Open textbook publishing at Australian universities

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Rowling, Samara. 2021. "Open textbook publishing at Australian universities." Alchemy Embodiment Transmutations: USQ School of Creative Arts Research Symposium (2021). Toowoomba, Australia 24 Sep 2021
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Open textbook publishing at Australian universities

Presentation TypeOther
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AuthorRowling, Samara
Number of Pages6
Year2021
Conference/EventAlchemy Embodiment Transmutations: USQ School of Creative Arts Research Symposium (2021)
Event Details
Alchemy Embodiment Transmutations: USQ School of Creative Arts Research Symposium (2021)
Event Date
24 Sep 2021
Event Location
Toowoomba, Australia
Abstract

Studies show university students struggle to afford textbooks, which can lead them to go hungry or withdraw altogether. Universities are combating this problem by using open textbooks to increase participation and improve student outcomes. Little research has been conducted on open textbook publishing at Australian universities. Most existing research focuses on the international context, where differences in funding and legislation affect not only how, but the extent to which publishing work is undertaken.

This editing and publishing doctoral research project is the first national study of open textbook publishing activities and experiences at Australian universities and will advance understanding of emerging trends in library and university publishing in Australia. Adopting a mixed methods approach, I will collect quantitative and qualitative data about open textbook publishing practices and experiences at Australian universities. Using statistical and thematic analysis, I will identify and explore facilitators and barriers that contribute to the success or failure of open textbook publishing projects. I will use these results to make evidence-based recommendations for how Australian universities can build sustainable open textbook publishing programs that provide more students with access to zero-cost course materials.

Keywordsopen textbooks, publishing, publishing programs, universities, Australia
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020461007. Open access
350713. Project management
461006. Library studies
369999. Other creative arts and writing not elsewhere classified
Byline AffiliationsSchool of Creative Arts
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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