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posted by Donna Stewart on 2021-11-19T12:11:00-05:00 | Comments

A New Open Educational Resource from CSU!Townsend book cover

Understanding Literacy in Our Lives: First-Year Writing Perspective 

Edited by Dr. Julie Townsend 

Dr. Julie Townsend, a 2021 Textbook Affordability Grant Recipient, has just published Understanding Literacy in Our Lives: First-Year Writing Perspective. 

This collection of texts aims at making writing studies and New Literacy Studies accessible and relevant to first-year writers across all disciplines. Writers with different experience levels and a wide range of goals will benefit from learning how to study reading, writing, communication, literacy, and education with the tools available from the discipline of writing. The essays contained in this text are strong examples of first-year writers investigating a wide range of contexts to better understand the literacies that make up their lives. 

Dr. Townsend will use this freely available Open Educational Resource in her English 102, College Writing II classes.  Congratulations Dr. Townsend!  

Dr. Julie Townsend has been an Assistant Lecturer in the CSU’s English Department since 2019.    

Faculty: there's still time to apply for this semester's textbook affordability grant - we've extended the deadline until December 10th.

You could be a hero!  Find, adopt, or adapt an existing open educational textbook or other educational resources to replace a traditional, high-cost textbook. Or create new open content to bridge gaps in available resources. Support will be provided by the Michael Schwartz Library, the Center for eLearning, and the Center for Instructional Technology and Distance Learning, and the Center for Faculty Excellence. Five awards are available.



Open Textbooks are a type of open educational resource, are full, often peer reviewed, textbooks licensed to be freely used, edited, and distributed. Increasingly, faculty members all across the country are adopting open textbooks as one way to address the crisis of textbook affordability. Visit the Open Textbook Library to peruse peer-reviewed textbooks and decide if one of them is right for your course, or send your syllabus to your personal librarian to map your current materials to openly-licensed content for you to consider. Successful applicants will receive support from a team of librarians and instructional designers who will help you adopt or adapt openly-licensed material for your use.

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