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Curious about Open Educational Resources (OER)? Interested in textbook affordability? Attend the Open Textbook Library—Faculty Workshop session at the UMKC Canvas Conference to learn more.

The conference will take place on Friday, July 26, at the Kauffman Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Road.

The session will encompass a discussion of how open textbooks are different from the traditional publishing model, the Creative Commons license, questions about quality, examples of customizing resources for courses, information from UMKC textbook surveys of students, how to use the Open Textbook Library, etc.

Scott Curtis, Teaching and Learning Librarian, said, “I would encourage faculty to use the Open Textbook Library (https://open.umn.edu/opentextbooks/) to find a range of open educational resources (OER) in the form of course textbooks. These books are not only free for faculty and students to use, but faculty can edit, revise, re-mix (combine with other OER text), and share these textbooks. They are much more flexible than traditional publishers’ textbooks for supporting your pedagogical goals.”

UMKC faculty who participate in the workshop and complete a textbook review with the Open Textbook Library will earn a $250 Textbook Review Incentive from the University of Missouri System. In order to receive the incentive, the stipulations are to attend the in-person workshop, and complete a review by the due date (it will be approximately six weeks after the seminar). Curtis said the review process is managed by the Open Textbook Network. The payment will be made via MoCode with the fiscal officer in the faculty member’s unit/department. “There is no stipulation/strings attached to this incentive,” Curtis said. “It may be used for anything.”

Registration for the UMKC Canvas Conference is free to attend and lunch will be provided for registered attendees. Reserve your spot today: https://ecommerce.umkc.edu/onlineworkshops/home/workshopDetail/344.