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Open Educational Resources (OER): Tools for Affordable Learning

This guide describes high-quality educational resources that can be used to decrease material costs for courses at WSU and in higher education more broadly.

Affordable Learning Projects

In 2016-2020, the WSU Provost's Office, Academic Outreach & Innovation, and WSU Libraries partnered to support faculty members who wanted to transition their courses to use open educational resources and other affordable materials. This page summarizes some of these projects as well as others that are known to WSU Libraries. The goal is to provide examples for other faculty members who may be interested in doing similar work.

Note the following news stories about the Affordable Learning Grant Program:

Paul Verrell: BIO 102

Paul Verrell photo  Biology OpenStax textbook

As of 2018, Paul Verrell makes use of the open textbook, OpenStax Biology, in teaching BIO 102.

Myiah Hutchens: COM 101

Myiah Hutchens head shot    Screenshot showing annotations using Perusall

For COM 101, Myiah Hutchens developed an open textbook, COM 101 Testbook. She used Pressbooks to host the text but also integrated it into Perusall--a platform that allows students to annotate and respond to class texts. Because her text was openly licensed, Hutchens' students were able to annotate without paying a licensing fee. By encouraging students to annotate, Hutchens was able to enact some of the themes in her course--inviting students to actively participate in dynamics and communication strategies common to contemporary media. 

Kate Watts: ENGLISH 301

Kate Watts photo   A Rhetoric of Literate Action textbook

In 2016, Kate Watts adopted an existing open textbook, A Rhetoric of Literate Action, for use in ENGLISH 301. Professor Watts spoke about her project at an Open Education Panel in March 2018. 

Alma Rocha: FINE ARTS 101

Art and Contemporary Critical Practices textbook

In summer 2017, Alma Rocha adopted the open textbook Art and Contemporary Critical Practice for use in FINE ARTS 101.

HBM 280

Introduction to Tourism and Hospitality in BC textbook

In 2017, the faculty members teaching HBM 280 on all WSU campuses collaboratively identified open and licensed resources for use in their course. They borrowed portions of the open textbook Introduction to Tourism and Hospitality in BC and paired these excerpts with articles and other library-licensed materials, which they make available to students via Blackboard. Mark Beattie, Jennifer Sandstrom, Byron Marlowe, Florian Zach, and Ruiying Cai participated in the project. 

Babu John Mariadoss: MKTG 360

Babu John Mariadoss head shot   Core Principles of Marketing textbook   Screenshot showing the cover of Core Principles of International Marketing

For MKTG 360, Babu John Mariadoss developed an open textbook, Core Principles of Marketing. This text combined portions of two open textbooks, Principles of Marketing and Introducing Marketing. The open licenses on both of these books enabled professor John Mariadoss to combine and adapt them for his course. He used Pressbooks to host the text and integrated an annotation collect student feedback

For IBUS 482, he also developed the text Core Principles of International Marketing. He again used Pressbooks to host his project.

Scott Blasco: MUS 151

Scott Blasco photo   Music Theory textbook 

In summer 2017, Scott Blasco adopted an open textbook, Understanding Basic Music Theory, for use in MUS 151. 


Screenshot for Introductory Physics Lab   Physics OpenStax textbook

PHYSICS 101 on the Pullman campus makes use of an open textbook, OpenStax Physics. Find out more at the Introductory Physics Lab website. Professors Fred Gittes and Brian Collins also spoke about their use of OpenStax Physics in conjunction with Perusall as part of a Faculty-Led Workshop in November 2016.

Samantha Swindell: PSYCH 105

photo of Samantha Swindell      front cover of Swindell's OER textbook

Samantha Swindell (Psychology) worked with graduate students to create an adapted version of OpenStax' Psychology textbook. The students each revised a section of the book to create Introductory Psychology, which is being used in PSYCH 105. 

Amy T. Nusbaum and Dee Posey: PSYCH 210

Amy Nussbaum headshot   Dee Posey headshot    Cover to the Psychology as a Science textbook by Posey and Nussbaum

Amy Nusbaum and Dee Posey in the Department of Psychology collaborated on the text Psychology as a Science in 2018-2019. They used Pressbooks to host their text.

Carrie Cuttler: PSYCH 312

Carrie Cuttler head shot      Research Methods textbook

Carrie Cuttler (WSU Department of Psychology) developed an open textbook for PSYCH 312: Research Methods in Psychology (3rd American edition). She developed her text from previous open editions by Rajiv Jhangiani (Kwantlen Polytechnic University), I-Chant Chiang (Quest University Canada), Paul C. Price, and Dana C. Leighton. Cuttler used Pressbooks to provide her students with access to this text.

Lee Daffin: PSYCH 328 and PSYCH 470

Lee Daffin head shot   Principles of Behavior Analysis and Modification textbook   Cover to Daffin's Motivation textbook

Lee Daffin created an open textbook for PSYCH 328: Principles of Behavior Analysis and Modification. He vetted the text with students in fall 2017 and developed a new edition using the feedback that he received. The text is hosted in Pressbooks.

