Rather than assign expensive commercial textbooks, consider adopting freely available and openly licensed Open Educational Resources using the following basic steps:
The textbook for this class is an Open Educational Resource (OER), which is a free, high quality, and openly licensed material. You can access the digital textbook through Blackboard and you may print individual chapters or the entire text without restrictions.
If an existing OER doesn't fulfill the needs of your course, modify it using the following steps.
Below are some examples of how you might want to adapt OER:
All Creative Commons licenses require Attribution of the original source that you should include in your course syllabus and in your adaptations of the work. The basic elements of Attribution include:
Link to the attributed source below for more detailed information about how to attribute licensed materials
While works in the Public Domain do not require attribution, it is still a good practice to attribute the original work.
You may also find it useful to use an Attribution builder tool such as the one offered by the Open Washington Educational Resources Center.
Attribution: Focuses on giving credit to the original copyright holder of the licensed work.
Citation: References the source of information used for your research and utilizes style guides such as APA, MLA, or Chicago.
In some cases the work will provide suggested text for both attribution and citation. For example:
KBOR and its institutions are invested in advancing the use of Open Educational Resources. Visit their website for more information about upcoming and recorded workshops, trainings, and other resources. See below for more in-depth tutorials on OER:
Source: Beyond the Basics: Finding, Evaluating, and Adopting OER by Emily Hemmerling, Hutchinson Community College, February 23, 2023
Source: Beyond the Basics: Adapting OER by Judy Bastin, Director of Butler Libraries & Archives, March 16, 2023