MacEwan University is committed to providing affordable and accessible teaching materials to its students.
To assist MacEwan faculty in these efforts, the MacEwan University Library in collaboration with the Office of the Provost launched an Open Textbook Fellowship Program in early 2019. This program supports instructors in the creation or adaptation of open textbooks for use in MacEwan courses. In May of 2019, five $5000 grants were awarded to support open textbook projects through this 20-month fellowship.
This MacEwan Open Books pilot initiative will serve as a proof-of-concept, hosting these five forthcoming grant funded works and select others, to inform what additional resources may be needed to sustain a book hosting service at MacEwan University that could support both the production of new works and future editions.
Works hosted by MacEwan Open Books are done so in accordance with the MacEwan University Library’s Memorandum of Understanding.
Why Are Open Textbooks Important For MacEwan University?
Open textbooks reduce barriers to education by providing students with low or no-cost learning materials in a variety of accessible formats, including online and in PDF.
They also benefit instructors by providing opportunities to easily create new content, and adapt, refine and enhance existing materials to meet learner’s needs.