Open textbooks in your education

One of the themes of the open science programme is open education. Within this theme, a number of topics are discussed, including the use of open educational resources such as open textbooks.

An open textbook is an online textbook with an open licence: always accessible, free to download, share and adapt to your own preferences. By using free textbooks, education becomes more accessible and inclusive, and teachers and students are no longer dependent on stock and delivery times. In addition, online open textbooks are more dynamic and can be quickly adapted to current events or developments in a field.

You can develop open textbooks yourself or together with your colleagues. Or why not develop an open textbook with your students and use it as a teaching tool?

Lunch meeting on March 9th

Are you interested and do you want to know more about open textbooks? Do you have questions about the different possible forms and functions of open textbooks and how you could use them to strengthen your education? Team Publishing Support of the University Library and the Open Education theme of the Open Science Programme are organising a lunch meeting on March 9. The meeting will be held in the Booth Hall of the University Library Utrecht Science Park, from 11.30 a.m. until 1 p.m. The primary target group is UU education staff, but support staff with education-related tasks are also welcome. Please sign up here.

Programme and speakers

Introduction on open textbooks

By Marjan Groenouwe (Open Education OSP UU)  en Hanna de Vries (Publishing Support UB)

Experts present their projects

  • Dr. Colin Caret (Faculty of Humanities) on adapting an existing Open Textbook for his Utrecht students.
  • Dr. Jaap Bos (Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences) on publishing an Open Access textbook with a traditional publisher.
  • Dr. Jochen Hung (Faculty of Humanities) on collaborating in an international consortium, getting European funding and publishing with a Diamond OA publisher.
  • Neha Moopen (University Library) on self-publishing on Github.
  • Tom Mosterd (Team OAPEN) on the growing adoption and use of open access textbooks worldwide.

There will of course be lots of opportunity to ask questions. If you have any specific questions you can add these to the registration form.

Register here for the lunch meeting