Create an open textbook @ UQ

Open textbooks provide an alternative to commercial textbooks, with many benefits to both you as the author and your students. Open Textbooks @ UQ (using PressBooks) provides an easy and intuitive way to develop your own open textbook with grants available to support their development.

Explore our open textbooks

Our latest publication

Women's voices in tourism research was published in 2021. You can read and download the book online.

Other titles

Open Textbooks @ UQ catalogue

Open Textbook Grants

Grants are available to support the creation of an open textbook to replace an existing commercially published textbook that is a required resource in a course or to create a text where nothing suitable is currently available. These are open to UQ academics only. They can be used to cover any associated costs including:

  • professional copy editing
  • development of supplementary resources.

For further information, please see Library’s Open Textbook Grant Program.

Track impact and engagement

You can provide evidence of your textbook’s impact and engagement to assist with promotion and grant applications.

PressBooks includes analytics over time for:

  • Total visitors
  • Total pageviews
  • Realtime pageviews
  • Referrer web addresses

UQ academics can also add mentions of their textbook using Impact Tracker from:

  • blog posts
  • tweets
  • interviews
  • inclusion in course reading lists and library guides.

Benefits of an open textbook

For you, the academic:

  • Flexibility of content – easy to add local context, indigenous perspectives and a diversity of viewpoints.
  • Interactive – quizzes, media, exercises and slides can be easily incorporated.
  • Supports open pedagogy – co-creation of open textbooks with students supports deeper learning and engagement with course content.

For your students:

  • Affordable and equitable - all students have access to the textbook. No-one misses out.
  • Up-to-date learning resources - students benefit from how easy it is for the content to be updated.
  • Increased sense of belonging - your efforts to include a diversity of views improves the student experience and engagement as your students see themselves reflected in the learning materials.

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Last updated:
6 October 2021