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Create a Textbook or Adapt an Existing One
Adapting and Creating OER
Texts are regularly created and updated to assist educators wishing to adapt and create learning materials. Check out the guides below.
Authoring Open Textbooks
This guide is for faculty authors, librarians, project managers and others who are involved in the production of open textbooks in higher education and K-12. Content includes a checklist for getting started, publishing program case studies, textbook organization and elements, writing resources and an overview of useful tools.
OpenStax CNX: What is Localization?
This page offers a useful overview of making a textbook more relevant by changing the original context of the item.
Modifying an Open Textbook: What You Need to Know
This is a five-step guide for faculty, and those who support faculty, who want to modify an open textbook. Step-by-step instructions for importing and editing common open textbook file and platform types are included.
Guide to Developing Open Textbooks
This how to guide has been developed to assist teachers, teaching support personnel and educational technology administrators to: understand the value of open education, OER and open textbooks for teaching and learning; appreciate the potential value of developing an open textbook platform; select appropriate technology to build an open textbook platform, using either existing services offered free on the Internet or open-source tools, based on local needs and resources; and build, manage and maintain an open textbook platforms.
A Guide To Making Open Textbooks With Students
A handbook for faculty interested in practicing open pedagogy by involving students in the making of open textbooks, ancillary materials, or other Open Educational Resources. This is a first edition, compiled by Rebus Community, and we welcome feedback and ideas to expand the text.
Editing and Authoring Software and Platforms
The PressBooks book production software is widely used for OER creation. It can be used for free with Pressbooks watermarks appearing. For-cost upgrades are available to remove the marks and to supply other options. For help:https://eduguide.pressbooks.com/
Offers tools to support drafting, review, and publishing of books and other materials in an integrated, iterative process. No cost, though additional features can be purchased.
An open source publishing platform. Manifold is the result of a collaboration between two public universities and a digital development agency staffed with humanities scholars. It's designed to provide a solid, robust publishing platform that is easy to install and use.
A space for collaboratively authoring books.
LibreTexts - Free the Textbook
This repository represents a multi-institutional collaborative effort to improve higher education learning through OER development. Cross search disciplines by doing a Web (Google or other) search using a topic word, format type, and the word Libretexts, such as "biology simulation libretexts."
The multi-disciplinary holdings in Libretexts include textbooks, simulations, visualizations, homework exercises, and more. Users can create and contribute materials.
An online platform for creating and hosting books built using the GitBook format. .GitBook can output content as a website or an ebook in multiple formats. Hosting is free if the book is open. Those unfamiliar with GitHub may find GitBooks at first overwhelming. But ample orientation documentation is offered.
This page describes how HTML5 can be a no-cost key to building creative OER web content
The LaTeX project public license is a free software license. A go-to solution for those authors writing textbooks that includes formulas. Authoring options such as Pressbooks and Libretexts have instructions for integrating LaTeX content.
Merlot Content Builder
A free web page and website development tool that is integrated into Merlot.
Open Educational Resources (OER) Commons
This site supplies free "OpenAuthor" software to combine text, pictures, sound, files and video to save openly licensed educational resources you can share. This easy to use software is not specifically geared to create a textbook, though you can fudge it!
A community for developing, creating, modifying, and reviewing open textbooks.
Available free on the Mac App Store. Facilitates the creation of iBooks textbooks for iPad, iPhone, and Mac.
Hosting & Discoverability Options for Your OER
Once you've created an Open Educational Resource, it can be hosted via the Auraria Library. After your material is hosted, linking it to one or more of the "Referatories" listed below will help others discover your work.
Host & Share Your Creation through Auraria Library!
The Library encourages submissions of open textbooks or other open educational learning materials created by faculty or staff on the Auraria Campus for inclusion in the Auraria Institutional Repository (AIR). Please submit through the self-submittal tool linked below. Need help? Contact email@example.com.
Advantages to including your created material ("object") in AIR:
- The Library will preserve each object for the life of the University using Amazon-based cloud backups.
- The Library will host each object in its original format and, as a matter of course, render them in accessible PDF format and in JPG format.
- The Library will catalog each object and enter the associated record into OCLC, thereby increasing discoverability of the object through library and web searches.
- Each object will be text-searchable and indexed in Google.
- The creator has the right to request the Library take down the object from public view at any time.
- The creator may have the object hosted concurrently in any other repository they choose.
- The object will be assigned a digital object identifier (DOI) This is a unique identifier to an instance of an item where the item is hosted.
Places to Link Hosted OER
Open Textbook Library
This site facilitates discovery of hundreds of fully vetted open textbooks from higher education partners in the Open Textbook Network (OTN). Though these titles can also be searched in larger referatories like the OER Commons, you may prefer starting with a quality textbook-only collection.
Authors with textbooks meeting the quality parameters dictated by OTN may have their book hosted by the Open Textbook Library.
A large OER and learning materials site linking to various types of materials including textbooks, simulations, assessment tools, tutorials, quizzes, and more. Use advanced search for more precise retrieval. After executing a search, the same search can be repeated in a search engine or in other collections. Users can create and contribute material.
Open Educational Resources (OER) Commons
A large OER repository with textbooks and multiple types of learning support materials. Try the advanced search option to refine a search using such options as limiting to resources with ratings or comments. Users can create and contribute material.
Evaluation and Peer Review: Seeking and Creating Quality OER
The rubrics, checklists, and guides listed below help OER adopters assess quality and such elements as accessibility.
OER Evaluation Criteria
These criteria points have been created by Affordable Learning Georgia and are adapted from the CCCOER Review Guidelines.
BC Open Textbooks Review Criteria
A concise eleven step guide to evaluating textbook quality. Derived from Saylor.org criteria which was derived from College Open Textbook criteria.
iRubric: Evaluating OER Rubric
This assessment technology integrates the process of creating, using, and sharing evaluation rubrics for educators.
An evaluation system for objects found within Open Educational
Open Choice: Review Template
Choice is an academic materials reviewing service. They include open materials among those reviewed. This template is the one their reviewers use when assessing open material.
OER Accessibility Toolkit
The goal of the OER Accessibility Toolkit is to provide the resources needed for each content creator, instructor, instructional designer, educational technologist, librarian, administrator, and teaching assistant to create a truly open and accessible educational resource.
PEER REVIEW. Those creating OER want their work reviewed. Some solutions and strategies:
- Peer Review. Increasingly, peer-reviewed materials can be identified in OER repositories. Alternate review systems are also in place to allow for "peer endorsed" materials. OER repositories often aim for quality control through crowdsourcing with such features as hit counts (indicating popularity), comments (for qualitative input) or a ratings system.
- Getting your OER reviewed. See options below.
Considering Peer Review
This web page shares useful strategies from the Open Textbook Network curriculum for getting OER peer reviewed, including review questions the author may want to ask and ideas for beta testing the textbook with your students:
Rebus' Peer Review Process Guide
Created to help OER authors coordinate and implement peer review on their book, including advice on deciding what type of review is needed, the tools to use, creating a guide for reviewers, and more.
Achieve OER Evaluation Tool Handbook
This handbook was designed to walk a user through the process of evaluating a resource using the Achieve Open Educational Resources Rubrics which are hosted on OERCommons.