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Open Educational Resources Collective Publishing Workflow

Draft Stage Checklist

Author Checklist

The checklist below is written for authors drafting a new open textbook.

In the Draft stage of an open textbook project, you’ll need to:

  1. Consider how you’ll structure your textbook.
  2. Choose textbook elements to include.
  3. Choose chapter elements to include.
  4. Develop your final textbook structure.
  1. Consider how you’ll approach the writing process.
  2. Assign writing roles.
  3. Write the first draft.
  4. Develop best practices for style, consistency, quality and accessibility when writing your textbook.
  1. Make your textbook diverse and inclusive by providing a range of perspectives.
  2. Be mindful of ethnocentrism.
  3. Apply inclusive and bias-free language guidelines to your writing.
  1. Find Creative Commons images and multimedia to use and adapt.
  2. Develop copyright best practice for images and multimedia.
  3. Learn how to add images and multimedia in Pressbooks.
  1. Learn about options for embedding media in Pressbooks.
  2. Learn what plugins are available for Pressbooks.
  1. Determine if content is open, public domain or requires permission.
  2. Speak to your copyright team for help with copyright checking.

Attributions

Adapted from  ‘Checklist’ in Authoring Open Textbooks by Melissa Falldin and Karen Lauritsen licensed under a CC BY 4.0 licence.

Library Staff Checklist

The checklist below is written for library staff working with authors to draft a new open textbook.

In the Draft stage of an open textbook project, you’ll need to:

  1. Understand textbook structure.
  2. Understand textbook elements.
  3. Understand textbook chapter elements.
  4. Work with authors to develop their final textbook structure.
  1. Understand the writing process.
  2. Understand writing roles.
  3. Understand best practices for writing an open textbook.
  1. Work with writers to keep their textbook diverse and inclusive by including a range of perspectives.
  2. Be mindful of ethnocentrism.
  3. Work with authors to apply inclusive and bias-free language guidelines to their writing.
  1. Work with authors to find Creative Commons images and multimedia to use and adapt.
  2. Work with authors to develop copyright best practice for images and multimedia.
  3. Learn how to add images and multimedia in Pressbooks.
  1. Learn about options for embedding media in Pressbooks.
  2. Learn what plugins are available for Pressbooks.
  1. Work with authors to determine if content is open, public domain or requires permission.
  2. Communicate to authors how to get help with copyright checking.

Attributions

Adapted from  ‘Checklist’ in Authoring Open Textbooks by Melissa Falldin and Karen Lauritsen licensed under a CC BY 4.0 licence.