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Introductions

Introduce yourself here and tell us about you, your interest in the project, and why you’re interested in helping create open textbooks.

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  1. Hi! I’m Dave Braunschweig, a full-time faculty member in Computer Information Systems at Harper College in Palatine, Illinois, US. I’ve been creating OER for six years now, and almost all of my courses are based on open content, with many striving toward open pedagogy as well.

    I describe my programming fundamentals course as being “language agnostic”. Students are free to select the programming language they want to use for the course. Most students choose Python, but there is also interest in Java, JavaScript, C#, and C++. I have an open learning guide, but have been looking for an open textbook to go with it. I recently discovered “Programming Fundamentals - A Modular Structured Approach using C++”, and believe it provides a good starting point for this effort.

    I’d like to extend the existing title by making it more generic in approach and including a variety of programming language examples. Students would be able to focus on their language of choice, but would always be aware that the same concepts exist in most programming languages, just with a different syntax or library.

    I’m interested in creating open content from several perspectives. First, it’s a social justice issue. Making information and learning accessible enhances our community (locally and globally). Second, I know from experience that students are more successful with open content and open courses than they are with proprietary textbooks. Third, I am confident that there are others with similar interests who can help make this revised title much better than I would be able to on my own.

    I look forward to working with you!