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Alt-Textbook Workshop

Library faculty Jennifer Ward and Jonas Lamb wrapped up the pilot Alt-Textbook Workshop series which was supported by  Academic Innovation Funding.    Five UAS faculty members (4 from Juneau, 1 from Ketchikan) from English, Education, Economics and Construction Technology completed the workshop.  Each provided positive comments on the opportunity to collaborate with faculty outside of their departments, the dedicated time to explore and discover high quality and relevant open educational resources (OER) and discuss among peers the potential for adopting these resources as alternatives to traditional textbooks in their courses.  Participants identified and reviewed 15 OER while also reading and providing annotations for 5 scholarly articles exploring OER in the context of pedagogy, efficacy, student engagement and scholarly communication.  At least one participant indicated intent to adopt an open textbook for Fall 2016.   A more formal report and presentation of findings/impact will follow and be made available at convocation.  Project details and a resource list of OER reviewed by UAS faculty are available at the new Alt-Textbook webpage.


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