This book is an adaptation of the B.C. Open Textbook Authoring Guide created by BCcampus and licensed with a CC-BY 4.0 license, with some material also being incorporated from two other BCCampus open books the BC Open Textbook Adaptation Guide and the BC Open Textbook Accessibility Toolkit.
This adaptation of the Open Textbook Authoring Guide has been edited by Ann Ludbrook and Sally Wilson of the Ryerson University Library & Archives and Michelle Schwartz of the Ryerson University Learning & Teaching Office.
We would like to give thanks to BCcampus, Tony Bates, and the Ryerson Library Information Technology Services team.
Why are open textbooks important for Ryerson University?
The first priority in Ryerson University’s Academic Plan is “Enable Greater Student Engagement and Success through Exceptional Experiences.” This priority sets the goal of creating an equitable, inclusive, and intellectually rich learning environment that celebrates Ryerson’s unique approach to education. By creating textbooks that are built in harmony with Ryerson’s values, we can give our students a truly unique educational experience. By making them open for use by anyone in the world, we can help further Ryerson’s reputation as a global citizen.
Ryerson University Open Textbook Initiative
Ryerson University is committed to providing affordable and accessible teaching materials to its community. To assist Ryerson community members in adopting, adapting, or creating open access educational resources, the Ryerson University Library and Archives (RULA), in partnership with Ryerson’s Learning & Teaching Office (LTO), has created the Ryerson Open Textbook Authoring Guide.
This guide provides readers with an introduction to open access education, as well as instructions on how to adapt an already existing textbook or create an entirely new resource. Readers will also find production tips, instructions on using the Ryerson-hosted Pressbooks platform, accessibility and copyright guidance, and tips on the creation of ancillary materials. Please contact the Ryerson University Library and Archives for technical support.
The original B.C. Open Textbook Authoring Guide stated that this book is ever evolving. We hope others can reuse parts of our adaption to produce other institutional authoring guides so this work can continue to evolve.