

2017

For the fourth year of our Alternative Textbook Grant, the OU Libraries made awards of up to $2,500 available to full time faculty to support the adoption of an alternative textbook. These grants are designed to support faculty in transitioning to open course materials. Dean Kelly Damphousse (an OpenStax textbook user) from the OU College of Arts and Sciences contributed funds for CAS faculty members awarded through the Libraries' grant program. Associate Dean Laku Chidambarum and Dean Daniel Pullin from the Price College of Business provided matching grants for the College of Business faculty.

College of Arts & Sciences grantees:

  • Karen Meysick, Lecturer, Microbiology and Plant Biology: Dr. Meysick will adopt the OpenStax Microbiology textbook, saving her students nearly $200.00 apiece in textbook costs.
  • Julie Ward, Assistant Professor, Modern Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics: Dr. Ward specializes in 20th- and 21st-Century Latin American Literature and will teach using a combination of library resources and original content for her "Hispanic Cinema Studies" course. Dr. Ward incorporates open pedagogy into her teaching practices, and will continue to involve her students in the creation of a new OER.
  • Krishnan Shankar, Professor, Mathematics: Dr. Shankar was awarded two Alternative Textbook Grants. For the first, he will adopt Grinstead and Snell's open textbook Introduction to Probability. Dr. Shankar was also funded to enhance the functionality of WeBWork, and open source online homework and grading system for mathematics students.
  • Heather Ketchum, Associate Professor, Biology: Dr. Ketchum has been using an open textbook since 2014. Her Alternative Textbook Grant will allow her to add an index to her heavily modified OpenStax textbook, enabling students with print versions of the book to quickly locate the material they need. 
  •  Kimball Martin, Mathematics: Dr Martin will create an original OER for students in his "Introduction to Number Theory" class.
  • Phil Gibson, Associate Professor, Microbiology and Plant Biology: Dr. Gibson will be creating a lab manual for students in his "Evolution, Ecology, and Diversity" class.
  • Kyungwon Koh, Assistant Professor, Library and Information Studies: Dr. Koh will be using her grant to create an open textbook for her class, "Makerspaces: Theory and Practice." 
  • Kathleen Crowther, Associate Professor, History of Science: Dr. Crowther will create a more effective resource for her "History of Science to the Age of Newton" students by migrating original content to create.ou.edu, creating new material, and adding interactivity to the site in the form of videos, role playing, and interactive texts.
  • Suzanne Moon, Associate Professor, History of Science: Because existing textbooks are a poor fit for Dr. Moon's "Science and Technology in Asian History" class, she will be using her grant funds to create an openly licensed textbook that provides an introduction to the history of science in Asia without assuming any area studies background on the part of students.
  • Susan Nash, Adjunct Professor, Human Relations: Dr. Susan Nash, a second-time ATG grantee, will create an openly licensed, original text for her class, "Change, Challenge, and Creativity in the Workplace." Dr. Nash completed two open textbooks during the 2015-2016 grant cycle.
  • Mark Norris, Assistant Professor, Modern Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics: Finding a traditional textbook difficult to work with, Dr. Norris will be creating openly available problem sets, short readings summarizing important concepts, and videos to accompany the readings for students in his "Syntax" class.
  • William Kurlinkus, Assistant Professor, English: Dr. Kurlinkas will create his own materials mixed with existing openly licensed works for his "Technical Writing" class.
  • Darin Davis, Instructor, Classics and Letters: Dr. Darin Davis continues to hold costs down for his students by using library resources instead of traditional textbooks. Dr. Davis will be eliminating three textbooks for his "Gods and Heroes" class by using library databases, primary source material, and online sources.

Price College of Business Grantees:

  • Ron Bolen, Assistant Professor, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development: Dr. Bolen will be saving students in his "The Entrepreneurial Process" class money by creating original course materials, as well as bringing in cases from the public domain.
  • Marcus Wolfe, Assistant Professor, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development: Dr. Wolfe will significantly lower costs for his students by moving from a traditional textbook to a low cost ebook. As a result, students in his "Business Strategy and Policy" class can expect to save over $300.00 each.

