Challenge #2 – How do I modify a page of an open textbook? 

Challenge #2 – How do I modify a page of an open textbook? 

In Challenge #1, you found an open textbook in the BCcampus Open Textbook collection.  One of the advantages of open textbooks is that they can be modified and adapted under certain licenses.  This means that if you want to only use a few chapters, or want to change an image or an example in an open textbook, you can do that!  You can also grab sections of the textbook and cut and paste it into a different document so that you or your students can edit it.  

 Examples

Keep in mind that modifying an open textbook doesn’t need to be a big undertaking and involve the whole textbook, like the examples above.  It may be as simple as changing an example in the book, or swapping out a photo or image.

Challenge

Scenario:  You want to include a page of an open textbook as part of your course materials, but you need to change a few things on that page.  This challenge will show you an easy way to do that.

Choose one of the two Options:

Option A  

  1. Go to this page from Tony Bates’ open textbook called Teaching in the Digital Age.  
  2. Select the contents of the page and copy and paste it into a new word document.
  3. Scroll the bottom of the page to the Activity Box.  Remove the podcast reference. Change one of the questions. Save the document as you would normally onto your computer.
  4. In the comments section for this challenge share how you think the ability to modify an open textbook could help you in your teaching OR  share what changes you would make to the textbook you found in Challenge #1.

Option B

  1.  Go back to the textbook you found in Challenge #1.  
  2. Select a page and copy and paste that page into a word document. 
  3. Change one thing on that page and  save onto your computer as you normally would onto your computer.
  4. In the comments section for this challenge share how you think the ability to modify an open textbook could help you in your teaching OR  share what changes you would make to the textbook you found in Challenge #1.
Note:

Attribution, or citing the source, is an important part of adapting CC content. We will cover that in another challenge.

video walkthrough – Option A

10 Comments

  1. Nahid Taheri

    It is very useful to be able to change or remove some part of an open textbook based on the topics you teach or the skill and knowledge level of your learners.

  2. Alice

    For challenge 1, I chose Open Pedagogoy – link is in my comment for that Challenge. I then opened it and found a page about using Wikipedia. I added two questions at the bottom that I would pose to participants or learners. They would read the paragraph then respond and in this way they would be more involved in the material for their own use.

  3. I found an example of an assignment where students together create a “living” annotated bibliography that they will build together over a term….a project that will lend itself to learning research skills, citation management, and evaluating sources with the outcome a shared set of resources.

  4. Anita Muchalla Yeulet

    The textbook I chose in challenge 1 was ‘Northern and Indigenous Health and Healthcare’. Case studies generally enhance student engagement, it would be helfpul to embed case studies along side content presented in an open textbook.

  5. I chose to look at this page in the open text I found in Challenge #1 https://opentextbc.ca/flofacilitatorguide/chapter/flo-fundamentals/

    Being able to make changes to the content to suit the context and content for the course that I would facilitate would be immensely helpful. For example, this text makes reference to Moodle while UBC uses Canvas, so changing that in the text, as well as inserting images that are Canvas specific would be helpful. I would also change the structure or directions for specific tasks for each week, and the facilitation organization in this section:

    The topics discussed in this course are:
    Week 1: Building Learning Community (facilitated by course facilitators).
    Week 2: Diversity of Learners (facilitated by the orange team).
    Week 3: Responsive Facilitation (facilitated by the blue team).
    Week 4: Collaboration (facilitated by the yellow team).
    Week 5: Reflective Practice (facilitated by the green team).

  6. Ali de Haan

    It’s easier than most people think. Even minor changes can help tailor the material to your students and make their experience that much richer.

  7. Cristine Gusmão

    Hi!

    In challenge 1, I selected the eHealth Assessment Manual: an evidence-based approach. For challenge 2, I copied part of one of the case studies and adapted parts to disseminate information related to planning actions for the Northeastern scenario in Brazil, in a new document.

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