Resources for Remixing Open Textbooks

Whether you’re creating or adapting an open resource, there are several resources available from other open textbook practitioners that can help. Here are just a few.

Importing Open Content With Pressbooks, Steel Wagstaff, UW-Madison. 

The presentation offers background on OER itself as well as an overview of how to find, import, clone and remix open educational resources using Pressbooks.

Modifying an Open Textbook: What You Need to Know, Cheryl Cuillier, Amy Hofer, Annie Johnson, Kathleen Labadorf, Karen Lauritsen, Peter Potter, Richard Saunders, and Anita Walz, Open Textbook Network. 

This handbook offers five considerations to help you assess an existing open resource’s potential for remixing. It also includes a handy guide to importing the content into common platforms (including Pressbooks!) to edit and add to it.

BC Open Textbook Authoring Guide, Lauri Aesoph and Amanda Coolidge, BCcampus.

While designed for faculty authors in the BCcampus Open Textbook Project, this book contains rich information for anyone adapting or creating an open textbook. It also includes specifics on how to use the Pressbooks platform in such endeavors. Particularly notable are the chapters on copy editing and accessibility.

Authoring Open Textbooks, Melissa Falldin & Karen Lauritsen, Open Textbook Network. 

Per the book’s description: “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.”

A Guide to Making Open Textbooks With Students, Ed. Elizabeth Mays, with Amanda Coolidge, Anna Andrzejewski, Apurva Ashok, Assistant Editors Zoe Wake Hyde, David Squires, Gabriel Higginbotham, Interviews with Alice Barrett, Julie Ward, Matthew Moore, Maxwell Nicholson, Rajiv Jhangiani, Robin DeRosa, Samara Burns, Steel Wagstaff, and Timothy Robbins, Rebus Community.

A growing number of faculty are enlisting students in the adaptation and creation of open textbooks, whether as part of a class project, or an assistantship. This book contains a variety of  essays, examples and sample assignments that you can emulate.

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