Many projects and websites provide access to open textbooks and other open content -- but the open content community is still forming. Numerous issues that impact open textbook implementation (such as creating sustainable review processes and institutional reward structures) have yet to be resolved. The ability to financially sustain a large scale open textbook effort is also in question.
The Open Access Textbooks Grant Project is working with others involved in open content to create a sustainable model for Florida and other states to discover, produce, and disseminate open textbooks.
This two-year initiative is funded by a grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE). The project will build on efforts in Florida and across the U. S. to create a sustainable open textbook model and a collaborative community to further implementation of open textbooks.
The model will suggest solutions to:
- Difficulties involved in locating open textbooks
- Uncertainties about the quality of open textbooks
- Lack of a sustainable financial model for open textbooks
- Issues related to tenure and promotion
- Barriers to open textbook adoption
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