The LibreText OER textbook platform makes it easy to customize an existing OER textbook to make it your own. This can include adjusting its content to be more consistent with your presentation, adding new content of your own, and mixing in content from other OER sources. Join Paul Seeburger, Professor of Mathematics at Monroe Community College, as he demonstrates how he customized an OER differential equations textbook by William Trench for use with his students, adjusting some content and adding a section of his own material on bifurcation. He will also share how he has customized the OpenStax Calculus textbook for use in his Calculus 1-3 courses.
In addition to what looks like a traditional textbook delivered online, it’s now possible to leverage the online environment to provide students with a much more actively engaging and interactive experience, going well beyond simple text and static images.
Although it takes time and effort, OER textbooks can come alive with concept explorations, interactive exercises and activities that check and enhance student understanding, and dynamic figures that help students gain insight into important relationships and concepts. To show how this can be done, the presenter will share how he has started this process by integrating formative interactive exercises and dynamic figures into his custom textbooks to help students visually explore a variety of topics including spring motion and bifurcation in differential equations and volumes of revolution and surface intersections in calculus.
United States, Davis, CA
Contributed by: Paul Seeburger