Why Adapt an Open Textbook

Reasons to Adapt an Open Textbook

One of the benefits of using an openly licensed textbook or other educational resource is that you are free to adapt it to fit your needs. In other words, you can adjust the educational resources to fit your course curriculum, not the other way around. Other reasons for revising an existing open work might be to:

  1. Address a particular teaching style or learning style
  2. Adjust for a different grade or course level
  3. Adapt for a different discipline
  4. Accommodate a different learning environment
  5. Address diversity needs
  6. Meet a cultural preference
  7. Meet a regional or national preference
  8. Address a school, district, or institution’s standardized curriculum
  9. Make the material more accessible for people with disabilities
  10. Add material contributed by students or material suggested by students
  11. Translate the material into another language
  12. Correct errors or inaccuracies
  13. Update the book with current information
  14. Add more media or links to other resources
  15. Use only a portion of the book for a course[1]

  1. Some of this material is based on: WikiEducator. “Adapt” in OER Handbook for Educators (http://wikieducator.org/OER_Handbook/educator_version_one/Adapt) and Why Remix Open Educational Resources? created by Liam Green-Hughes, both used under a CC-BY license

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Jul 21, 2016
One of the benefits of using an openly licensed textbook or other educational resource is that you are free to adapt it to fit your needs. In other words, you can adjust the educational resources to fit your course curriculum, not the other way around. Other reasons for revising an existing open work might be to  One of the benefits of using an openly licensed textbook or other educational resource is that you are free to adapt it to fit your needs. In other words, you can adjust the educational resources to fit your course curriculum, not the other way around. Other reasons for revising an existing open work might be to:
<ol> <ol>
<li>Address a particular teaching style or learning style</li>  <li>Address a particular teaching style or learning style</li>
<li>Adjust for a different grade or course level</li>  <li>Adjust for a different grade or course level</li>
<li>Adapt for a different discipline</li>  <li>Adapt for a different discipline</li>
<li>Accommodate a different learning environment</li>  <li>Accommodate a different learning environment</li>
<li>Address diversity needs</li>  <li>Address diversity needs</li>
<li>Meet a cultural preference</li>  <li>Meet a cultural preference</li>
<li>Meet a regional or national preference</li>  <li>Meet a regional or national preference</li>
<li>Address a school, district, or institution's standardized curriculum</li>  <li>Address a school, district, or institution's standardized curriculum</li>
<li>Make the material more accessible for people with disabilities</li>  <li>Make the material more accessible for people with disabilities</li>
<li>Add material contributed by students or material suggested by students</li>  <li>Add material contributed by students or material suggested by students</li>
<li>Translate the material into another language</li>  <li>Translate the material into another language</li>
<li>Correct errors or inaccuracies</li>  <li>Correct errors or inaccuracies</li>
<li>Update the book with current information</li>  <li>Update the book with current information</li>
<li>Add more media or links to other resources</li>  <li>Add more media or links to other resources</li>
<li>Use only a portion of the book for a course[footnote]Some of this material is based on: WikiEducator. “Adapt” in OER Handbook for Educators (http://wikieducator.org/OER_Handbook/educator_version_one/Adapt) and <a href="http://www.olnet.org/node/68" target="_blank">Why Remix Open Educational Resources?</a> created by Liam Green-Hughes, both used under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/" target="_blank">CC-BY</a> license[/footnote]</li>  <li>Use only a portion of the book for a course[footnote]Some of this material is based on: WikiEducator. “Adapt” in OER Handbook for Educators (http://wikieducator.org/OER_Handbook/educator_version_one/Adapt) and <a href="http://www.olnet.org/node/68" target="_blank">Why Remix Open Educational Resources?</a> created by Liam Green-Hughes, both used under a <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/" target="_blank">CC-BY</a> license[/footnote]</li>
</ol> </ol>