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Why Use Open Textbooks?

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Listen to a Physics faculty explain why he’s using an Open Textbook. 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.

Open Textbook Testimonial (Video on YouTube, ~8 min. created and narrated by physics Professor Erik Christensen of South Florida Community College) *License: Creative Commons, Attribution, Share-Alike.

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New Digital Biology Textbook to Cost CSU Students Just $39

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As part of a three-year partnership with Nature Publishing Group (NPG), publisher of the world’s leading scientific journal Nature, CSU faculty guided and advised the development of NPG’s Principles of Biology – the first in a series of interactive "born digital" textbooks. The "born-digital" textbook has been adopted by a number of CSU campus faculty.

Learn more about the Principles of Biology digital textbook.

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