Lessons Learned from Various Open Textbook Initiatives

Wednesday, February 15 | 9:30a.m. - 10:15a.m. | Houston Ballroom V
Session Type: Breakout Session
Delivery Format: Interactive Presentation
Based on proven methods and lessons learned by members of the Open Textbook Network (housed at the University of Minnesota), this seminar will help you develop a plan to start or advance an open textbook initiative on your campus to overcome barriers to open textbook adoptions. Escalating textbook costs in higher education negatively impact students' academic success, especially those students who are most financially vulnerable. Open textbooks are created to be freely used, adapted, and distributed. They can be downloaded at no cost, or printed at low cost, and faculty can customize the content to meet their students' learning needs.

Outcomes: Identify possible solutions to problems faced during open textbook and other academic transformation initiatives *Understand that open textbook initiatives can be successful, despite the challenges *Know where to go with questions about leading an open textbook initiative on your campus


  • David Ernst

    Chief Information Officer, College of Education & Human Development, University of Minnesota
  • Tanya Grosz

  • Kim Lynch

    Senior System Director of Educational Innovations, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities