Publishing Open Textbooks the Easy Way using Pressbooks

Thursday, August 1

Session 1 – 8:30 – 9:30 am

Location: MU: Trails Room

FHSU has recently subscribed to Pressbooks, an online publishing platform based on WordPress, to support FHSU faculty who want to publish openly licensed textbooks. Pressbooks has a standard editing interface (similar to what you’d see in Blackboard) and provides themes that do all of the typesetting for you, so it’s easy to publish your open textbook without a lot of technical knowledge. Attendees will learn how to request an account, create a textbook, organize it into sections and chapters, and add text, images, and media. After you’re done, your students can read the book online, or you can export your open textbook in print-friendly PDF form, as a PDF for digital distribution, EPUB format for e-readers, MOBI for Kindle, and a number of other formats. We’ll also go over some non-technical skills for writing textbooks, such as choosing structural and pedagogical elements.

Presented by
Claire Nickerson, Fort Hays State University, cenickerson@fhsu.edu

Presenter Bio(s)
Claire Nickerson is the Learning Initiatives and Open Educational Resources Librarian at Fort Hays State University’s Forsyth Library. She is on the Library’s Teaching and Research Team, providing information literacy instruction and research help, and she is also the liaison to the W.R. and Yvonne Robbins College of Business and Entrepreneurship. Claire specializes in open education, copyright, data literacy, and research metrics.

Session Type: Technology Tools | Hands-on Digital Building | Hands On Lab (50 min.)

Keywords: Apps and tools, Instructional technology, Learning objects and repositories, Library services and support, Media in online classes

Intended Audiences: Role: Teacher/faculty, Role: Librarian | Higher Education | Novice

Targeted Learning: How to use Pressbooks to publish open textbooks