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Faculty Guide: OER & Open Textbooks

A faculty guide for accessing and adopting open educational resources and textbooks

How do I adopt an open textbook?


Find the right textbook

Search the repositories listed on the Find OER page. Or, ask a librarian for help.


Review and evaluate

Decide if the book matches your needs for content, presentation, online accessibility, production options, platform compatibility, delivery options, interactivity, consistency between online and printed versions, and available support material.


Decide if you want to use “as is” or edit

One of the benefits of open textbooks is flexibility to modify and customize them for specific courses as much or as little as you desire. If you want to make edits or add content, make sure the licensing allows that. Different repositories will have different options for editing and publishing revised copies.


Distribute it to your students

Select the best format to distribute to your class: online, downloadable PDF, ePub, or print-on-demand via either your campus bookstore or from the online repository.