Resources

Licensing: Creative Commons is “a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools.” These legal tools and licenses support the 5 R’s of openness: retain, reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute. Through an open license, authors of a work retain their copyright while expanding the terms of use by defining how the work can be used, revised, and shared.

Open textbooks are openly licensed academic works that are available in a variety of digital formats with the option to print. They provide creators and adaptors with the ability to reuse, remix, and redistribute textbook material in order to customize or tailor it to their courses.

Using an open license helps to ensure the greatest accessibility to the works generated.

To find out more about Creative Commons licenses, please visit: https://creativecommons.org/licenses

Open Textbook Collections:

If you are looking for an open textbook to use in your course, the following sites offer open textbooks in a wide range of subject areas:

BC Campus
Merlot
OER Commons
Open Stax
Open SUNY
Open Textbooks Library

Open Support Materials

When selecting materials (images, videos, audio, graphs, etc.) for use in an open textbook, it is important to identify material that is openly licensed. The following are some sources of open material:

https://search.creativecommons.org/?q=openly+licensed+material
https://creativecommons.org/videos/

Some tips on getting started

There are several instructional materials available to those who are interested in developing open textbooks. In particular, BC Campus is a leader in open textbook development in Canada and has created an authoring guide and workshop on open textbook development. The guide is located here and the workshop, originally held January – February, 2015 has been archived at https://courses.p2pu.org/en/courses/2675/adopting-open-textbooks