SFCC Professor Featured In Times for Open Textbook Usage
South Florida State College physics professor, Erik Christensen, was recently interviewed by Time Magazine for his use of open textbooks in his classes. The Times magazine article focuses on how the free open textbook movement is shaping and changing the higher education textbook industry.
Christensen has been using open textbooks in his classes, advocating for their use in other classes, and peer-reviewing other open textbooks for over five years. He began using open textbooks after he found that one of his students could not afford to purchase the newest edition of a textbook and asked Christensen to loan an older version for the class.
Open textbooks are non-published textbooks that are written by instructors and made available on repositories to download for free. The books can be modified by other instructors when needed to add additional information or explanations for their specific classes. Open textbooks can be printed out by college bookstore companies for a significantly reduced cost or can be downloaded for free on the Internet by students.
The Times magazine article can be viewed at: http://business.time.com/2012/08/10/free-textbooks-shaking-up-higher-education/. For more information about open textbooks, contact Christensen at 863-784-7363 or Erik.Christensen@southflorida.edu.