Posts Categorized: UK Open Textbooks

Staffordshire University Open Textbook Workshops

Staffordshire University Open Textbook Workshops

Viv and I headed up to Stoke-on-Trent recently to conduct two open textbook workshops with staff from Staffordshire University. We had a great mix of participants from librarians, senior lecturers to senior management, with fantastic discussions on all aspects of openness and the potential of open textbooks. Some key points from both workshops: In general,… Read more

Open textbook workshop at The University of Sussex

Open textbook workshop at The University of Sussex

  Yesterday I attended my first open textbook workshop with practitioners from outside the project at a workshop led by Viv Rolfe at the University of Sussex.  We met in the Employability and Careers Centre in the Library, and the session was attended by academics, subject support specialists, librarians and subject specialist librarians, technologists, specialists… Read more

#VICEPHEC17, York… and Beyond! #EurOpenStax

#VICEPHEC17, York… and Beyond! #EurOpenStax

Over the course of three weeks during late August and early September we had the pleasure of Dani Nicolson and Daniel Williamson of project collaborators OpenStax (US based providers of more than 20 open textbooks in high enrolment subjects) visiting the UK as part of their month-long #EurOpenStax tour. Their visit kicked off with several days in… Read more

Ethical Dimensions of the UK Open Textbooks Project

Ethical Dimensions of the UK Open Textbooks Project

One of the key stages in planning research in higher education is ensuring that what you want to do has received ethical approval from your research institution. Typically, any research involving human participants will be assessed for the potential harm it could cause, or any rights it could potentially violate. Our project is evaluating the… Read more

Open Textbook Discussions – Reinventing the Textbook (post 3)

Open Textbook Discussions – Reinventing the Textbook (post 3)

The first of our project workshops on open textbooks was held at the University of the West of England, Bristol, on 20 and 21st July 2017. Previous posts contain links to slides and other discussions. This post captures some of the ideas around the potential of the open textbook publishing model, and in the discussions we… Read more

Open Textbook Discussions – “Open Brings Options” (post 2)

Open Textbook Discussions – “Open Brings Options” (post 2)

Open textbook discussions – “Open brings options” The discussions that took place in the Open Textbook workshops at the University of the West of England recently raised some interesting points (Blog 1). Of course they would – workshops were attended by teachers, library staff and learning technologists, and their breadth of perspective was enlightening. We… Read more

Open Textbook Workshops at UWE (post 1)

Open Textbook Workshops at UWE (post 1)

Last week on Thursday 20th July and Friday 21st July we ran the first four Open Textbook workshops as part of our Hewlett-funded project (#UKOpenTextbooks; @UKOpenTextbooks). The slide deck is available here – David Ernst via SlideShare It was an utterly delight to work with David Ernst from the Open Textbook Library which is based at the… Read more

Open Textbooks: Access, Affordability and Academic Success

Open Textbooks: Access, Affordability and Academic Success

This presentation by David Ernst of the University of Minnesota and the Open Textbook Network provides a great overview of the rationale and background behind the UK Open Textbook Project.  The impact of high textbook costs is assessed, with several models of production and distribution compared (including the affordances of open licensing).  The presentation explores some… Read more

Welcome to our UK Open Textbook Project!

Welcome to our UK Open Textbook Project!

I’m so excited to be embarking on this new project along with partners from the OER Hub and WONKHE – people well known to the UK open education community. Bare with us whilst we build this blog and you can follow us on Twitter at @UKOpenTextbooks to stay up to date with project news. How did… Read more