Marcus Adams from University at Albany adopts Critical Thinking
TELL US WHY YOU CHOSE TO ADOPT OPEN RESOURCES, WHAT DID YOU USE BEFORE?
I first adopted by OER materials because I found several textbooks of equal or greater pedagogical value than existing textbooks offered by for-profit publishers. However, after working with these textbooks for several semesters I found many ways to improve them myself. The ability to make my own improvements and customization, even minor changes, to OER materials is what has convinced that they will continue to be useful in my teaching.
WHAT HAPPENED THEN? HOW LONG DID IT TAKE TO SWITCH OVER?
I have been revising and remixing OER materials that I have been using.
WHAT WAS THE REACTION?
Students’ reactions to me using OER materials have been entirely positive. Many students have taken initiative to tell me that they have appreciated these textbooks are free and immediately available to them at the beginning of the semester.