Open Textbooks at WVU

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What: Open Textbook Workshop and Textbook Review
When: Wednesday, September 7, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Who: David Ernst, creator of the University of Minnesota’s Open Textbook Library, and Sarah Cohen, Managing Director of the Open Textbook Network.

Help Lower Textbook Costs for Students

Are you an instructor who is concerned about the impact of high textbook costs for your students' academic success? Explore possible open textbook solutions by attending a two-hour workshop led by members of the University of Michigan’s Open Textbook Network and writing a short textbook review. Qualifying participants will receive a $200 stipend for their efforts!

Did You Know...

Open Textbooks Can Help!

Using open textbooks in the classroom can help alleviate the burden of textbook costs for students and provide faculty with content that can be customized for their course. Open textbooks are complete and authentic, adopted by many faculty across the country, and licensed to be freely used, edited, and distributed.

About the Event

On September 7, 2016, WVU faculty are invited to attend the Open Textbook Workshop and Review— a two-hour session discussing the purpose and value of open textbooks, how other universities are benefiting from their use, the goals of the OTN, and they types of textbooks available to the different disciplines.

As part of the workshop, participants will be asked to select a textbook in their field from the Open Textbook Library and write a short review for the Library, which will benefit other faculty considering open textbooks. In exchange for their time and written review, participants will receive a $200 stipend.

If you have questions about this workshop or open textbooks, please contact Martha Yancey, Chair of the WVU Libraries Open Educational Resources Committee, at 304-293-5039, or You can also visit the Open Textbook webpage for more information about our initiatives.

This workshop is sponsored by the West Virginia University Libraries.

Sarah Cohen & David Ernst / CC BY 4.0