Gallogly College of Engineering Grantee:

  • Chad Davis, Instructor, Electrical and Computer Engineering: Dr. Davis has proven to be a prolific OER creator, and an outstanding advocate for "open!" This year, Dr. Davis will be writing an open textbook for his class "Introduction to Basic Principles of Electromechanical Systems." In the 2016 – 2017 grant cycle, Dr. Davis created two original open textbooks, one on A.C. circuits and another on D.C. circuits.

Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts Grantee:

  • Kenneth Haltman, H. Russell Pitman Professor of Art History, School of Fine Arts: Dr. Haltman will be working with the OU Libraries Leganto system (in concert with Hypothes.is) to create course readings for his "Understanding Art: American Art History" class. As a second time grantee, Dr. Haltman continues to be mindful of the cost of traditional textbooks in his discipline.

Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education Grantee:

  • Maeghan Hennessey, Associate Professor, Educational Psychology: Dr. Hennessey specializes in instructional psychology and technology and will use her award to adopt and create materials for a doctoral-level course about instrument development.

 

2016

For the third year of our Alternative Textbook Grant, the OU Libraries made awards of up to $2,500 available to full time faculty to support the adoption of an alternative textbook. These grants are designed to support faculty in transitioning to open course materials. Dean Kelly Damphousse (an OpenStax textbook user) from the OU College of Arts and Sciences supplied matching grants for CAS faculty members awarded through the Library's grant program. Associate Dean Laku Chidambarum from the Price College of Business supplied matching grants for the College of Business faculty.

  • Dr. Eric Abraham,
  • Dr. Katie Barwick-Snell 
  • Dr. Bruce A. Boggs,
  • Dr. Paul Branscum,
  • Dr. Alejandro Chavez-Dominguez
  • Dr. Robert Cichewicz
  • Dr. Theresa Cullen
  • Dr. Chad Davis
  • Dr. Robert Daufenbach
  • Dr. Will Drover
  • Dr. Robert L. Kerr
  • Dr. Sarah Maness
  • Dr. Susan Marcus-Mendoza
  • Dr. Susan Nash
  • Dr. Jeremy Short
  • Dr. Julie Ward

2015

For the second year of our Alternative Textbook Initiative, the OU Libraries made grantees of up to $2,500 available to full time faculty to support the adoption of an alternative textbook. These grants are designed to help support the faculty in transitioning to open course materials.  Dean Kelly Damphousse (an OpenStax textbook user) from the OU College of Arts and Sciences supplied matching grants for  CAS faculty awarded through the Library's grant program.  

