Member Resources

Members of the Open Textbook Network can access a suite of materials to adapt for use at their institutions. These materials include slide decks, data collection tools and instructional support. Members, please access the materials using your institutional email. The Open Textbook Network also creates support for the common good, openly available to everyone.

Publishing Cooperative

The Publishing Cooperative provides infrastructure, processes, and community to expand open textbook publishing in higher education. Nine institutions are currently piloting the program to publish new, openly licensed (CC BY) textbooks. Read the press release.

Adaptable OER Publishing Agreement

The Adaptable OER Publishing Agreement (CC BY) is a starting point for higher education institutions that are looking to contract with their faculty to create OER. It was developed in a way that makes it easy for institutions to edit to meet their own campus intellectual property policy requirements. Creative Commons USA, the Rebus Community, and the Open Textbook Network worked together to create this document.

Authoring Open Textbooks Guide

A guide for faculty authors, librarians, project managers and others who are involved in the production of open textbooks in higher education and K-12. Authoring Open Textbooks is published by the Open Textbook Network, and includes a checklist for getting started, publishing program case studies, textbook organization and elements, writing resources and an overview of useful tools.

Guidebook to Research on Open Educational Resources Adoption

The Open Textbook Network is committed to measuring the impact that open textbooks have on teaching and learning.  Thanks to the Open Education Group, we are sharing the Guidebook to Research on Open Educational Resources Adoption.  It was developed to support local research initiatives on open textbook efficacy. Supplemental materials to this Guidebook are available through the Open Education Group.

Modifying an Open Textbook: What You Need to Know

The Open Textbook Network convened an editing workgroup to develop a guide that focuses on the technological aspects of editing open textbooks found in the Open Textbook Library or elsewhere. Modifying an Open Textbook: What You Need to Know is a five-step guide for faculty and those who support faculty, who want to modify an open textbook. It includes step-by-step instructions for importing and editing common open textbook file and platform types.

Office Hours with Rebus Community

Together with the Rebus Community, the Open Textbook Network offers monthly Office Hours about open textbook writing and publishing. Office Hours are hosted online and open to everyone. Videos of past sessions are available on YouTube.

Open Textbook Publishing Curriculum

The Open Textbook Publishing Curriculum is an asynchronous open course available to anyone; members are invited to live sessions.

Modules include how to:

  • Structure a textbook with consistent instructional design elements
  • Incorporate universal design and accessibility from the beginning
  • Manage timelines, author communications and other skills
  • Evaluate what production services you’re in a position to offer

A general orientation to publishing, institutional examples and reflective questions are included. The Canvas course is being developed as part of the Open Textbook Network Publishing Cooperative.

Pressbooks EDU

To support local open textbook publishing programs, OTN member institutions can enjoy 30% off the cost of PressbooksEDU Silver and Gold plans. Email PressbooksEDU directly at to get started. Or, to learn more about PressbooksEDU, go to Pressbooks.Education. The OTN discount is available through 2020.

For emerging publishing programs, OTN members are eligible to create one open textbook project using the OTN PressbooksEDU Sandbox, for free. Please use this form to request access to the sandbox.