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Alternative Textbooks (Open Educational Resources) Guide: Adopt Alt Textbooks

This guide is about UK Libraries' Alternative Textbook Program. It also provides an overview of free online peer-reviewed textbooks and offers assistance with finding and adapting them for courses.

Why Adopt Alternative Textbooks (Open Educational Resources)?

Some forward-looking faculty members have switched to using alternative textbooks for their courses.  These videos fill you in on the reasons for the change and the resulting benefits.

What to Consider before Adopting or Adapting Alternative Textbooks (Open Educational Resources)

Educators may want to take into account certain factors when considering the adoption or adaptation of alternative textbooks for their courses.  The Open Textbook Library at the University of Minnesota has offered this review rubric for instructors:

  • Comprehensiveness
  • Content accuracy
  • Relevance longevity
  • Clarity
  • Consistency
  • Modularity
  • Organization structure flow
  • Interface
  • Grammatical errors
  • Cultural relevance

Other rubrics are also available for reference:

The Open Textbook Network has created a guide that illuminates what instructors need to know when modifying openly licensed textbooks.  University of Kentucky faculty members who have questions about adapting alternative textbooks or would like to create alternative textbooks are welcome to contact UK Libraries.

Adapting and Authoring OER: Lessons Learned

In the Webinar below, a librarian from Central Oregon Community College discusses how she worked with faculty members on developing an alternative textbook for a technical writing course.  University of Kentucky faculty members who have questions are welcome to contact UK Libraries

Library Resources as Course Materials

Open Oregon has created a video about how to use library-licensed resources as course materials.  University of Kentucky faculty members who have questions or would like to use UK Libraries-licensed resources for their courses are welcome to contact UK Libraries' academic liaisons