You've been assigned a course. Now what? Maybe you're getting ready to meet with Teaching and Learning Technologies or the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence on designing course objectives. Or maybe you want to figure out what textbook or course material you should use before you meet with TLT and CTLE. It's kind of a chicken and egg issue: you will want to choose a textbook or set of course material that aligns with your course objectives, but you'll need to have a general idea of your course objectives first. The following discovery tools can help get you started in thinking about course goals and textbooks:
While looking at how other people have described or taught the class, jot down a couple of keywords and use them to consult library and information resources to find content to fit your course:
You've got a textbook in mind for your course. Do you know how much it will cost for your students to get access? The average textbook price a student at the University of Utah pays for an individual course is $90.
If the textbook you've selected falls above this average, try negotiating the price down with the textbook publisher. This guide spells out a number of tips used by U of U librarians and professors to negotiate licenses.
Allyson Mower, Associate Librarian
Steve Bannister, Assistant Professor (Lecturer), Economics
Mark England, Associate Librarian
Rick Anderson, Associate Dean
Mary Ann James, Electronic Resources Manager
Shane Girton, Campus Store
Steve Beck, Print & Mail Services
Renee Dawson, Biology, also contributed to the list of negotiating tips.