Temple project “ditches textbooks” for digital alternatives

According to a report┬áin The Chronicle of Higher Education, eleven Temple professors received $1000 grants to create “alternative textbooks” that connected students with “primary resources” and used “social media.” Not surprisingly, students responded “with glee” to the free price tag. However, I am curious as to the actual effect of such alternatives on student learning and critical thinking skills. What do other SCT professors think? Would you be interested in a SCT teaching workshop featuring some of these professors?

Here is a link to a story about the grants at the Temple news site.