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Authoring an Open Textbook: What You Need to Know – This guide is for faculty authors, librarians, project managers and others who are involved in the production of open textbooks in higher education. Content includes a checklist for getting started, publishing program case studies, textbook organization and elements, writing resources and an overview of useful tools.

The guide above from the Open Textbook Network gives detailed steps for writing your own textbook. The steps included in this guide are the following:

Step 1

Conduct research

Searching for these materials takes time and persistence, just like research! As you begin, also consider possible sources of funding for your efforts at CMU.

Step 4

Use and share OER

Review our guide for sharing your newly created resource with your students and preparing for technological needs and requirements.