Open Textbook Publishing Program

Program Administration

As the cost of traditional (print) textbooks increases and access to journals and other educational materials becomes more difficult due to expensive licensing fees, universities and governments are looking for ways to reduce student expenses and improve access to education. Open textbooks, and other open educational resources, are viewed as one potential solution.

In 2015, the Government of Saskatchewan provided funding for the development of open textbooks and other open educational resources at post-secondary institutions in Saskatchewan, with the goal of reducing overall costs for students and enriching teaching and learning. Soon after the announcement of the government funding, the University of Regina created the Open Textbook Publishing Program. The Program provides funding, and support to faculty who want to develop open textbooks or supplementary teaching resources for use in first- and second-year courses offered at the University of Regina. The Program is administered through the Provost’s Office and it is under the oversight of the Associate Vice-President (Academic).

An Advisory Committee provides Program direction and guidance. The current members of the Program Advisory Committee are:

  • Nilgün Önder, Associate Vice-President (Academic), Chair
  • Elsa Johnston, Program Manager
  • Cara Bradley, Library
  • Joan Wagner, Faculty of Nursing
  • Kirsten Hansen, Flexible Learning, CCE

Call for Proposals

In Spring 2019, the University of Regina issued a second call for proposals to develop open educational resources, including open textbooks, as part of the university’s Open Textbook Publishing Program for faculty and instructors who want to develop open textbooks or supplementary teaching resources, such as PowerPoint slides, test banks, etc. The Call is now closed. If you are interested in finding out more about adopting, adapting or creating open educational resources, please contact

  • Synopsis of Program and Call for Proposals - [Click for Details]
  • Criteria for Successful Proposals - [Click for Details]
  • Funding - [Click for Details]
  • FAQ - [Click for Details]
  • Spring 2019 Application Form