Answered By: The Library
Last Updated: Oct 19, 2023     Views: 112

Like traditional course materials, academics worldwide are using open textbooks to contribute to successful outcomes for students through equitable access and cost savings.

Start by looking at the benefits of using open content such as Open Educational Resources (OER) in your curriculum. You might consider using original content you have been working on, adapting an existing open textbook, or collaborating on a new open textbook with colleagues in Australia or overseas. Consider using Western Open Books to develop an open textbook for a new subject or when reviewing an existing subject.

Western Open Books is a publishing service that supports Western Sydney University (WSU) academics to create and publish open textbooks to be used in the curriculum or microcredentials. It also provides a platform for WSU authors to publish open licence-free content to support the university's Sustainable Development Goals

  • The Open Educational Resources (OER) guide provides information on how to locate openly-licenced textbooks and OER.
  • The Western Open Books Quick Start Guide will provide you with information on how to start your open textbook project, including how to find and create open textbooks, adding and authoring, and reviewing and publishing your work. It also includes information about promoting your content, analytics and reporting.

Contact your School Librarian for more information about the Western Open Books service.

For publishing support with your open textbook, please submit your query through the Western Open Books form.