Answered By: The Library
Last Updated: Oct 19, 2023     Views: 58

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. Western Open Books also provides a platform for WSU academics to publish open, licence-free content to support the university's Sustainable Development Goals.

If you are interested in publishing an open textbook, refer to the Pressbooks User Guide. This guide includes a comprehensive overview of Embedded Media and Interactive Content (H5P). Note: H5P training is available through the Learning Futures website.

For information about authoring open textbooks, copyright in Australia and licensing and accessibility, refer to the Western Open Books Quick Start Guide.

The content in Western Open Books is typically made available under a Creative Commons (CC) licence and publicly discoverable via the Pressbook Directory and Google Scholar.

Creative Commons (CC) Licensing

It is recommended that you attribute your work using a CC Licence. Add a CC licence to your open textbook as a standardised way of granting public permission to use your creative work under copyright law. Visit the Open Educational Resources (OER) guide to learn more about licencing and attribution

Video Content

The following streaming videos provide further instructions on how to use Western Open Book's Pressbooks platform:

The Pressbooks Knowledge Base provides several articles designed to help you quickly answer common questions about using Western Open Books.

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.