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Use one of the sources at left or from elsewhere in this guide.
As you search for open textbooks in repositories, consider what criteria you will use to select appropriate an open textbook for your own use. You can develop your own criteria or consider adapting existing criteria from other sources.
Make your selection based on criteria such as:
Also, check for ratings, reviews or endorsements of open textbooks and OER by professional societies and organizations. For example, some professional organizations use an endorsement Lens at Connexions to indicate that content meets their minimum standards.
Few existing open textbooks will meet all your instructional needs so you may want to customize the open textbook you have selected.
Consider the following ways you may want to modify the open textbook to make it more appropriate for your teaching style:
If the open textbook you selected is in the Connexions repository, you can make your own copy of the open textbook then make your own modifications as a 'derivative work.'
Disseminate your open textbook in either digital or print format to students in your course. Be sure to give your students clear instructions about appropriate use of printing services on your campus. Try to coordinate with the student computer labs, library, bookstore, and printshop on your campus.
1. Email the website address of the open textbook to your students.
2. Download the open textbook as a file (e.g., Word, Open Office, PDF). Email the file to your enrolled students.
3. Post the website address or document file to your students' course management system course site.
If the Word document file or PDF is too large to email or post, use a free online file storage or file sharing service such as Box.net.
Students can download and print the Word document file, PDF, or website contents.
This work is licensed by Judy Baker under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States License - 2009