Developing low barrier courses using open textbooks

A University of Southern Queensland case study


  • Helen Partridge
  • Adrian Stagg
  • Emma Power



open educational resources, open educational practice, open textbooks, case study, 21st century literacies, regional university


Open Educational Resources (OER) have continued to gain significant global traction over the last decade, with research claiming the transformative power of these resources for broadening access and participation in Higher Education and driving new pedagogical approaches. In 2015, the University of Southern Queensland funded four open textbook grants as a pilot project that aimed to not only provide students with free and open learning materials, but also purposefully support staff as open practitioners. As part of an institutional commitment to open education, this project actively sought recommendations and strategies from the grant participants to mainstream the creation, use, and reuse of openly-licenced resources within holistic course design to support critical 21st century literacies. A community of inquiry model was used as the mechanism to support a discovery approach to the creation of open materials and qualitative participant data was gathered at key milestones during the grant through semi-structured interviews.






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