Champions of Open

Interested in how your fellow colleagues have incorporated open educational resources and practices into their teaching? View the stories below for some example projects. 

Champions of Open
  • Jim Clark [Champion of Open – History]

    Jim Clark [Champion of Open – History]

    I found that many students in my GEP American History (AMH2020) course were not buying the textbook, instead opting to buy textbooks in their majors. In 2016, I adopted an open educational resource in the form of an e-textbook, U.S. History, available through OpenStax. Students can download the whole book or chapter-by-chapter in my online class section.Read More »
  • Su-I Hou [Champion of Open – Health Management and Informatics]

    Su-I Hou [Champion of Open – Health Management and Informatics]

    Because of the rapidly changing development on HIV/AIDS epidemics, prevention and treatment, I have used various government official resources and credible academic and professional websites to provide updated trends, statistics, news, and information to educate my students about various issues critical to HIV/AIDS prevention, testing, and treatment.Read More »
  • Bruce Wilson [Champion of Open – Political Science]

    Bruce Wilson [Champion of Open – Political Science]

    Describe your open educational resources and/or practices: I use the Krutz & Waskiewicz (2019) resource called American Government 2e published by OpenStax, which is available online. In many ways the book contains all the material of a traditional textbook but with the added benefit that it can be easily edited, the chapters rearranged and/or, reordered, … Continue reading "Bruce Wilson [Champion of Open – Political Science]"Read More »
  • Annabelle Conroy [Champion of Open – Political Science]

    Annabelle Conroy [Champion of Open – Political Science]

    Since 2015, I have not asked students to purchase textbooks. I use open educational resources in these courses: (1) POS2041 American National Government, (2) POS4074 Latino Politics, (3) INR4085 Women, Gender, and Globalization, and (4) INR4076 Global Drug Policy – and any other course I teach.Read More »
  • Justin Reyes [Champion of Open – Physics]

    Justin Reyes [Champion of Open – Physics]

    Students in my PHY2054C College Physics 2 course use open educational resources. In this course, the OpenStax textbook for college physics, which is available online, serves as a valuable resource for open education. It provides an easily accessible and personally editable textbook, with many example problems and exercises, along with access to other open source software such as PhysTech lab simulation programs.Read More »
  • Aniket Bhattacharya [Champion of Open – Physics]

    Aniket Bhattacharya [Champion of Open – Physics]

    I have been using the OpenStax College Physics textbook for College Physics II. Several of my colleagues are also using the same textbook for College Physics I. Jim Paradiso, an instructional designer from the Center for Distributed Learning, has imported the entire textbook in my course module for easy access by the students. The textbook and other resources are entirely free which takes away big financial burden from the students.Read More »
  • Luca Argenti [Champion of Open – Physics]

    Luca Argenti [Champion of Open – Physics]

    Before the start of Fall 2020, all faculty at the UCF Physics department teaching one of the many sections of PHY2054, Dr. Bhattacharya, Dr. Brueckner, Dr. Cooney, Dr. Dhalla, Dr. Jerousek, Dr. Kang, Dr. Kara, Dr. Reyes, Dr. Tetard, Dr. Vaida, and myself, have taken the collective decision of adopting OpenStax College Physics, a free online textbook, to reduce the financial burden on our students. In the past, several of us have expressed reservations towards adopting OpenStax, since the quality of the book is not uniform, and the collection of exercises in it has only a partial alignment with our standards.Read More »
  • Ellen Kang [Champion of Open – Physics]

    Ellen Kang [Champion of Open – Physics]

    For my Physics 2 course (PHY2054), I adopted the OpenStax College Physics e-textbook (by Rice University) as an open educational resource in Fall 2019. I have continued using the open resources for my current PHY2054 course in Fall 2020. In addition, PhET, a free online interactive simulation, was very useful to teach important concepts in physics in a virtual setting.Read More »
  • Dan McConnell [Champion of Open – Psychology]

    Dan McConnell [Champion of Open – Psychology]

    I use OER for three courses: (1) PSY2012 General Psychology, (2) PSY4604 History & Systems of Psychology, and (3) EXP3204 Sensation & Perception. I use the Psychology open textbook through OpenStax for PSY2012, plus curated materials for the other upper division courses.Read More »
  • Tiffany Earley-Spadoni [Champion of Open – History]

    Tiffany Earley-Spadoni [Champion of Open – History]

    I created my own STARS digital repository of Open Educational Resources for the ASH3200 Ancient Near East Societies course, in collaboration with Lee Dotson in the UCF library. In part, my research focuses on how digital technologies are transforming the fields of history and archaeology. So, I used my familiarity as a researcher with exemplary digital projects to identify open educational resources that could be used by specialists like me to replace and supplement traditional textbooks.Read More »
  • Nicole Lapeyrouse [Champion of Open – Chemistry]

    Nicole Lapeyrouse [Champion of Open – Chemistry]

    Being in academia and having talked with students, I know they do not always buy the textbooks and instead use outside resources. With this in mind, I have adopted an OER textbook for both my geology (GLY1030) and chemistry (CHM2045) courses. I give students the option for my Chemistry Fundamentals course of either purchasing the required text or using the OER textbook that follows the same format. In addition, I have crafted my own educational resources in the form of novel multimedia to help better relate to students and to offer them free resources that I have curated. I did this because most publisher content comes with prerecorded videos and worked out problems and I wanted students to have those resources as well.Read More »
  • Dan Murphree [Champion of Open – History]

    Dan Murphree [Champion of Open – History]

    In my AMH2020 (U.S. History II) course, I use The American Yawp, a "Massively Collaborative Open U.S. History Textbook.” According to the publisher, "In an increasingly digital world in which pedagogical trends are de-emphasizing rote learning and professors are increasingly turning toward active-learning exercises, scholars are fleeing traditional textbooks.Read More »
  • David Head [Champion of Open – History]

    David Head [Champion of Open – History]

    I use OpenStax's U.S. History textbook. I reviewed a chapter of the text before publication, and when my history colleague Jim Clark sung the book's praises, I decided to try it. I've used OpenStax since the Spring 2017 semester, although I did once try a competing OER text, American Yawp.Read More »
  • Anonymous [Champion of Open – Physics]

    Anonymous [Champion of Open – Physics]

    I use mostly the OpenStax physics and astronomy textbooks. I publish them in The exception is my PSC1121 textbook, which I wrote and copyrighted; it is also on our Pressbooks platform.Read More »