Open textbook publishing at Australian universities

Rowling, Samara ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4405-7941 (2021) Open textbook publishing at Australian universities. In: Alchemy Embodiment Transmutations: USQ School of Creative Arts Research Symposium, 24 Sept 2021, Toowoomba, Australia.

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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.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Other)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Creative Arts (1 Mar 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Business (18 Jan 2021 -)
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2021 02:29
Last Modified: 23 Dec 2021 07:35
Uncontrolled Keywords: open textbooks, publishing, publishing programs, universities, Australia
Fields of Research (2008): 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1999 Other Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 199999 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing not elsewhere classified
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0807 Library and Information Studies > 080799 Library and Information Studies not elsewhere classified
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150312 Organisational Planning and Management
Fields of Research (2020): 46 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 4610 Library and information studies > 461007 Open access
35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3507 Strategy, management and organisational behaviour > 350713 Project management
46 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 4610 Library and information studies > 461006 Library studies
36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3699 Other creative arts and writing > 369999 Other creative arts and writing not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 22 INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION SERVICES > 2203 Information services > 220306 Open access
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/43701

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