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Baker Lawley publishes free textbook on prior learning

Baker Lawley, clinical instructor of experiential learning opportunities with the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) and Bachelor of Arts in Multidisciplinary Studies (MDS) programs, recently authored the open textbook Prior Learning Portfolio Development: A Guide to Presenting Experiential Learning for Academic Credit. The textbook leads students through the steps of challenging courses for academic credit based on their knowledge gained in settings outside the traditional classroom.

Baker’s role as clinical instructor of experiential learning opportunities focuses on integrating real-world applications with a student’s academic work. His Prior Learning Seminar uses the textbook to lead students through the process of making their portfolios to challenge courses. He is also the internship coordinator for the BAS and MDS programs and spends much of his time working to develop and implement further experiential learning opportunities across campus.

He was able to publish the textbook in partnership with Boise State University’s eCampus Center through the Open Book Summer Grant Program. The textbooks produced by faculty in this cohort utilize open educational resources (OER) and original writing. They are available as free, open-access textbooks to students.

Learn more about the publication of new OER textbooks created by Boise State online faculty at the Open Book Showcase 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30. Register here.

Participants will hear how all the Open Book Summer Grant recipients took their OER aspirations from vision to reality in eight weeks during the summer of 2020.