KU Libraries sponsors Open Textbook Workshop for Faculty

Wednesday, February 24, 2016


Sarah Cohen and David Ernst of the University of Minnesota’s Open Textbook Network (OTN) will be at KU Libraries to lead a workshop for faculty regarding open textbooks and open educational resources on Friday, April 29, from 1:30-3:30 p.m., room 455 in Watson Library.

In this two-hour session, faculty will learn the pedagogical benefits of open textbooks and discover open textbooks in their field. Faculty who attend and write a short review of an open textbook will receive a stipend of up to $500 (final amount distributed based on the number of faculty who complete reviews).These reviews will benefit other faculty considering open textbooks.

Faculty may apply for a slot at the workshop by Friday, April 15, at 5 p.m. Space is limited.

The Open Textbook Network (OTN) is a consortium of higher education institutions committed to improving access, affordability, and academic success by helping faculty overcome barriers to open textbook adoption; increasing institutional capacity to support adoption and use of open textbooks, and collaboratively developing new understandings of open textbook adoption and use. KU Libraries joined the OTN in Summer 2015.


David Ernst (@dernst) is director of the Center for Open Education and executive director of OTN. He created and manages the Open Textbook Library, a single source for faculty to find quality openly licensed textbooks.


Sarah Cohen (@thesheck) is managing director of OTN. Formerly the associate university librarian at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Cohen joined OTN to foster libraries’ strategic role in advancing access, discovery and engagement with open textbooks.


Ernst and Cohen


Please see KU Libraries' OER libguide for more information and resources. Additional information that provides some background reading about OER and Open Textbooks: 

Senack, Ethan. Feb 2015. Open Textbooks: The Billion-Dollar Solution.  The Student PIRGs.http://www.studentpirgs.org/reports/sp/open-textbooks-billion-dollar-solution  - This report reviews five university programs promoting the use of OER to replace traditional textbooks.

Allen, Elaine and Jeff Seaman. Oct 2014. Opening the Curriculum: Open Educational Resources in U.S. Higher Education, 2014. Babson Survey Research Group. http://www.onlinelearningsurvey.com/oer.html - The report analyzes a survey on faculty awareness and perception of OER. Of higher education faculty surveyed, at least two-thirds are not aware of OER as an option for required course materials.


  • Ada Emmett
    Director, Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright, KU Libraries

  • Josh Bolick
    Scholarly Communication Librarian
    Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright, KU Libraries

  • Marianne Reed
    Digital Initiatives Manager
    Digital Initiatives, KU Libraries

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