Open Access textbooks represent a subset of the Open Education Resources movement, which advocates for the creation and use of "resources, tools and practices that are free of legal, financial and technical barriers and can be fully used, shared and adapted in the digital environment."
Why Might I Want to Use Open Access Textbooks?
- Help fight the high cost of student textbooks while making your course more affordable
- Encourage course enrollment and support program success
- Some Open Access textbooks (such as those under a creative commons license) allow you to customize existing material to create the perfect fit for your course
How do I Find, Assess & Choose an Open Access Textbook?
Search for an appropriate textbook for your course here:
- The Assayer
- College Open Textbooks
- Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources: Open Textbooks
- E-Books Directory
- Internet Archive - texts in English
- Kahn Academy (Materials Type: Instructional Videos and Exercises)
- MERLOT (Materials Type: Textbooks)
- OER Commons (Material Type: Textbooks)
- OpenStax College (Materials Type: Textbooks)
- Orange Grove Open Textbooks
- Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago
- Textbook Revolution
- The Global Text Project
What if I can't find or modify an existing Open Access Textbook into what I need for my course?
Consider creating your own, and publishing it using a creative commons license. You can create a textbook in an up-loadable PDF format, or explore the Content Management Platforms being used by the Open Educational Resource movement to create more interactive, digital learning materials.