Open Textbook Workshops for Faculty and Campus Partners

Open Education Network

Please join us on Thursday, April 29, for a time of learning about open textbooks* and how they can support student learning and success. 

The SPU Library is a member of the Open Education Network (OEN), which is partnering with us for this event.


There are three opportunities for you to be involved: 

Faculty workshop, 10:00–11:30 am 

Led by Open Education Network presenters Mandi Goodsett and Jasmine Roberts 

  • Faculty, join us to learn about open textbooks and the benefits they bring to student learning, pedagogical practice, and DEI efforts on campus.
  • Faculty who attend the workshop and complete a textbook review of a title in the Open Textbook Library will receive a $200 stipend, courtesy of the SPU Library’s ETM department. (Stipends are limited to the first 15 who attend the workshop and complete a review.)
  • Registration for the faculty workshop is recommended.

Campus Partners workshop, 1:00–2:30 pm 

Led by Open Education Network presenters Mandi Goodsett and Jasmine Roberts 

  • Campus partners, if you want to learn about open textbooks and ways to support our faculty and students, this workshop is for you. In this workshop, you’ll learn about challenges with traditional textbooks, open textbooks as a possible solution, and why and how we as an SPU community might support open textbook initiatives.
  • If you are interested in joining, contact Cari Lui

SPU Open Textbooks: Grants and More discussion: 4:00–5:00 pm  

Led by Kristen Hoffman and John Robertson  

  • All are invited! Join us as we discuss project ideas or ask questions we’ve had from the day, hear briefly from our own Lynette Bikos about her current open textbook project, and learn about ETM grants available for SPU faculty creating open textbooks.  
  • As part of the library’s efforts to support open textbooks, ETM is offering grants and support for the development of open textbooks or open educational resources. We are limited in the number of projects we can support in a given year, but projects can apply for up to $2,000 funding and related graphic design and video support from ETM. More information about the application process to follow (at the webinar and on our website), but all created materials must be released under a Creative Commons or agreed equivalent license, be intended for student use, and have a demonstrable cost-saving for or added value to students. 
  • Join at    

Meeting ID: 998 5610 3691 

Password: 420118 

*Open textbooks, according to the Open Education Network, are “complete textbooks licensed so teachers and students can freely use, adapt, and distribute the material . . . [and that] can be downloaded for no cost or printed inexpensively.” Using open textbooks in SPU classes can greatly reduce the cost of textbooks for students, as well as allow for greater flexibility in course content. 

Learn more about open textbooks and other open educational resources at the library’s OER Guide, and contact your liaison librarian with questions.

Kristen Hoffman

Psychology and Scholarly Communications Librarian
Ames Library
ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7041-487X


R. John Robertson

Assistant Dean for Instructional Design and Emerging Technologies
Assistant Professor
Educational Technology and Media
Seattle Pacific University
Twitter: @kavubob

Posted: Monday, April 5, 2021