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Open Educational Resource Collective Administration Guide for Library Staff

Frequently Asked Questions

Authoring

Can textbooks be authored collaboratively by academics and students?

Yes, textbooks can have student contributors or authors. However, there are many issues and associated risks that can arise related to student contributions. These issues include, but are not limited to:

  • student ownership of intellectual property 
  • teaching students about the implications of OA licensing their work 
  • managing risk related to plagiarism and/or inclusion of third party copyrighted content 
  • quality assurance processes (editing and peer review are strongly recommend, even if a student peer review process is used)
  • fairness and impact on assessment if students choose not to contribute to an OA publication that is being created as part of their assessment. 

These issues will need to be managed by the Member institution. At this stage, we do not have plans to release Collective documentation or training to support student-authored publications in 2022, but may revisit if there is enough interest. 


Can textbooks be authored collaboratively by authors at multiple participating institutions?

Yes, collaboration is a key element of the Collective and authors are strongly encouraged to collaborate within and across institutions. 


Membership of the Collective

What is the membership period?

Institutions sign up to participate in the Collective for a calendar year. 

Collective activities commenced later than planned in 2022 due to a COVID surge in January and February. For this reason, institutions that signed up to participate in 2022 and who do not continue to participate in 2023 will maintain access to the Pressbooks platform under their 2022 membership until 28 February 2023.


What happens to textbooks published by an institution if they choose not to continue participating in the Collective?

Textbooks published on the Collective platform by participating institutions will remain on the Collective platform for the duration of the pilot, or on an ongoing basis if the Collective becomes a permanent CAUL service. Member institutions are encouraged to self-archive a copy of all textbooks published on the platform and may choose to re-publish or publish updated versions elsewhere.


Types of Textbook Projects

Can we adapt an existing open textbook and publish it on the Collective platform?

Yes, adaptations can be published on the Collective platform. Starting with an adaptation is a great way for the library - and authors - to gain experience with textbook publishing. 


Are adaptation projects eligible for Collective grants?

Yes, adaptations are eligible for Collective grants.