This project would not be possible without the assistance and support of many people.
I cannot express enough how grateful I am for The Ohio State University Office of Distance Education and eLearning. Thank you for offering a grant that enables instructors to create openly licensed materials. I appreciate the department’s commitment to affordable learning and access to quality higher education.
To Lynne Bonenberger, my editor: You are very gifted in your craft! Thank you for sharing your talents with me. Your feedback and revisions were invaluable to the quality of the textbook. You have made me a better writer in our time working together.
To Ashley Miller and Michael Shiflet, members of the Affordable Learning Exchange team: Thank you for being there to help with the creation of the book’s materials and answer questions about digital and open education resources.
A special thank you to Cheryl Brilmyer, my former project manager. You are amazing! You demonstrated a genuine desire to help with the project through your organizational skills. You played a key role in keeping me on track and completing this book. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
To the faculty reviewers, Dr. Susan Kline, Alyson Moses, Dr. Gerald Kosicki, and Dr. Felicia Ross: Thank you for the constructive feedback on the book content.
To Dr. Daniel McDonald, former department head of The Ohio State University School of Communication: Thank you for supporting my various career endeavors and acknowledging my contributions to the department. I appreciate your dedication to lecturers and our undergraduate students.
Thank you to the industry experts who came to The Ohio State University campus to record the videos that are presented in conjunction with the textbook. I am confident that those using this resource will appreciate a real-world perspective on writing.
Thank you to my family and friends who were willing to listen to me talk about my passion for creating this textbook (and making sure I didn’t work too hard).
To my students: You are the reason why I love my job. Thank you for challenging me as an educator and making my job fun. It’s an honor and privilege to hold such a great responsibility. You all matter so much to me. I am so blessed to wake up each morning and have passion for my job. This book is an extension of my love for education.