Some of these recommendations are OER, openly licensed and freely available books, which are written, edited, and reviewed by academics. Many of these openly licensed texts have been adopted by faculty at other community colleges and universities. We've also included library owned ebook options as potential alternatives. These books are available through SC4 library and are licensed as multi-user ebooks, meaning that your students may all view the text at the same time. Additional alternative options, such as custom anthologies, are also available by request.
If you are interested in adopting any of the resources found on this guide, all you'll need to do is update your department secretary within the textbook selection deadlines, and they will communicate the appropriate information to the bookstore. You'll also include the link to the selected resource in your course syllabus and your Canvas course site.
Need another reason to consider adopting an alternative textbook? Thanks to generous support by the SC4 Foundation, faculty adopting an alternative textbook for the first time in a course qualify to apply for an OER Pilot Award of up to $500.
Please contact Kendra Lake for more information, assistance, or if you are interested in building a custom anthology of resources.
Please note, textbook costs are based on FA19 textbook (new) costs for course section. Potential savings calculations are based on maximum potential student savings, understanding that not all course section enrollment capacity are identical, and not all students purchase a new textbook.