  • Dr. Katie Berwick-Snell, Associate Professor in Human Relations.  Dr. Barwick-Snell has adopted an open textbook for her course HR 3013, Introduction to Human Relations.  Her previous textbook cost students $128. 
  • Dr. Eli Bridge, Assistant Professor Oklahoma Biological Survey, and Adjunct Assistant Professor Department of Biology.  Dr. Bridge is creating a custom content solutions for his course BIOL 3103, Principles of Physiology, replacing the $200 book he has used previously.  
  • Dr. Shane Brady, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work.  Dr. Brady is creating custom reading lists for his students using OU Library's licensed resources, and web-based content for his course SWK 5763 Community Organizing and Development, saving his students approximately $100 each.  He is also working with create.ou.edu to encourage his student to manage their own domains and portfolios.  
  • Dr Sudarshan Dhall, professor in the School of Computer Science, is using an open textbook for the Discrete Structures section of C S 5005 Computing Structures.  
  • Lee Fithian, Associate Professor College of Architecture is creating a custom content solution for her course ARCH 6133 - Sustainable Design Analytics, using web and OU Library's resources, replacing a $152 textbook.
  • Dr. Laura Gibbs, lecturer and online instructor is creating an open un-textbook for MLLL-4993 Epics of Ancient India, replacing up to $82 in textbook costs. You can follow Dr. Gibb's work at her Indian Epics Amar Chitra Katha Blog, her OU Digital Tools blog, and Anatomy of an Online Course blog.  You can also read more about her thoughts on open textbooks.  
  • Laniel Gibson Department of Mathematics pre calculus coordinator is using the OpenStax Pre-Calculus to create custom solutions for both Math 1503 College Algebra and Math 1523 PreCalculus with Trigonometry.  This adoption will save approximately 1,700 students over $100 each year. 
  • Dr. Kenneth Haltman,  H. Russell Pitman Professor of Art History is making the use of open and OU Library materials part of the course redesign for AHI 2014 Introduction to Art History: What Is Art  and AHI 2014 Introduction to Art History: The Creative Process.  He is replacing a book that cost students over $260. 
  • Dr. Heather Ketchum, Associate Professor, Biology has created her own custom textbook for BIOL 2124 Human Physiology based on the OpenStax Anatomy and Physiology textbook.   The book is available through her open course on Janux, and you can also check out her Physiology videos on YouTube.  Students in her courses can access the book online, saving them $150 each.    
  • Dr. Robert L Kerr, Gaylord Family Professor and Edith Kinney Gaylord Presidential Professor in Journalism.  Dr. Kerr is replacing the $180 textbook for JMC 4813 Mass Communication Law with an alternative solution including government resources, open and OU Library content.  
  • Dr. Glen Krutz, Professor in Political Science.  Dr. Krutz plans to use on open textbook for his course P SC 1113, American Federal Government, saving his 300 students over $100 each. 
  • Dr. Christian Remling, Professor in the Mathematics Department, is creating an alternative solution for Math 5353 and Math 5363: Abstract Algebra 1 and 2, by using his own course notes as well as some additional open resources, saving students over $100.  
  • Dr. Colin Rhinesmith, Assistant Professor in the School of Library and Information Studies.  Dr. Rhinesmith is adopting an alternative solution based on an open textbook for  LIS 5253 - Community Relations and Advocacy.  The previous book was listed at $49.  
  • Dr. Scott Robinson,  Associate Professor and Bellmon Chair of Public Service in the Political Science Department is creating an alternative solution for PSC 5170 / PA 4220 Grants and Contracts, replacing the 3 textbooks previously used and saving student $244.  
  • Dr. Milos Savic, Assistant Professor Department of Mathematics.  Is creating his own open textbooks for Abstract Algebra.  He wll be working on the book over the summer of 2015, and the resulting text will be CC licensed.

2014

For our first year of our Alternative Textbook Initiative, the OU Libraries made grantees of up to $2,500 available to full time faculty to support the adoption of an alternative textbook. These grants are designed to help support the faculty in transitioning to open course materials.  Support for finding open content and structuring a complete solution for faculty is available from University Libraries. 

  • Dr. Diana Bairaktarova, Formerly an Assistant Professor of Engineering Physics, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering.  Dr. Baiaraktarova is adopting an open textbook for the course AME 2213 Thermodynamics.  She is creating a custom solution for her students that will save them the 85 students enrolled in this course $217 each.
  • Dr. Susan Burke, Associate Professor, School of Library and Information Studies is adopting an open textbook for her course, LIS 5713 Evaluation Methods.  This online class of 35 generally spends $62 each on textbooks. Read more about her open textbook adoption
  • Dr. Kurt Gramoll, Robert Hughes Centennial Professor of Engineering, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, has written his own textbooks for the courses that he teaches, and has made these materials available for other faculty to use at ecourses.ou.edu. For the grant award, Dr. Gramoll is working on adapting his content to be used on tablets for texting during courses.  Read more about his ebook and tablet projects.  
  • Dr. Kun Lu, Assistant Professor, School of Library and Information Studies is adopting an open textbook for the LIS 4063/5063 Information and Communication Technology.  This required course has a general textbook cost of $230 per student, with an enrollment of up to 35 students. Read more about his open textbook adoption.
  • Dr. Paul Sims, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has worked with graduate student Alyssa Hill to develop an iBook lab manual.  For this grant project, the iBook will be adopted for additional platforms, as well as adding functionality.  The previous purchased manual for 98 students cost approximately $100.

All totaled, the potential savings in one semester is over $62,000.