Challenge #2 – How do I modify a page of an open textbook?

In Challenge #1, you found an open textbook in the eCampus Open Textbook collection.  One of the advantages of open textbooks is that they can be modified and adapted under certain licenses.  This means that if you want to only use a few chapters, or want to change an image or an example in an open textbook, you can do that!  You can also grab sections of the textbook and cut and paste it into a different document so that you or your students can edit it.  

 Examples

  • Communication for Business Professionals (2018) is a Canadian adaptation of an American textbook, Business Communication for Success (2016). This adapted version features Canadian examples and has been reduced in size and scope to better suit an Ontario community college context. This version also includes additional instructor resources (slides, essay questions and a test bank).
  • Microbiology: Canadian Edition is an adaptation of the OpenStax textbook Microbiology completed by a team at the University of Guelph. The main changes involved the addition of more basic microbiology and microbial ecology, allowing this adaptation to be used in more educational contexts. They also reorganized and updated some content, and added Canadian examples and stories.
  • Teaching in a Digital Age was originally published in the BCcampus Open Textbook collection in English and now has  translations in multiple languages

Keep in mind that modifying an open textbook doesn’t need to be a big undertaking and involve the whole textbook, like the examples above.  It may be as simple as changing an example in the book, or swapping out a photo or image.

Your Challenge This Week….

Scenario:  You want to include a page of an open textbook as part of your course materials, but you need to change a few things on that page.  This challenge will show you an easy way to do that.

Choose one of the two Options:

Option A  

  1. Go to this page from Tony Bates’ open textbook called Teaching in the Digital Age.  
  2. Select the contents of the page and copy and paste it into a new word document.
  3. Scroll the bottom of the page to the Activity Box.  Remove the podcast reference. Change one of the questions. Save the document as you would normally onto your computer.
  4. In the comments section for this challenge share how you think the ability to modify an open textbook could help you in your teaching OR  share what changes you would make to the textbook you found in Challenge #1.

Video Walkthrough – Option A

Option B

  1.  Go back to the textbook you found in Challenge #1
  2. Select a page and copy and paste that page into a word document.  
  3. Change one thing on that page and  save onto your computer as you normally would onto your computer. 
  4. In the comments section for this challenge share how you think the ability to modify an open textbook could help you in your teaching, OR  share what changes you would make to the textbook you found in Challenge #1.

Note: Attribution, or citing the source, is an important part of adapting CC content. We will cover that in another challenge.

 

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