Open Textbook workshop on Feb. 22

The Community College of Rhode Island will host an Open Textbook Workshop at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22, in Room 4090 at the Knight Campus in Warwick.

The two-hour session will focus on open textbooks, which are full textbooks used by many faculty across the country to help alleviate the burden of textbook costs for students. Open textbooks are licensed to be freely used, adapted and distributed, and have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality.

Faculty will have an opportunity to discover open textbooks in their respective fields, though there are not quality open textbooks options in every subject or course.

The workshop will be led by David Ernst, creator of the University of Minnesota’s Open Textbook Library, and Sarah Cohen, managing director of the Open Textbook Network.

Using open textbooks, instructors and students can download the material for no cost, or printed at a low cost. From there, instructors can customize the content for their course.

All textbooks are either used at multiple higher education institutions or affiliated with an institution, scholarly society, or professional organization, according to the University of Minnesota.

After the workshop participants will be asked to write a short review of an open textbook from the Open Textbook Library. Participants will receive a $200 stipend for participation and written review of an Open Textbook.