TAP 1 - 2013/2014

The Textbook Alternatives Project or TAP,  completed its first major project in the fall of 2013, with the completion of eight grant projects. The grants were a resounding success.

Seven of the eight projects found or created new (two wrote new textbooks), more affordable alternatives to their old textbooks, resulting in an estimated total savings of over $43,600 for just one semester, for our students.

In March, 2014, the success of TAP's first grant projects was recognized in a news announcement from the CSU's Public Affairs Office: http://blogs.calstate.edu/pa/news/?p=3826

The eight CSU, Chico faculty who were awarded grants in 2012 are: Leslie Atkins, Eric Ayars, Laurie Browne, Maria DeCastro, David Kagan, Jim Mensching, Susan Roll, and Steve Stewart. The eight grant winners each received $600.00 or an iPad.

For those unfamiliar with the Textbook Alternatives program, TAP's primary goal is to encourage faculty to replace their high cost commercial textbooks free or lower cost alternatives, such as OERs, library resources, digital textbooks, or self-authored content, while also maintaining or improving the quality of student learning.

TAP is a component of CSU, Chico's Affordable Learning Solutions (CALS) program, developed and supported by the Meriam Library and Academic Technologies. The Meriam Library provided funding for the first TAP grant awards.

Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others (Atkins, Brown, Hammond (2007).

Follow the link to see descriptions of the individual Textbook Alternative Projects completed by each of the following faculty members.

Leslie Atkins PHYS 341:  Advanced Inquiry into Physics, 12 students/sem

Eric Ayars PHYS 312:  Computer-Assisted Problem-Solving, 12 students/sem

Laurie Browne RECR 220:  Program Planning, 80 students/sem

Maria DeCastro JOUR 130:  Writing for Public, 175 students/sem

David Kagan PHYS 202A:  General Physics, 48 students/sem

Jim Mensching BSIS 105:  Intro to Computers in Business & BSIS 496:  Strat Iss for Info Professnls, 130 students/sem

Susan Roll SWRK 200:  Multicultural Awareness in Human Services, 60 students/sem

Steve Stewart SOSC 301:  Spatial Concepts, 100 students/sem