Open Textbook Workshop: Review to Adapt- December 6, 2018
Virginia Tech is sponsoring an Open Textbook Workshop.

When: Reading Day - December 6th 1-2 PM
Location: Torgerson 1050

Faculty are invited to apply by December 3rd. Capacity is limited and open textbooks are not available for all subjects. Preference will be based on textbook subject area availability.

After the workshop, faculty participants will be asked to write a short review of an open textbook. Your review will benefit other faculty considering open textbooks.

If selected, you will receive a $200 stipend for your participation and written review.

Email address *
Name (first and last) *
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Department: *
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Classes/Courses you teach: Please provide descriptive course names as well as course designators. This information will help us gauge whether or not relevant open textbooks exist for your field. *
(e.g., PHY 101 – Introductory Physics)
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Title of the Open Textbook Selected for Review (More instructions will be provided at the workshop for this process) *
Please identify an Open Textbook from the Open Textbook Library at open.umn.edu. If you need help or have questions about selecting a book, please contact Anita Walz (arwalz@vt.edu), or Sarah Cohen from the Open Textbook Network at sfcohen@umn.edu. If an open textbook is not available for your course/discipline, you are welcome to attend the workshop but will not be eligible for a stipend.
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What book(s) and/or homework/learning software do you currently require for this course? (Please list title and author) *
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Are you teaching course(s) relevant to this book now or in the next 24 months? *
Please describe the course material selection process for this course and your role in this process.
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Availability for December 6th workshop. *
Attending the workshop is one of the requirements for earning the stipend. Please confirm that you are available to attend if selected.
I would like NLI (formerly FDI) credit toward a computer refresh for attending
Comments or questions
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Additional Information:
Do your students frequently ask if the textbook for your course is really required? Do you suspect that some, perhaps many of your students don't buy the book? Do you want to explore some relatively new options?

Open textbooks are full, real textbooks, created and used by faculty across the country. They are licensed to be freely used, customized, and distributed.

In addition to alleviating the burden of textbook costs for students, open textbooks can be customized.
This workshop covers:
- What we mean by "open textbook"
- Student responses (at Virginia Tech) to textbook costs
- Copyright and Creative Commons
- Emerging open textbook publication models
- Open Textbook Adaptation methods
- Other faculty reviews

Over 500 open textbooks are available via https://open.umn.edu/opentextbooks However, open textbooks are not available for all subjects. Preference will be based on textbook subject area availability.

After the workshop, you will be asked to write a short review of an open textbook. Your review will benefit other faculty considering open textbooks. Stipends of $200 will be given to faculty for their participation and written review. A limited number of stipends are available.

To be eligible for a stipend, faculty must apply, participate in the workshop, complete a written review, and disclose whether or not they decided to adopt.

Additional information and assistance with open textbook adaptation is available.


The Open Textbook workshop is a member benefit of the Virtual Library of Virginia's membership in the Open Textbook Network, an alliance of schools committed to access, affordability, and student academic success through the use of open textbooks. The workshop is run by Anita Walz and Corinne Guimont of Virginia Tech Libraries.

Questions? Please contact: Anita Walz arwalz@vt.edu or Corinne Guimont gcorrine@vt.edu


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