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Open Education Week March 27-31, 2017

Happy Open Education Week!
Each Open Education Week, William & Mary Libraries and the William & Mary Student Assembly
invite faculty to join us in committing to explore open materials as an option in William & Mary courses.

You can sign the pledge online and join the libraries for a workshop to learn more about
open textbooks and how you can receive a $200 stipend for your textbook peer review!


Are you an instructor who is concerned about the impact of high textbook costs on your students? Are you looking for more flexible and customizable solutions to your traditional textbook?

Generous support from the Virtual Library Virginia is providing William & Mary Libraries with an opportunity to support peer review of openly licensed textbooks by providing faculty with an introductory workshop and a $200 stipend for workshop attendees who review an open textbook!

Did You Know...

  • The high cost of some course materials can impede students academic success.
  • William & Mary students were advised to budget $1,350 for textbooks in 2016-17.
  • The cost of textbooks is rising at a rate of 4 times inflation.
  • Seven out of ten students don’t purchase a required textbook during their academic career because of cost.
  • 60% of students have delayed purchasing textbooks until they've received their financial aid.

Open Textbooks

Open textbooks can help alleviate the burden of textbook costs for students and provide faculty with content that can be customized for their course. Open textbooks are full, peer-reviewed textbooks, used by many faculty across the country. They’re licensed to be freely used, edited, and distributed, so you can customize them specifically to meet your course needs.

What You Can Do

Attend the Open Textbook Workshop - a one-hour session where you can discover open textbooks in your field. After the workshop, you’ll be asked to write a short review of an open textbook from the Open Textbook Library. Your review will benefit other faculty considering open textbooks and provide you with an opportunity to review an appropriate text for your course. You’ll receive a $200 stipend for your participation and written review.

What: Open Textbook Network Workshop
When: April 12th (lunch at 11:30am), Noon OR April 13th 9:30am (coffee served at 9am)
Where: Ford Classroom, Swem Library
If you are unable to make one of the posted times, we will be happy to meet with you one on one or with a small group from your department! Please choose the individual meeting option on the RSVP form and we will follow up to schedule a time.

If you have questions about this workshop or open textbooks, please contact Kathleen DeLaurenti, the Open Textbook Project campus coordinator, at or your liaison librarian.

This workshop is sponsored by William & Mary Libraries and the VIVA: the Virtual Library of Virginia.

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