To build just and equitable implicit and explicit curricula in an urban BSW program at a medium-sized university, the program collaborated to eliminate the costs of textbooks. This was done through the development of an open access learning environment for a predominately first-generation student population. This article presents the model used to implement this open access textbook initiative, which resulted in the program’s successful transition to a fully open access format in less than 1 year. The specific methodology, funded by established university reimbursement structures, included the following three strategies: (1) adoption of available open access materials; (2) faculty developed content; and (3) purchase of books for lending libraries. Lessons learned and next steps for social work education are discussed.
Practicing What We Teach: Incorporating Open Access Into the Classroom
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Dawn McCarty, Dana S. Smith, Heather H. Goltz; Practicing What We Teach: Incorporating Open Access Into the Classroom. Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work 1 January 2021; 26 (1): 35–44. doi: https://doi.org/10.18084/1084-7220.127.116.11
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