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This channel of Open Education videos is maintained by Abbey Elder, Open Access & Scholarly Communication Librarian at ISU.
What is an open textbook?
Open textbooks are:
Licensed in such a way as to allow them to be freely accessed, shared, and adapted by students, teachers, and others.
Typically distributed online at no cost and can be made available in a print version for a low cost if preferred by students
The quality of open textbooks is equal to traditional textbooks in that they are created by educators, reviewed by educators, and selected by individual educators to serve as tools to help students meet learning objectives.
Open textbooks can be utilized through at least two channels:
Adopt an existing open textbook from a freely available collection such as the Open Textbook Library
Create a new open textbook if no satisfactory title already exists
The Open Textbook Library is a tool to help faculty find affordable, quality textbook solutions. The Open Textbook Library is comprised of complete peer-reviewed textbooks licensed so faculty and students can freely use, adapt, and distribute the material. Open textbooks can be downloaded for no cost, or printed inexpensively.
Rod Library works together with faculty to:
Help faculty members understand and adopt open textbooks in their classes
Increase support of open textbooks on campus
Collect data to show the impact of open textbooks for students
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