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Dr. Lisa McDonnell
Dr. Lisa McDonnell
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"Open Textbook Adoption"
(CC-BY-SA*) (video, ~9 min., 27MB, wmv format)
Created by Paul Marks.

Dr. Lisa McDonnell of St. Petersburg College persuasively discusses the needs of her students and how an open textbook fulfilled those needs by giving her control of textbook content.

Click the link to view: "Open textbook Adoption"

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Erik Christensen (click to play video)

Erik Christensen
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"Open Textbook Testimonial"
(CC-BY-SA*) (~8 min., 28MB, YouTube® format)
Created and narrated by physics Professor Erik Christensen of South Florida Community College.

A collegeopentextbook.org advocate and trainer, Professor Christensen discusses the benefits to himself and his students of adopting an open physics textbook.  The customization of the open textbook with his own teaching materials, he believes, enabled him to make physics "more fun and interesting" for his students, with some choosing to major in physics at the universities.  Also, costs to students dropped from $178.00 to $13.00.

View Professor Christensen's video on YouTube®

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Janet Spencer
Janet Spencer
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"Janet Spencer: Fictional Open Textbook Adopter"
(CC-BY-SA*) (~3 min., 10MB, wmv format)
Created by Tahiya Marome of Foothill College, Los Altos, California. 

A fictional, composite community college faculty member, "Janet Spencer", for the benefit of her students, and to take advantage of the modularity provided by open textbooks, tells of her successful adoption of an open textbook for her class.  It was so successful she plans to write her own while on sabbatical.

Click the link to view: "Janet Spencer: Open Textbook Adopter"
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