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Open Textbooks: Introduction

What are Open Texbooks

  • Open textbooks are part of a larger movement called "Open Educational Resources" (OER)
  • An open textbook is a textbook with an open copyright license that allows the material to be freely accessed, shared and adapted.
  • Open licenses allow instructors to adapt, remix, or customize existing open textbooks to maximize instructional content to meet their own learning objectives
  • Many open textbooks are developed through traditional peer review, others are vetted by experts.  As with any textbook, the instructor is the final judge of whether an open textbook meets the needs of the course.

5R's of Openness

Further reading

David Wiley on why open textbooks are the way forward

Richard Baraniuk from Connexions on TED

Licensing