Week 10 Teaching Tips

Welcome to to week 10 and back to winter.  Spring textbook orders are due April 15, and 19% of us have to yet ordered summer books, so this week and next we will explore ways to save our students money on textbooks and why this is important.

Why is textbook cost important?

  • 82% increase in textbook costs since 2002
  • $1270 = national average for textbook costs last year at 2-year colleges
  • 23% of students regularly go without textbooks due to costs
  • 14% of students have dropped a class due to textbook costs
  • Textbook affordability is a retention issue
  • This information is from the recent webinar by Todd Digby at MnSCU.  More information can be found in his slides: http://asa.mnscu.edu/open/ihsummit/digby.pdf

How can I decrease the cost of the textbook I am currently using?

There are many options for ordering textbooks that can save students money (for example, custom, looseleaf, electronic options).  Work with Dawn and/or Veronica in the bookstore to explore these options and decide what works best for you.  More information about options will be provided in next week’s Teaching Tips.

What are resources for finding (and modifying) or creating free textbooks?  (See FreeTextbooks_Pros_Cons for a summary of the advantages and disadvantages of using free textbooks – descriptions are in the notes section of each slide)

To create your own textbook

  • Use existing open source materials (for example, Creative Commons)
  • Use links to library resources (contact your MCTC library liaison: http://library.minneapolis.edu/pages/faculty/faculty.htm)
  • Use software to create materials (SoftChalk, lodestar, Sigil)
  • Understand copyright issues

How can I view D2L quiz statistics?  (Thanks to Beth Jensen at Bemidji State for sharing this tip)

  1.     Go to Quizzes.
  2. Click the drop down arrow next to the quiz name and then click Statistics.
  3.     Use the three tabs across the top of the page to view User Stats, Question Stats, and Question Details.
  • User Stats: Class Average, Score Distribution, and Overall result for each student
  • Question Stats: Question-by-question listing showing the percentage of students who answered each question correctly.
  • Question Details: Question-by-question statistics displaying the entire question with answer choices, along with the percentage of students that selected each answer choice.
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