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Open Educational Resources (OER): Faculty

This guide will provide resources to free and open education resources

VIVA Faculty Textbook Portal

The VIVA Faculty Textbook Portal is a catalog to assist Virginia public college and university faculty in finding and selecting open and affordable textbooks for their courses in one place. The Portal is part of a wide-scale Open and Affordable Initiative by VIVA to provide no-cost and barrier-free access to course curriculum resources for students and researchers. The Portal contains over 200,000 titles from VIVA’s shared library collections, open access textbooks, and ebooks available for VIVA to purchase on behalf of public colleges and universities throughout the state.

VIVA Faculty Textbook Portal

 

 

Printing Copies of Textbooks

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Most Open Textbook and OER packets are free to read online. What about students who want a print copy? 

Some Open Textbook publishers have print-on-demand availability. Those include OpenStax College and Orange Grove Textbooks, among others. 

The University Store at the University of Pittsburgh's main campus in Oakland is home to the Espresso Book Machine, which can print copies of books on demand at a low price. For more information about the EBM, visit the University Store's website.

 

 

Modifying Open Textbooks

How to Modify an Open Textbook

Modifying an Open Textbook: What You Need to Know

The guide above from the Open Textbook Network gives five detailed steps for identifying and selecting an Open Textbook that can be modified for your class. The steps included in this guide include the following: 

  1. Check license
  2. Identify format
  3. Assess editability
  4. Determine access
  5. Publish textbook

Specific information is needed for working with five very common types of OER:

  • PDF
  • HTML
  • MOBI and EPUB
  • Pressbooks
  • OpenStax