This guide provides an overview of open educational resources (OER) and the impact OER adoption has on student success. It provides examples that focus on college affordability, perceptions of OER, and OER efficacy.

Introduction to Open Educational Resources

UTA Libraries provide support for UTA educators interested in remixing, modifying, or creating their own OER. OER projects supported by the Libraries are created and hosted in Pressbooks. We provide Pressbooks training, technical support, accessibility checks, cover design, and intellectual property guidance. Additionally, we'll help migrate content into Pressbooks from other formats for authors interested in modifying existing OER. Contact us at to get started.

This video starts with the beginning of the process—building the project team that will create your open textbook. Writing open textbooks are rarely a solo effort. It takes a team to develop, create, and share the resource.

This video addresses the processes of creating open textbook content, including creating a voice, planning for accessibility, and sustaining content development.

This video addresses using feedback to improve the quality and usability of open textbooks, including pre-publication "beta testing" or classroom usage.

This video follows up on what to do once your team starts coming together—who you need, how to involve them, and what you can do to support their work and enthusiasm. It explores roles for instructional designers, librarians, students, and more.

This video covers the many different kinds of editing that are involved in making open textbooks, from structural and project editing through copyediting and proofreading.

This video focuses on the process of scoping out an open textbook project, including details of your audience, subject, and team, as well as an outline of the themes involved, an overview of timelines, and starting plan for project management.

This video covers the process of peer review, an important step in assuring content quality and academic credibility for open textbooks.

Advice from Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani, Special Advisor to the Provost on Open Education and a Psychology Instructor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in British Columbia, on authoring open textbooks. Read other tips from open textbook authors in "Ten Tips for Authoring Success."