Noé Dinnerstein from John Jay College adopts World Music Cultures
TELL US WHY YOU CHOSE TO ADOPT OPEN RESOURCES, WHAT DID YOU USE BEFORE?
I had two motivations. Firstly, I was dissatisfied with all the world music textbooks on the market. I am an active fieldworker with my own materials and my own experiences as a professional music and scholar. I also wanted to be able to include my own personal cultural background (Tejano) as part of my unit on Latin America–which no texts really touch upon. Secondly, I am continually outraged at the price of textbooks, and the high-handedness of publishers like Pearson. I felt it was my duty to help students with educational costs.
WHAT HAPPENED THEN? HOW LONG DID IT TAKE TO SWITCH OVER?
I started compiling my own materials into a text, and was using them as a supplement, but wanted to turn it into a standalone resource. I had attended workshops for Faculty Development Day, and decided to work on developing the OER text.
The library and administration have been supportive, and even got me a bit of grant money to remunerate me for the time spent. As an adjunct, the financial gesture is appreciated. >