Faculty: Apply to Attend Open Textbook Workshop

Registration is closed. Similar workshops may be offered in the future.

The Portland State University Office of Academic Affairs, the Office of Academic Innovation, and the University Library are pleased to announce a workshop led by the Open Textbook Network. This workshop introduces the concept of open textbooks, their benefits, and how to find and incorporate them into courses.

When:     Tuesday, November 3, 2015, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (lunch provided!)
PSU Library, Room 160 (1st floor, across from the elevators)

Participants are asked to write a short review of an Open Textbook Library textbook in their field following the workshop. Departments will receive $200 as recognition of the faculty member’s contribution. Please note: open textbooks are not available for all subjects, so please check textbook availability.

Why Open Textbooks?

According to the National Center for Education Statistics

  • Seven out of ten students don’t purchase a required textbook during their academic career because of cost.

  • The average undergraduate can expect to pay $1,225 for textbooks/supplies during one academic year.

  • The cost of textbooks is rising at four times the inflation rate.

Open Textbooks can lower students costs without comprising their learning.

  • Open textbooks are freely available online and can be used in whole or part at no cost to students.

  • Open textbooks are often written by professors and other scholars in their fields of expertise.

  • Open textbooks are often published with the same editorial rigor as commercial textbooks.

  • The number of open textbooks is increasing across a variety of subject areas.

Apply to attend the workshop and learn how open textbooks can benefit our students, both academically and financially.

The workshop will be led by David Ernst of the University of Minnesota’s Open Textbook Library and Sarah Cohen of the Open Textbook Network.

Questions about the workshop? Please contact Karen Bjork, Head of Digital Initiatives, or Sarah Beasley, Humanities & Social Sciences Librarian and Scholarly Communication Coordinator.

This workshop is sponsored by OAA, OAI, and the Library.