Introduction to Open Access

Open Textbooks Workshops

Ryerson University’s Learning & Teaching Office (LTO) hosts regular workshops on open educational resources. View the full list of upcoming workshops in the LTO’s Faculty Workshop series. If your faculty or department is interested in a custom workshop on open educational resources, please contact the LTO at

Sample Workshops

Open Your Textbook: Adopting, Adapting or Creating Your Own Open Textbook is a two hour introduction to the new Ryerson Guide to Open Textbooks, an instructional guide for faculty produced by the LTO and Ryerson Library. Learn how to adopt, adapt, and create your own open textbook using Ryerson’s new Pressbooks platform. Open textbooks provide instructors with the opportunity to create texts uniquely tailored to their own courses. They also save students money! By the end of this workshop you will have all the tools needed to get started building your own open textbook!

Liberate Your Course Materials: Open Access and Copyright Free Resources for Your Teaching is a two hour workshop facilitated by the LTO and Ryerson Library. In this workshop we will highlight Open Educational Resources (OERs)  available online at no cost – such as open course materials, open textbooks, open data and open multimedia. We will also discuss fair dealing exceptions to the Copyright Act, which in combination with OERs means that there is more teaching content out there  for you to use than ever before. Learn where you can find free images for your PowerPoint’s and free textbooks for your classes! We will be providing participants with tips, resources, and information on library services like E-Reserve available to reduce the work required to put together course readings.


  1. The 4-week B.C Campus Adopting Open Textbooks workshop (originally offered Jan 12-February 6, 2015) remains online and available to anyone who would like to learn more on this topic.
  2. The Open Education Consortium Faculty Perspectives on Open OER Adoptions provides insight into the experience of three faculty members who adopted open education resources.



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