Tips for Creating Open Textbooks

Would you like to create an open textbook yourself? In the entry “Create your own OER” you will find general hints and tips for developing your own Open Educational Resources (OER). In addition, there are special support services for developing textbooks as OER.

For example, the Rebus Community, an initiative of the Rebus Foundation, a Canadian non-profit organisation, has published some helpful guides for creating, revising and publishing open textbooks:

The BC Campus Self-Publishing Guide, a reference for writing and self-publishing an open textbook and the Ryerson University Textbook Authoring Guide, a Guide to Authoring & Adapting Open Textbooks also contain extensive guidance on writing and adapting open textbooks respectively. Tip: Perhaps would it suit to create an open textbook together with third parties as part of a Book Sprint? College Libraries Ontario’s Open Textbook Sprint checklist will help you prepare.