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Our four-year institution as e-textbook publisher project is investigating the viability of higher education institutions publishing their own e-textbooks. Our overall objective is to assess whether the textbooks that have been created provide:
- A more affordable higher education for students
- Better value for money than commercial alternatives
- An improved, more sustainable information environment for all
During the project, participating institutions are creating eight textbooks covering a range of subjects, applying business, licensing and distribution models and reporting back on the impact, value and viability of the models they choose.
The four project teams will reflect back on the last three years of the project under a number of broad themes:
- Costs: how long did the books take to write, what were the hidden costs?
- Benchmarking: cost benefit analysis and evidence to invest in more e-textbooks
- Technology: the technology used including lessons learned and issues faced
- Licensing: issues encountered including CC licenses, 3rd party copyright issues
- Dissemination, distributions and discovery: concepts and process behind the dissemination, uptake, and wider adoption of the e-textbooks
- Uptake: evidence of usage by students and courses
- Feedback: Would the authors do it again, would they act as champions?
- Implications of implementation: What are the implications for the wider adoption of the e-textbooks at other institutions?
Delegates will be encouraged to make notes on these areas and to contribute thoughts and ideas in relation to their own institutions in the afternoon workshop. This will allow participants to discuss the themes and look at the notes made by others. These ideas will help shape a proposed toolkit for institutions, which will be a major outcome of the project.
The workshop will appeal to potential authors, librarians, learning technologists and senior university staff who may wish to consider publishing their own e-textbooks.
Friday 16 June
An overview of UCL’s textbook publishing programme
- Lara Speicher, publishing manager, UCL Press
- Jaimee Biggins, managing editor, UCL Press
UCL Press will discuss its textbook publishing programme in the context of the overall textbook landscape, and how its two books for the Jisc institution as e-textbook publisher project – Key Concepts in Public Archaeology and Textbook of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery - have helped UCL Press to assess the challenges, processes, costs and opportunities for creating textbooks.
UCL Press’s presentation will also identify how textbook publishing fits with institutional strategy, and the challenges that other institutions without a university press need to consider if they are thinking of initiating such a programme.
The eTIPS project: a collaboration between the University of the Highlands and Islands and Edinburgh Napier University
- VC professor Frank Rennie, eTIPS project lead and assistant principal Lews Castle College, University of the Highlands and Islands
- VC professor Keith Smyth, eTIPS author and chair of pedagogy, University of the Highlands and Islands
- Laurence Patterson, eTIPS project evaluator, former lecturer in academic practice at Edinburgh Napier University
This session explores the eTIPS project, establishes the methods explored by the project of authoring and producing academic textbooks, and discusses the chosen route and outcome of distribution.
Finally, the speakers look at opportunities for further embedding the concepts presented by eTIPS beyond the project.
ROME: reframing open markets for e-textbooks
Speaker: Steve Stapleton, associate director - learning technology, University of Nottingham
This presentation will focus on the University of Nottingham's creation, publication, licensing and use of two e-textbooks.
Discussion/work group session
Group sessions summary and future plans
Who should attend
- Information professionals (librarians, university presses etc)
- Learning and teaching advisors
- Educational technologists
- Academic staff