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Textbook Publisher Content
Textbook publishers offer a variety of digital resources that can be used in online courses. Many of these materials (e.g. primary sources, interactive exercises, quiz banks, etc.) are engaging and well-developed, and they can also reduce the amount of time it takes for you to develop your own course content and activities.
Although publishers might tell you that these resources can constitute an entire course, that's not the case. No matter how much of their materials you use, you will still have to modify, massage, and create content. Do not think that by using publisher materials you will have little or no work to do on your course.
When considering publisher materials for your course, it is important to understand that there are some issues with these materials that might outweigh the benefits. Before adopting them, it is necessary to make certain that they address the following criteria for best practices in online education and compliance.
|Legal||Title 5 regulations (Section 59402) specify that students in distance education courses must be able to use electronic materials in the same way as they would face-to-face textbook materials. This means that students should be able to download, save, or print materials not only during the course, but after it as well. Publisher content that does not allow students to save materials is in violation of Title 5 regulations.|
|Since DE courses must show evidence of regular effective contact (Title 5) and regular and substantive interaction (federal), that evidence has to be available to accreditors and auditors. If it is on a non-Canvas site such as a publisher site, access to that evidence might not be forthcoming.|
In addition to the cost of textbooks, publishers often charge additional fees for digital resources.
Because resources are created by a range of publishers, there is no guarantee that the materials will be accessible to students with disabilities.
All digital resources must follow federal guidelines for student privacy, otherwise known as FERPA compliance. They are not always FERPA compliant.
There are numerous concerns with publisher content and best practices in online instruction.
There can be technical issues with publisher materials.