Click on the Infographic for a visual take on the process of adopting open textbooks in your class. As you read through, mentally replace the NMC library with CCC and the the EMT with CCC DSP office.
From Northwestern Michigan College, “Are you ready to free the textbook?” by Michele Howard and Ryan Bernstein, CC BY 4.0
The steps below are taken from Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCC OER) 5 Steps to OER Adoption.
Accessibility and Universal Design: List of principles and resources from the ASCCC OERI.
The Rebus Guide to Publishing Open Textbooks (So Far), Rebus Community: A must read if you're considering publishing your own textbook or OER material.
As faculty, you assess textbooks against a set of criteria that reflects your experience and knowledge of student needs. You do the same with Open Textbooks, but there are a few additional considerations.
o Accuracy of material
o Cultural context
o Writing quality and tone
o Reading level
o Visual presentation
o Hierarchy of information
o Collateral materials
* Accessibility online
o Are the web pages for the textbook accessible?
* Production options
o Is the book available in more than one format? Printed? Bound? PDF?
* Platform compatibility
o Is the textbook viewable and usable on both MAC's and PC's?
* Delivery options
o Is a bound copy available at a very low price? Will your bookstore be able to carry the printed version?
o If the online version includes interactive software or multi-media files, are they accessible and cross platform?
* Consistency between online and printed presentation
o Are the online and printed versions comparable in organization and basic appearance?
o Will you be able to identify locations in either with minimal confusion for students?
* Collateral material
o If there are test banks, interactives or other enrichment materials, are they in a format you can use?
o Free or very inexpensive?
This guide is adapted from the Lansing Community College (LCC) Library Research Guide on Open Educational Resources (OER)by Regina Gong and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.