UK Libraries hosted a panel discussion about how instructors found and adopted free learning materials for their courses. Click the video below to view the discussion.
Some forward-looking faculty members have also switched to using alternative textbooks for their courses. These videos fill you in on the reasons for the change and the resulting benefits.
Educators may want to take into account certain factors when considering the adoption or adaptation of alternative textbooks for their courses. The Open Textbook Library at the University of Minnesota has offered this review rubric for instructors:
Other rubrics are also available for reference:
The California State University-MERLOT program provides a gallery of how instructors in different disciplines have adopted and used open textbooks. Also, the Open Textbook Network has created a guide that illuminates what instructors need to know when modifying openly licensed textbooks.
University of Kentucky faculty members who have questions about adapting alternative textbooks or would like to create alternative textbooks are welcome to contact UK Libraries.