Why an OER textbook?
OER are defined as “teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others.” (Hewlett Foundation). As a tutor in the English Lab, I often long for a writing resource that I can direct students to immediately. My hope is that by making this textbook free, I am removing one barrier to the difficult and exciting process of coming into their own as writers. I also feel that by making my writing available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license, I am joining a movement toward a more collaborative and empowered culture around teaching and textbooks. I am excited to be able to adapt excerpts of others' work and to know that some of my work may, in turn, be reshaped by others.
- Thanks to the Academic Senate of the California Community Colleges OER Initiative for generously funding this project not once but three times.
- Thanks to Shagun Kaur, Communications Studies instructor at De Anza College and Project Facilitator for the ASCCC OER Initiative, for offering support and encouragement throughout the process. She also provided much specific guidance on licensing, accessibility, and OER platforms.
- Thanks to Delmar Larsen for introducing me to the Libretexts platform, inspiring me, and responding to my questions so readily.
- Thanks to my untiring mother, poet and writing teacher Beth Mills, for so many hours of editing and encouraging notes.
- Thanks to my father, George Mills, logician and lover of precision, for his sentence editing and corrections to the logic.
- Thanks also to my friend and former student Maria Chow for her enthusiasm, marketing suggestions, and editing help.
- Thanks to Monica Bosson and the whole English 1C Level Group at City College for their support of the project and their willingness to share materials and teaching techniques.
- Thanks to Maggie Frankel, City College of San Francisco librarian and OER liaison, for introducing me to the field of OER and encouraging me to develop the grant proposal.
This book is licensed Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 except where otherwise noted. In a few cases we have adapted work licensed CC BY SA or CC BY NC SA.