Day/Time: May 16, 2024, 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Title: Behind the Text: What Do YOU Think Faculty Should Know Before Diving into OER Textbook Creation


  • Amanda Larson (she/her/hers), Affordable Learning Instructional Consultant, The Ohio State University
  • Karen Lauritsen (she/her/hers), Senior Director, Publishing, Open Education Network, University of Minnesota

Description: In 2019, the Library Publishing Forum and Open Education Network (OEN) cohosted the preconference Opening the Classroom: Publishing Open Educational Resources. That event evolved to become the OEN’s Publishing 101 (Pub101) curriculum and facilitated workshop series for librarians and others who support faculty authors. Now, five years later, and after refreshing the existing curriculum, the Pub101 committee is asking the following questions:

  • What would this curriculum look like if it were revised for a faculty author audience?
  • What gaps are there?
  • What do we want faculty to know before beginning an open textbook project?
  • What expertise is missing from conversations about open textbook publishing for faculty?
  • How do we address AI considerations?

In this workshop session, we will facilitate a discussion about the Pub101 refresh for a faculty audience. We will walk the audience through the existing curriculum, and use Padlet to collect feedback from the audience about what they’d like to see in a faculty version. We want to know what those of you who support OER publishing programs would love faculty to know about creating an open textbook. What advice and guidance do you often give? What hurdles or stumbling blocks do you consistently encounter with authors and textbook production in your programs?