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Step 4: disseminate your open textbook to your students

Disseminate your open textbook in either digital or print format to students in your course. Be sure to give your students clear instructions about appropriate use of printing services on your campus. Try to coordinate with the student computer labs, library, bookstore, and printshop on your campus.


  • Email the website address of the open textbook to your students.
  • Download the open textbook as a file (e.g., Word, Open Office, PDF). Email the file to your enrolled students.
  • Post the website address or document file to your students' course management system course site.

If the Word document file or PDF is too large to email or post, use a free online file storage or file sharing service.

  • Box.net
  • BT Digital Vault
  • Openomy

Tour of Lulu Students can download and print the Word document file, PDF, or website contents.Campus Printshop Create a Word document file or PDF of the open textbook that you have selected. Open Office is another option.Email the file to your Campus Printshop per their specifications. Printing ServicesCreate a file (e.g., Word, Open Office, PDF) of the open textbook that you have selected. Email the file to a printing service such as exlibris per their specifications.

What are Open Textbooks?

Open textbooks "are textbooks that are freely available with nonrestrictive licenses. Covering a wide range of disciplines, open textbooks are available to download and print in various file formats from several web sites and OER repositories. Open textbooks can range from public domain books to existing textbooks to textbooks created specifically for OER. Open textbooks help solve the problems of the high cost of textbooks, book shortages, and access to textbooks as well as providing the capacity to better meet local teaching and learning needs" according to a Module created by Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME).

Five steps to adopting an open textbook for your course

Give your students an alternative to expensive textbooks by following these five steps.

Step One: List keywords based on course objectives or student learning outcomes.

Step Two:   Search for open content using the keywords.

Step Three:   Select or create appropriate open content.

Step Four: Organize open content into an open textbook.

Step Five:   Get necessary approvals and disseminate the open textbook to students.


Health Course Textbook

A textbook commonly adopted for a Healthy Lifestyles or Health Education course is An Invitation to Health  by Hales. This 2007 textbook is 696 pages in length and has a list price of $108.95.  One open textbook alternative is selected content from MedlinePlus .  This content is free for downloading and printing.

An Invitation to Health Table of Contents Medline PlusOpen Textbook Equivalent
Chapter 1: Your Invitation to Health Health Literacy Evaluating Health Information
Chapter 2: Changing for Life Healthy Living
Chapter 3: Psychological Health Mental Health
Chapter 4: Personal Stress Management Stress
Chapter 5: The Joy of Fitness Exercise and Physical Fitness
Chapter 6: Personal Nutrition Nutrition
Chapter 7: Taking Control of Your Weight Weight Control
Chapter 8: Communicating and Relating Personality Disorders
Chapter 9: Personal Sexuality Sexual Health
Chapter 10: Reproductive Choices Reproductive Health
Chapter 11: Avoiding Addictive Behaviors and Drug Abuse Drug Abuse
Chapter 12: Alcohol Use, Misuse, and Abuse Alcohol Consumption
Chapter 13: Tobacco Use, Misuse, and Abuse Smoking  
Chapter 14: Defending Yourself Against Infectious Diseases Immunization Infectious Diseases
Chapter 15: Keeping Your Heart Healthy Heart Disease Prevention
Chapter 16: Preventing Cancer and Other Illnesses Cancer
Chapter 17: Health-Care Consumerism and Complementary/Alternative Medicine Complementary and Alternative Medicine Health Fraud
Chapter 18: Healthy Aging and the Circle of Life Seniors Health
Chapter 19: Staying Safe: Preventing Injury, Violence, and Victimization Injuries Safety Domestic Violence
Chapter 20: Working toward a Healthy Environment Environmental Health

Questions & Answers

what are the products of Nano chemistry?
Maira Reply
There are lots of products of nano chemistry... Like nano coatings.....carbon fiber.. And lots of others..
Even nanotechnology is pretty much all about chemistry... Its the chemistry on quantum or atomic level
Preparation and Applications of Nanomaterial for Drug Delivery
Hafiz Reply
Application of nanotechnology in medicine
what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
Jyoti Reply
I only see partial conversation and what's the question here!
Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
yes that's correct
I think
what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
analytical skills graphene is prepared to kill any type viruses .
Any one who tell me about Preparation and application of Nanomaterial for drug Delivery
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
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