May 19, 2022

New Article: “Open Textbooks – An Untapped Opportunity for Universities, Colleges and Schools”

The following article from Insights (a UKSG publication) was published online earlier today.


Open Textbooks – An Untapped Opportunity for Universities, Colleges and Schools


Vivien Rolfe
Pukka Herbs

Beck Pitt
Open University OER Hub


Insights31, 30
doi: 1o.1629/uksg.421


The pilot phase of the UK Open Textbook project reached completion in April 2018. This article discusses the project, what open textbooks are, and why they are an untapped opportunity for universities, colleges and schools. The North American models of open textbook creation and uptake (adoption) are designed to help reduce university student financial worries and enhance learning opportunities, and provide much-needed resources for schools (or the K12 system in the US and Canada). The ability to repurpose books leads to innovative and engaging pedagogies including students as co-authors. Yet in the UK, the level of discussion and awareness of the opportunities afforded by open textbooks, and the existence of a small number of UK initiatives, is poor.

The aim of the UK Open Textbook project was to raise awareness and host activities to encourage the adoption of open textbooks. The results of the project are discussed, along with the policy, cultural and practice changes required to scale up these approaches. Why should our learners miss out?

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