That is the question that we (BC OpenText) often get asked after a presentation on open textbooks.

  • How can I encourage my faculty to adopt open textbooks?
  • How do I create open pedagogical assignments?
  • How do I advocate on behalf of students to the administration that open textbooks are necessary?
  • How do I enlist the support of my administration?

It’s the question that as open education leaders we try to answer as best as possible, but unless we are in the trenches of the institution it is hard for us to understand the lived experience of institutional politics and academic freedoms when it comes to choice of textbooks.

I fully support the question of how because it is often asked by the keen advocates of open. The person who has set up an open textbook display in front of the campus bookstore or self-printed open textbook pamphlets to drop off at academic departments. The person asking the question how doesn’t want to be a solo-preneur in their institution. They want to create a team of open advocates or even better an institution dedicated to open.

This question of how is why I am fascinated and inspired by the blog posts that are written by those who directly respond to the how. For example, Richard Sebastian’s recent blog post on how to make adoption really really easy, or Rajiv’s post on actual examples of open pedagogical assignments and activities. Another favorite is the e-interview with Robin DeRosa who articulated how the team at University of New Hampshire established an OER Ambassador Pilot Programme. We need to continue to celebrate the do-er’s and the people who are showcasing the how.

Others are also interested in this conversation and will be presenting at OpenEd in Vancouver.

Yay! We found the perfect open textbook, now what? Irwin Devries and Naomi Cloutier

Developing an OER Campus Action plan, Nicole Allen and Nick Shockey


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