Monday, December 17, 2012

Guide for Adopting Open Textbooks: A Tutorial

To use open textbooks in your courses you need to:

   1. Find the right textbook
   2. Review and evaluate it
   3. Decide if you want to edit or update it
   4. Distribute it to your students

1. Find the right textbook

Use course objectives to write a list of search terms. (example search terms)

  • Keep in mind the level, or depth of textbook you need.
  • Remember: the book you select must be accessible to people with disabilities (see step 2 below)
  • Be sure to check copyrights. Use books with permission, under creative commons or other open licensing, or public domain (see step 2 below)

 Go to the COT-identified repositories listed below for open textbooks and search. Use advanced search options to narrow results. (example narrow search)

  • Connexions:
  • Internet Archive:
  • Commonwealth of learning
  • Orange Grove Text Plus
  • CK12
  • Curriki
  • Hippocampus
  • Wikibooks
  • The Assayer


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