Institution as e-textbook publisher project workshop, 16 June, Birmingham

Jisc are pleased to announce that bookings are now open for the Institution as e-textbook  publisher project workshop in Birmingham on 16 June 2017.

The Jisc Institution as e-textbook publisher project is a four-year project investigating the viability of higher education institutions publishing their own e-textbooks. The overall objective of the programme, which started in 2014, is to assess whether the e-textbooks that have been created provide:

• A more affordable higher education for students
• Better value for money than commercial alternatives
• An improved, more sustainable information environment for all

In this workshop the four project teams will reflect back on the last three years of the project under a number of broad themes:

• Costs: how long did the books take to write, what were the hidden costs?
• Benchmarking: cost benefit analysis and evidence to invest in more e-textbooks
• Technology: the technology used including lessons learned and issues faced
• Licensing: issues encountered including CC licenses, 3rd party copyright issues
• Dissemination, distribution and discovery: concepts and processes behind the dissemination, uptake, and wider adoption of the e-textbooks
• Uptake: evidence of usage by students and courses
• Feedback: Would the authors do it again, would they act as champions?
• Implications of implementation: What are the implications for the wider adoption of the e-textbooks at other institutions?

Delegates will be encouraged to contribute thoughts and ideas in relation to their own institutions in the afternoon workshop. These ideas will help shape a proposed toolkit for institutions, which will be a major outcome of the project.

The workshop will appeal to potential authors, librarians, learning technologists and senior university staff who may wish to consider publishing their own e-textbooks.

Programme and registration:

Venue: Radisson Blu Birmingham (

Date: 16 June 2017

Start / end time: 10:00 – 15:45

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