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Open Textbook Workshop for Faculty


  • 10 a.m. to noon - Program in room 1060
  • 12 to 1 p.m. - Optional lunch to be served in room 1035


Complete the Open Textbook Workshop application form. Register by Friday, October 12, 2018. Capacity is limited and open textbooks are not available for all subjects. Preference will be based on textbook subject area availability.

Help Lower Textbook Costs for Students

Have students in your classes dropped out because they couldn’t afford the textbook? Have you been shocked at the cost of textbooks for the classes that you teach? Would you like to help but don’t know exactly how to proceed? Learn about possible solutions by attending a two-hour workshop on October 26 and possibly receive $200 for your efforts!

Did You Know... 

  • The high cost of some course materials can impede students’ academic success. 
  • The College Board estimates that the average student was expected to pay $1200 - $1400 for textbooks and supplies in 2017-18. 
  • The cost of textbooks is rising at a rate of 4 times inflation. 
  • 7 out of 10 students do not purchase a required textbook during their academic career because of cost.

Open Textbooks

Open access textbooks (digitally available textbooks written by qualified academics made freely available) may help alleviate the burden of some textbook costs for students. Open textbooks are full, real textbooks licensed to be freely used, edited, and distributed. Increasingly, faculty members all across the country are adopting open textbooks as one way to address this crisis.

What You Can Do

Attend the Open Textbook workshop — a two-hour session where you can learn about open access textbooks and discover what is available in your field. Following the workshop, lunch will be served in room 1035 for workshop attendees and others at WMU who are also learning about open educational resources. You will have the opportunity to write a short review of an open textbook that will be published on the Internet. Your review will benefit other faculty considering open textbooks. You will receive $200 as incidental pay for your participation and written review.

Presenter: David Ernst of the University of Minnesota Open Textbook Initiative

Related LibGuide: Textbook Alternatives by Michele Behr

Friday, October 26, 2018
10:00am - 12:00pm
Fetzer Center, Room 1060
David Ernst of the University of Minnesota Open Textbook Initiative
  Open Educational Resources