Using Free, Openly-Licensed Textbooks in Your Classroom

Sep 11, 2018 · Abbey Elder

Are you concerned about the impact of high textbook costs on your students? The Office of the Senior Vice President & Provost, CELT, and the University Library have partnered to support a workshop led by the Open Textbook Network. In this workshop, participants will learn about options for promoting affordability and student success through the use of open textbooks. Abbey Elder, Open Access Librarian, will be present and available after the workshop to answer questions for instructors interested in learning more.

The workshop will be held from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm on Wednesday, Oct. 17 in 2030 Morrill Hall. Faculty who participate in this workshop and submit a review for a textbook in the Open Textbook Library will earn a $100 stipend for their review.

How You Can Participate

  1. Visit the Open Textbook Library and see if there are textbooks in your teaching areas*
  2. Register for a spot in the Open Textbook Library Workshop through Learn@ISU
  3. After attending the workshop, you will be contacted by the Open Textbook Network and asked to write a short review of a textbook in the Open Textbook Library

The OTN is an alliance of higher education institutions committed to improving access, affordability and academic success through the use of open textbooks. The open textbooks available in the OTN library have been licensed to be freely used, adapted, and redistributed. They have been reviewed by instructors from a variety of colleges and universities and can be downloaded for free or printed at a low cost. All textbooks in the library are either in use at multiple higher education institutions or affiliated with an institution, scholarly society, or professional organization.

For more information, contact Abbey Elder, Open Access Librarian.

*Capacity is limited, and open textbooks are not available for all subjects. Please identify a textbook in your subject area before registering for the event.