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Before editing an open textbook, it helps to consider several questions. The answers will inform the level of effort involved in modifying an open textbook.

Questions about the textbook:

  • In what file format(s) is the open textbook currently available?
  • How much content needs to be changed: a few sentences or entire chapters?
  • Do illustrations, graphs, or charts need to be changed?

Questions about your resources and plans:

  • How comfortable are you with technology? Do you have access to software or other help you may need?
  • Is it important that your version of the textbook be available in multiple formats?
  • Do you plan to share your adapted textbook only with your students or with a wider audience?

If you’re approaching a remix project for the first time, a good rule of thumb is to approach it incrementally. While it may be tempting to make a number of major changes at once, an open textbook is a living resource that can be revisited.

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Modifying an Open Textbook: What You Need to Know by Open Education Network is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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