Communication Arts & Sciences adopts free online textbook as part of University

The Penn State Berks Communication Arts & Sciences (CAS) program is blazing a trail toward an initiative in higher education by adopting a free online textbook, which can also be downloaded and printed, for all sections of the course Effective Speech (CAS100A). This online textbook, The Public Speaking Project, will be used in the University Open Educational Resources (OER) textbook pilot initiative. The adoption of this free text has a positive impact on every academic program at Penn State Berks, as all students are required to take Effective Speech.

Many universities and colleges have been working to reduce textbook costs for students, while state legislatures are encouraging colleges and universities to find ways to limit costs for students.

Dr. Michele Ramsey, Associate Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences, and Women's Studies, is a contributing author to a chapter of the free online textbook, ?Using Language Well.? Ramsey is well versed in the use of open source materials for courses.

This initiative supports the college?s strategic plan in promoting the use of digital technologies in teaching and learning to energize and increase student learning. In addition, it supports Penn State University President Barron?s imperatives, to increase affordability and access for students.

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