When Professors Ask for Resources

January 2007
by Steven Karris

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Judith:

When Professors Ask for
Resources

 

by Steven Karris

 

Recently, professors have
been contacting me to find out what “resources” I provide for titles they are
considering for adoption. By resources they mean anything that can help
alleviate their workload, including a syllabus, solutions to end-of-chapter
exercises, exam problems with solutions, programming scripts (which provide
computer-language statements about performing a task such as solving a complex
problem) and presentation materials (which might include view foils for use
with an overhead or slide projector prepared with software packages such as
Microsoft PowerPoint that can be distributed as handouts).

 

Here are my answers, with the hope
that others who publish for the academic market will find them useful.

 

A Resources Roundup

 

My books generally include a
detailed summary at the end of each chapter, and I tell teachers that each
bulleted paragraph of the summary can help them make their own presentation
materials by expanding on the main topic and adding examples or referring to
examples in the text.

 

As a teacher, I used to give my
students practical information along with a syllabus. The information included
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