Alexander Nunez Torres from Lehman College adopts Lumen course ECO 166 – Introduction to Macroeconomics
TELL US WHY YOU CHOSE TO ADOPT OPEN RESOURCES, WHAT DID YOU USE BEFORE?
My main motivation was the textbook costs for the students. I have experienced first hand what it means to save money in textbooks. A great percentage of the students take this course because is a requirement for their respective disciplines and while this course without a doubt conveys knowledge that every citizen must know and be aware of, for most of our students the book becomes useless after one semester.
WHAT HAPPENED THEN? HOW LONG DID IT TAKE TO SWITCH OVER?
I created an OER in conjunction with other OERs like Openstax to create this course. Overall, it is my perception that working to generate an OER, is moving away from a centralized system (a textbook) to a Decentralized system. While in the centralized system you have the book as the guide and the preparation is arguably less work for the instructor (due to publishers), the benefits of customization and breaking the “lectures system” expectations for the students improves the dynamic in the classroom. Moreover, the decentralized system is flexible to the inclusion of new materials, and we get “up to date” with the material as well.
WHAT WAS THE REACTION FROM YOUR STUDENTS?
The students like the idea of not paying for a textbook. Our students, for the majority of them, this represents a relief on their budget.