Faculty Encouraged to Create Alt-textbooks

IMG_0006It is encouraging to see a higher ed institution like Temple University encouraging their faculty to create their own e-textbooks. Their alt-textbooks project gives a faculty member a small grant of $1,000 to create their own e-textbook resource from publically available sources interleaved with materials traditionally authored by them. A range of authoring tools supporting multimedia of all kinds are combined in these rich media texts in a standard format. The students then have customised resources accessed from a range of devices available 24/7 online for each subject at no cost.

Surely this is a model my own small institution could adopt at little cost.

[For anyone interested I used Wasabi Paint on the iPad to create the crude diagram. I wouldn’t recommend this app an won’t be using it again. Other than limited undo their appears to be no erasure tool.]