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KU Libraries sponsor Open Textbook Workshop for faculty

Monday, March 21, 2016

The University of Kansas Libraries will host Sarah Cohen and David Ernst of the University of Minnesota’s Open Textbook Network to lead a faculty workshop on open textbooks and open educational resources on Friday, April 29. The event will be held from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in Watson Library, room 455. Faculty may apply for a slot at the workshop by Friday, April 15 by 5 p.m. Space is limited, so faculty are encouraged to apply early.

The Open Textbook Network is a consortium of higher education institutions committed to improving access, affordability and academic success by helping faculty overcome barriers to open textbook adoption. KU Libraries joined the Open Textbook Network in summer 2015.

“KU Libraries are excited to host David and Sarah to discuss the opportunity of open education to meet the burden of the rising cost of textbooks and the negative impact high cost texts have on student success and retention,” said Josh Bolick, scholarly communications librarian. “We hope these workshops will serve as a springboard to increased adoption of open educational resources at KU."

In this two-hour session, faculty will learn the pedagogical benefits of open textbooks and discover open textbooks in their field. Faculty who attend and write a short review of an open textbook will receive a stipend of up to $500 (final amount distributed based on the number of faculty who complete reviews). These reviews will benefit other faculty considering open textbooks. 

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