Open Textbook Workshop

Workshop: Scholarly Communication | December 8 | 9:30-11:30 a.m. | Dwinelle Hall, 127 (Academic Innovation Studio)

 Rachael Samberg, Scholarly Communication Officer, Library

 Sarah Cohen, Open Textbook Network


Are you an instructor who is concerned about the impact of high textbook costs on your students? Do you want to adopt or create innovative pedagogical materials? Explore possible open textbook solutions by attending a two hour workshop and writing a short textbook review. The Library will provide you with a $200 stipend for your efforts! Space is limited, so please submit a very brief application form:

Did You Know...
The high cost of some course materials can impede students’ academic success. UC Berkeley asks students to budget around $1200 for textbooks and supplies, and the cost of textbooks is rising at a rate of 4 times inflation. The statistics are grim:
-- Seven out of 10 students don’t purchase a required textbook during their academic career because of cost.
-- 60% of students have delayed purchasing textbooks until they’ve received their financial aid.

Open Textbooks
Open textbooks can help alleviate the burden of textbook costs for students and enable faculty to use or create content that can be customized for their course. Open textbooks are full, real textbooks, used by many faculty across the country, and licensed to be freely used, edited, and distributed.

What You Can Do
Attend the Open Textbook Workshop — a two-hour session led by the Open Textbook Network, at which you can discover and learn how to create open textbooks in your field. After the workshop, you’ll be asked to write a short review of an open textbook from the Open Textbook Library. Your review will benefit other faculty considering open textbooks. You’ll receive a $200 stipend for your participation and written review.

Take 5 minutes to apply by Dec. 1, 2017 using the following form: Space is limited

If you have questions about this workshop or open textbooks, please contact Rachael Samberg, the Scholarly Communication Officer at You can also visit for more information about our open education initiatives.




 Space is limited. Applications must be received by Dec. 1. Register online

 Light refreshments served