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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

find the 15th term of the geometric sequince whose first is 18 and last term of 387
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I'm not sure why it wrote it the other way
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algebra 2 Inequalities:If equation 2 = 0 it is an open set?
Kim Reply
or infinite solutions?
The answer is neither. The function, 2 = 0 cannot exist. Hence, the function is undefined.
Embra Reply
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Differences Between Laspeyres and Paasche Indices
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No. 7x -4y is simplified from 4x + (3y + 3x) -7y
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. After 3 months on a diet, Lisa had lost 12% of her original weight. She lost 21 pounds. What was Lisa's original weight?
Chris Reply
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Damian Reply
types of nano material
abeetha Reply
I start with an easy one. carbon nanotubes woven into a long filament like a string
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I'm interested in nanotube
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what is system testing?
preparation of nanomaterial
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Yes, Nanotechnology has a very fast field of applications and their is always something new to do with it...
Himanshu Reply
good afternoon madam
what is system testing
what is the application of nanotechnology?
In this morden time nanotechnology used in many field . 1-Electronics-manufacturad IC ,RAM,MRAM,solar panel etc 2-Helth and Medical-Nanomedicine,Drug Dilivery for cancer treatment etc 3- Atomobile -MEMS, Coating on car etc. and may other field for details you can check at Google
anybody can imagine what will be happen after 100 years from now in nano tech world
after 100 year this will be not nanotechnology maybe this technology name will be change . maybe aftet 100 year . we work on electron lable practically about its properties and behaviour by the different instruments
name doesn't matter , whatever it will be change... I'm taking about effect on circumstances of the microscopic world
how hard could it be to apply nanotechnology against viral infections such HIV or Ebola?
silver nanoparticles could handle the job?
not now but maybe in future only AgNP maybe any other nanomaterials
I'm interested in Nanotube
this technology will not going on for the long time , so I'm thinking about femtotechnology 10^-15
can nanotechnology change the direction of the face of the world
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At high concentrations (>0.01 M), the relation between absorptivity coefficient and absorbance is no longer linear. This is due to the electrostatic interactions between the quantum dots in close proximity. If the concentration of the solution is high, another effect that is seen is the scattering of light from the large number of quantum dots. This assumption only works at low concentrations of the analyte. Presence of stray light.
Ali Reply
the Beer law works very well for dilute solutions but fails for very high concentrations. why?
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