Panel members will describe the process of collaboration that resulted in an online textbook for a 200-level composition course at Southwest Minnesota State University. A unique component of the textbook is its interdisciplinary nature: we will share our process in inviting colleagues to share materials related to reading, writing, research, and documentation in their respective fields. In addition, panelists will share the nuts and bolts of the technology used in creating the textbook, as well as describe the types and extent of labor needed to make the product come to fruition. We will exhibit the final product, and finally, as we move this project into the next phase of becoming a more open educational resource, we will ask audience members to share the project with colleagues and invite professors from other institutions to add content to the resource. Editors will reserve the right to accept and edit submitted materials.
1. Creating an online textbook is a viable, achievable option to expensive textbooks.
2. The content in the online textbook is open and freely available to anyone with online access, which means it can be used as instructors deem appropriate.
3. Once the textbook is created, it becomes possible for content to be gathered from professors from other institutions in order to expand the offering.
Topic Area(s): Open Education Resources
Amanda Bemer is an associate professor of English and the Director of Academic & Professional Writing at Southwest Minnesota State University. She has been at SMSU for eight years and holds a PhD in Theory and Practice of Professional Communication from Utah State University.