Open Textbooks: Faculty

Did you know?

The College Board estimates the annual cost of textbooks to be $1,250.

UMass Lowell falls short on its students purchasing textbooks from the Bookstore. While the national average is 48% of students, UMass Lowell is only at 36% of students (Fall 2016). This is likely a result of the increasing price of textbooks.



Open Textbooks: Faculty

The purpose of this guide is to showcase several Open Textbook initiatives:

► Creative Commons licenses
► Open Educational Resources

► e-Books.

This guide will walk you through each of these initiatives presenting you with options to reduce the cost of textbooks for your students. 

Open Textbook Initiatives

Open Textbooks are commonly developed in these three ways:

1. Individuals or groups of collaborating authors can write and publish textbooks under a Creative Commons license, essentially placing the book in the public domain. UML instructors are encouraged to adopt appropriate Creative Commons texts; sample lists are here.

UML instructors can also write their own text, as shown here.

When adopted, a pdf or web-based version of the textbook is usually available free to students.

2. A faculty member can select materials that fall under the Fair Use clause of the copyright law, and create a course packet. The packet would include articles in journals the library subscribes to, or single chapters of books the library owns. These packets are delivered free to students through a password-protected course reserve system. The packets may also include a selection of other web-based Open Educational Resources (OERs) published under the Creative Commons. More information can be found here.

3. A faculty member can adopt an e-book that is already part of the library's collection, or that the library purchases specially, as the main or supplemental course text. More information can be found here.

If you need assistance with adopting Open Texts including the selection of materials or design of a unique website please contact the University Library.