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  1. What books are available for my course?
    Consider looking at OpenStax and Open Textbook Library to get a feel for what materials have been created. Northwestern's library can also provide access to many ebooks and resources which are freely available to students. You can also check for additional resource ideas. New books and resources are being added all of the time. You can also contact the Online Learning Office (OLO) to discuss additional ideas. 

  2. Do I need to communicate that I am not using a traditional, printed textbook (PM, Dept Chair, Dean, Bookstore)? 
    Just like with any course revision, you should communicate with your Department Chair for TRAD courses. For A&GS or DE you should talk to the PM. The UNW Bookstore will also need to be informed of textbook changes. For all courses, let the Online Learning Office know. For TRAD courses, also let the bookstore know.

  3. After selecting a book what do I need to do to get it in my course? 
    This is best discussed on a case-by-case basis. One of our OLO designers can assist and offer support. In most cases direct linking the book or chapters in your course is sufficient.

  4. What if I want to make changes to the book? How does that work?
    This is also best discussed on a case-by-case basis. One of our OLO designers can assist and offer support.  Self-starters may appreciate the resource produced by the Open Textbook Network, entitled Modifying an Open Textbook: What You Need to Know found at

  5. How will students know I am using an open textbook and how to access it? 
    You can communicate it to students verbally, via email, and on the syllabus. There will be a link to access the online text on the Moodle course site. If students want a physical copy of the book, instructions for printing can be added to the course site. One of our OLO designers can offer support on printing options and instructions.

  6. How do I receive a desk or physical copy? 
    Contact your department for TRAD and OLO for A&GS or DE.

  7. Who is responsible for paying print fees if I want a desk or physical copy? 
    Your department for TRAD and CGOAL for A&GS or DE.

  8. How long will it take to implement?
    Implementation time depends on whether you are simply adopting it or adapting it, and if you are adapting, how much will be changed (see chart above)

  9. Does the course registration deadline for book changes apply in this instance?
    Yes, the course registration deadline applies as usual.

  10. Can I edit the book as the course is running?
    Editing the book mid-course is not recommended. This may cause confusion for students who access the material at different times. If changes are needed for DE or A&GS course books, contact OLO for assistance.

  11. What if students have trouble accessing the electronic copy of the textbook? 
    You will want to verify that the link to the book is working. If questions or issues continue, contact OLO

  12. Will I be compensated for modifying an open textbook to fit my class? 
    For A&GS or DE, this is dependent upon the percentage of the course that will be necessary to be revised due to the book change. Modifying an open textbook for TRAD courses will not be directly compensated. 

Helpful Information for Open Books