How to Adapt an Open Textbook

Find an Open Textbook

Typically, most instructors begin their quest for an open textbook by searching the many established open textbook and OER collections available which are listed below.

BC Open Textbooks
College Open Textbooks HippoCampus
Merlot II MIT Open Courseware Online Textbooks
National Science Digital Library (NSDL) NOBA Project Textbooks
North Carolina Learning Object Repository (NCLOR) OER Commons
OpenStax Open SUNY Textbooks
Open Textbook Library Project Gutenberg
PhET: Interactive Simulations For Science and Math Saylor Academy Open Textbooks
Skills Commons Open Textbooks SOL*R
UC Davis ChemWiki Wikibooks

Other ways to find open textbooks or other OER include:

  1. Connect with your library
  2. Ask your colleagues what OER they use
  3. Conduct an advanced Google search: https://www.google.ca/advanced_search
  4. Get your students to find open resources, have them do a content review, and post the results to your course website or Learning Management System (LMS)

Evaluating an open educational resource collection

To help you assess the collections or repositories you are searching, refer to Open Education Resource Repository (OERR) Rubric, developed by the the BCOER Librarians Working Group. This document is listed below.

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