In 2018-2019, Daffin also created the text Motivation for PSYCH 470.

Alexis Bridley and Lee Daffin with Carrie Cuttler (editor): PSYCH 333

Lee Daffin headshot    Cover to the Essentials of Abnormal Psychology text

In 2018-2019, Alexis Bridley, Lee Daffin, and Carrie Cuttler collaborated on the text Essentials of Abnormal Psychology. They used Pressbooks to host their text.

Joy Egbert and Seyed Abdollah Shahrokni: TCH_LRN 416/516

Joy Egbert headshot    Seyed Abdollah Shahrokni photo     Cover to the textbook CALL Principles and Practices

In 2018-2019, Joy Egbert and Seyed Shahrokni collaborated on the open text CALL Principles and Practices for TCH_LRN 416/516. They used Pressbooks to host the text.

Joy Egbert and Susan Skavdahl: TCH_LRN 445

Joy Egbert headshot  Susan Skavdahl photo  Methods of Education Technology textbook screenshot

For TCH_LRN 445, Joy Egbert and Susie Skavdahl developed and openly released a textbook previously published by Pearson in 2009: Supporting Learning with Technology: Essentials of Classroom Practice. Pearson released copyright, making the project possible. Egbert and Skavdahl added a Teacher Toolkit and Instructor's Guide and published the resulting open textbook, Methods of Education Technology: Principles, Practice, and Tools, using Pressbooks.

Will Luers, Digital Technology & Culture

Photo of Will Luers wearing a hat and glasses    Icon for the Digital Technology and Culture open textbook

The Digital Technology and Culture Open Education Resource (OER) was created through the Digital Publishing Initiative (DPI) at the Creative Media & Digital Culture (CMDC) program, with support of the Library and Academic Affairs at Washington State University Vancouver, an Undergraduate Education Curriculum Grant and an Affordable Learning Grant. DTC 101 is an undergraduate course in the CMDC program that serves between 60-100 students each semester. The course provides a necessary orientation to the main theoretical concepts of digital media as a field of study and as an evolving medium of artistic expression and communication. This DTC 101 textbook will be a core text in multiple sections of the DTC 101 course, with individual professors providing their own syllabi and additional readings.

Christine Curtis, COM 102 (Global)

Christine Curtis photo   Exploring Public Speaking book cover illustrated with a building at sunset or sunrise.

In 2019-2020, Christine Curtis worked with WSU Libraries and Academic Outreach and Innovation to adapt Exploring Public Speaking: The Free Dalton State College Public Speaking Textbook for use in COM 102 (Global).

Theresa Jordan, HIST 380

Theresa Jordan    Human Geography book cover

In 2019-2020, Theresa Jordan worked with WSU Libraries and Academic Outreach and Innovation to adapt Introduction to Human Geography for use in HIST 380/480 on the Pullman campus.

Kimberly Vincent, MATH 351

Kimberly Vincent photo  

In 2019-2020, Kimberly Vincent created an open textbook for MATH 351 (Algebraic Thinking for the Middle School Teacher) with support from WSU Libraries and Academic Outreach and Innovation.

Katherine Banks, POLS 101 (Tri Cities)

Katherine Banks photo

Working with WSU Libraries and Academic Outreach and Innovation, in 2019-2020, Katherine Banks adapted American Politics: Citizenship, Civic Literacy, and Political Engagement for use in POLS 101 (American National Government).

Gisela Ernst-Slavit and Joy Egbert, TCH_LRN 413

Gisela Ernst-Slavit headshot    Joy Egbert headshot

In 2019-2020, Gisela Ernst-Slavit and Joy Egbert developed the open textbook Planning Meaningful Instructions for ELLS for use in TCH_LRN 413 (Introduction to ESL for K-8 Teachers).

Leah Sheppard, MGMT 401

Leah Sheppard photo

In 2019-2020, Leah Sheppard developed Fundamentals of Leadership for use in MGMT 401 (Leading People and Organizations).

Collin Shull and Priya Panday-Shukla, SPAN 204

Photo of Collin Shull    Screenshot showing the Diablitos Hablantes homepage

In 2020, Collin Shull and Priya Panday-Shukla created a web-book for SPAN 204 called Diablitos Hablantes along with homework made available via Canvas. Diablitos Hablantes includes interviews with Spanish speakers who are local to the Pacific Northwest and thus uses OER to highlight regional accents, experiences, vocabulary, and perspectives for students.

Johanna Phelps, ENGLISH 402

Photo of Johanna Phelps

In 2020-2021, Johanna Phelps created the open textbook Consequential Contexts: Principles for Effective Community Engagement in Technical and Professional Writing for ENGLISH 402 at WSU Vancouver.

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