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 directory of what open textbooks have been adopted for courses in different disciplines. The OER Starter Kit offers an introductory overview of important topics concerning the use of OER. For attribution issues related to reusing material that is made available under a Creative Commons license or is in the public domain, the Open Attribution Builder comes in handy.
University of Kentucky faculty members who have questions about adopting alternative textbooks are welcome to contact UK Libraries.