DePaul Joins Open Textbook Network

OTN_bulletsDePaul University has joined the Open Textbook Network (OTN), an alliance of colleges and universities working together to promote the use of open educational resources (OERs), especially open textbooks, in higher education.
As an OTN member, the DePaul University Library will begin working with faculty during the 2016-17 academic year to collect information on OER and open textbook use in DePaul academic programs, promote greater awareness of resources such as the OTN’s Open Textbook Library, and offer faculty development opportunities including an Open Textbook Workshop (Date TBA). Open textbooks, according to the OTN, are “complete textbooks licensed so teachers and students can freely use, adapt, and distribute the material . . . . [and that] can be downloaded for no cost or printed inexpensively.”

The DePaul University Library has collaborated with faculty and student groups in recent years to raise awareness of OERs and how their use can promote innovations in teaching and learning while also addressing growing concerns about educational affordability. Open textbooks allow for measurable savings for students, with early OTN members reporting over $1,000,000 in aggregate savings in textbook costs to students. As the first institution in the State of Illinois to join the OTN, DePaul will be in position to provide continuing leadership in these areas as part of its strategic commitments to supporting educational innovation and “remaining financially accessible and affordable to a diverse student population.”

The Open Textbook Network is housed at the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development, and currently counts more than 60 individual and system members, including the Boston Library Consortium, Macalester College, Portland State University, the Ohio State University, Temple University, the University of Kansas, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and is active on more than 200 campuses across the United States.

For more information on the Open Textbook Network or OER resources at DePaul, please contact your liaison librarian.

4 Replies to “DePaul Joins Open Textbook Network”

  1. How do I use this OTN? There is no contact liason listed for the College of Law. I am trying to buy my textbooks now and can’t help HOPING there is a more cost effective way!

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