Using an open textbook for your class
- Find the right textbook. Search the B.C. Open Textbook collection
- Review and evaluate to see if it matches your criteria and based on content, presentation, online accessibility, production options, platform compatibility, delivery options, interactivity, consistency between online and printed versions, and available ancillary material (test banks, PowerPoints, etc.). Many of the texts have been reviewed and some included support material.
- Decide if you want to use as is or modify it. One of the benefits of open textbooks is flexibility to modify and customize them for specific course designs as much or as little as you desire. If you want to make edits or append content, make sure the Creative Commons license allows for that (every CC license except the non-derivative license allows for modifications). If you are interested in modifying an open textbook, BC Campus provides some information about how to modify an open textbook. The Robertson Library has installed Pressbooks and can help faculty with migrating a text to that they can modify and adapt it.
- Distribute to your students. There are a number of ways in which you can do this.
- If you’re using a open textbook, provide the link to the textbook to your students. They will have the option to select which file type they would like to download, or they can purchase a low cost printed version. The Robertson Library has an Espresso Book Machine and we work with the bookstore to supply texts using a "print on demand" approach. Keep in mind that textbooks that have a specific non-commercial clause (CC-BY-NC) cannot be sold with a markup or at a profit. However, charging a modest cost-recovery fee for physical textbooks is considered reasonable.
- Alternatively, you can download copies of the book and put them on another site. Some examples of where you could put your own copies of the book files are:
- You can load the book files into your Moodle course and make them available for download.
- Use your Google Docs to store digital versions of the file and provide links to your students.
- Let us know. If you adopt an open textbook, tell us about it. Faculty adoption information is important to us and we would like support you.
(Adapted from BCcampus CC-BY.)
The Open Textbook landscape is a rapidly changing one, so these links will be updated regularly. If you find a resources that should be here please let Donald Moses know.