Category Archives: Teaching

Wikipedia in the Classroom

Bumping this post up to the top for the OU Academic Tech Expo presentation!  (as an aside, just was in a G+ discussion about using PPT in teaching/classes and how much I don’t like closed slides – so am posting my presentation here as well as extra links).

Wikipedia – what is it and why should I learn to love it?

So we know students are going to Wikipedia, it is time to learn to love it!


Here are the links from the original post made for the OU TSI…..

This morning, John Stewart and I are giving a panel presentation at the OU Teaching Scholars Initiative.  We have pulled together a lot of links that we plan to share, and I though I would post them here as well.


How to Wiki:

Writing in the Classroom

How Wikipedia is used:

Faculty Stories – Dr. Michael R. Markham

Dr. Michael Markham, is the Case-Hooper Assistant Professor of Neurobiology in the University of Oklahoma Department of He has created a set of open materials for his students in his Introduction to Neurobiology course.   Course: BIOL 3833 Previous Textbook:  Different options over the years Alternative Textbook: a set of content and resources available on the courseContinue Reading

Faculty Stories – Dr. Wayne Riggs

Dr. Wayne Riggs is an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Philosophy.  He has adopted an open textbook for teaching Logic.   Course: PHIL 4133, Symbolic Logic I Previous Textbook:  Different options over the years Alternative Textbook: forall x, An Introduction to Formal Logic, by P.D. Magnus The following is a briefContinue Reading

Faculty Stories: Dr. William Ray

Dr. William Ray is the Vice Provost and Dean, Tulsa Graduate College He has created a digital course pack for his course, including his class lecture notes and additional content that he wrote and makes available to students as PDFs. Course: HR 5023, Introduction to Research in Human Relations Previous Textbook:  Introduction to Statistics by Mario F. Triola Alternative Textbook:Continue Reading

Faculty Stories:  Dr. Lawrence Baines

Faculty Stories: Dr. Lawrence Baines

As part of our ongoing series of faculty’s experiences creating and adopting alternative textbook solutions for students, this weeks post is from Dr. Lawrence Baines,  Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies and Professor of English Education in the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education has taken a different approach to open from some of the other faculty highlightedContinue Reading

Faculty Stories: Paul Sims

Faculty Stories: Paul Sims

As part of our ongoing series of faculty’s experiences creating and adopting alternative textbook solutions for students, this weeks post is from Dr. Paul Sims.  Dr. Sims received a grant from the Alternative Textbook Initiative here through OU Libraries to take the iBook he created for his CHEM 3753, Introduction to Biomechanical Methods lab andContinue Reading

Faculty stories: Laura Gibbs

Dr. Laura Gibbs has been teaching online since 2002, and has been teaching with open content almost exclusively for that time. She has worked over the summer of 2014 to create an Un-Textbook.  The resources are created from open content – so they are openly available for students in her MLLL 3043 Mythology and Folklore course, as well asContinue Reading

New Series – Faculty stories of Open Adoption

Back in July, I wrote about adopting an open textbook for my summer course, and received lots of great feedback – and I think many of us are wanting to know what others are doing to adopt open content. I would love to hear about the experiences of other faculty, support staff and students asContinue Reading

Adopting an Open Textbook

This summer I adopted an open textbook for my course – LIS 4223/5223, Information Technology Management.  This is an elective course for graduates and required for undergraduates in the School of Library and Information Studies at OU.  I have taught this course many times before, and it was designed to be delivered online.  This summer the courseContinue Reading