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Introduction to Open Textbooks

Ended Mar 28, 2022
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Term: Spring 2022

Date: March 28th, 2022

Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Location: Online Only

Instructors: Anita Walz & Daron Williams

Presented By: Technology Enhanced Learning & Online Strategies (TLOS) & Instructional Design (ID)



The University Libraries and TLOS will co-host a one-hour "Introduction to Open Textbooks" which includes: 


- Discussion of course material perceptions and preferences

- Course material cost impacts on students, especially first-year and first-generation students

- What we mean (and don’t mean) by “open textbook”

- Creative Commons licenses

- Questions about implementation of openly-licensed resources at Virginia Tech

- VT’s guidelines on Open Educational Resources (OER) and Open Textbooks

- Logistics of submitting reviews

 The workshop is open to faculty and GTAs. Faculty who participate in the workshop and within six weeks submit a brief written review of an open textbook in their discipline will receive a $200 stipend funded by VIVA, the Virtual Library of Virginia. In order to be eligible for the stipend, registrants MUST also complete this form PRIOR to the workshop. [GTAs are welcome to attend but are not eligible for the stipend.] 


Open textbooks may be selected from the Open Textbook Library. The Open Textbook Library contains 1,000+ open textbooks that are openly licensed and freely available online. Further information on University Libraries' support for open educational resources (OER) is available at