The cost of commercial textbooks can be a roadblock to student learning, but open textbooks offer high quality alternatives to instructors. According to US Public Interest Research Group, upwards of 65% of students decide against buying a textbook because of cost. Librarians at Northwestern have identified open and free textbook options relevant to courses taught within SPS. In this webinar, Northwestern librarians Chris Diaz and Lauren McKeen discussed the state of textbook costs and shared how open educational resources can provide alternatives to commercial textbook options. Participants learned about high-quality open textbook resources, heard examples of open textbook use in
Senior Content Specialist
office hrs:9 am - 4:30 pm
As the SPS DL Senior Content Specialist, I’m responsible for editing, proofreading, formatting, and writing content for our course sites. I work with our Instructional Designers and our faculty to make sure that their course documents are in the best shape possible before they’re shared with the students. I am also responsible for training developers and designers on our accessibility standards, and I make sure that our online courses are compliant with web accessibility guidelines.
Editing for so many classes has the additional benefit of giving me the chance to read about topics I never would have considered before—I’ve learned a lot about forensic accounting, IT security, and global healthcare systems, just from reviewing handouts and assignments. I also write and edit the guides on this website, as well as many of the blog posts.
Before joining the NU team, I worked at DePaul University, and I maintain a small freelance editing business in addition to my full-time job. When I’m not rearranging sentences or fussing over the Oxford comma, I spend my time playing video games, having board game nights with friends, and reading novels and comics from my ever-growing book collection.
Posts by: Christine Scherer
This summer, AccessibleNU hosted their second UDL Workshop series. A cohort of faculty and academic staff, including Learning Designer and IDS instructor David Noffs and Senior Content Specialist Christine Scherer, learned about universal design for learning and best practices to design and teach courses that are welcoming and accessible for all students. The workshop series was packed with information and resources. Here are five of our top takeaways, plus tips on how to start incorporating UDL into your class! Takeaway #: For some, learning is not as easy as it looks. One of the biggest challenges faced by disabled and
Gamification is heard a lot in education, but some are still not sure what it means. In this webinar, learning designer Jacob Guerra-Martinez outlined the basics of gamification, focusing on the difference between using game concepts in a course as opposed to game play. It will go over the advantages of using game concepts, and how they can be easily implemented into an online course. Watch a recording on Panopto, or via the embedded video below.