The following is adapted from BCcampus OpenEd Resources. (n.d.). Create Open Textbooka- Getting Started. Retrieved July 15, 2020, from https://open.bccampus.ca/create-open-textbooks/create-an-open-textbook-2/
Creating an open textbook is easy. Creating something that others will use is challenging. Creating a resource that provides lasting value is an accomplishment.
How do you create an open textbook?
Creating an open textbook requires more than writing. The commitment required to create an open textbook is substantial, and by following the best practices outlined in the resources we’ve made available, you can help inspire knowledge around the world.
Important things to know
- The more effort you put in, the better the final product.
- Creating a high-quality open textbook requires substantial research.
- Finding content (videos, graphs, images, etc.) with open rights is challenging.
- Copy editing and rewriting, incorporating peer feedback, and final proofreading takes time that should be factored in from the beginning.
Why create an open textbook?
- You have specific insight into your field of study that isn’t being communicated effectively through existing materials.
- The current resources are out of date or don’t explore your topic adequately.
- You want to provide future students with an effective learning resource thatyou can update as necessary.
- You’d like a vehicle to help you show influence in your field and improve your credibility.
Resources to create an open textbook
To help you create a usable, effective, and accessible open textbook, BCcampus created a Self-Publishing Guide filled with best practices.
Avoiding copyright infringement
Creative works published under an open licence retain specific rights, with the permissions outlined by the type of licence used. A common misconception with open is that it’s free to use, wherever, whenever, and however you want. While in some cases this is true, especially for resources found in the public domain, it is not always true for openly licensed products. To use the work someone else has created, it’s essential that you strictly abide by the terms outlined in the open licence, or risk legal ramifications. For more information, see Open Licences and Creative Commons for Authors.
If you have questions or need guidance with open licensing and/or copyright, please contact the U of L Copyright Officer, Rumi Graham.