Open Publishing and Open Textbooks: The Value of Access

uImagine was fortunate to have Jessica Stevens presenting a session on her PhD research as part the the weimagine:Open season held in November last year.  Jessica Stevens is a PhD Candidate in the Intellectual Property and Innovation Law Research Program at the Queensland University of Technology, and she is also the Creative Commons Global Network Council Representative for the Australian Creative Commons Chapter.

Access to education is essential for humans to progress and develop to their full potential.  The fundamental requirement of access to education is highlighted in the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number four, to ‘ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all’.

Jessica’s research explores how open education resources, specifically the creation and adaption of open textbooks, can be better used to support human progress and development through broader access to education.  Specifically, it investigates how open publishing models work in the context of open textbooks in higher education.  Drawing on the dominant open textbook publishing models in higher education and through qualitative research interviews with stakeholders, her research analyses the circumstances in which open publishing models are effective and efficient, and how they compare to each other.

The overall goal of Jessica’s research is twofold.  Firstly, this research seeks to provide a template to guide Australian stakeholders in higher education on choosing between models of open publishing – making it easier to support, fund, create and adopt open textbooks in the Australian publishing ecosystem.  Secondly, the outcomes of this research can assist stakeholders in understanding the potential value associated with providing barrier free access to education resources, such as the potential to address SDGs and support human development.

We invite you to view Jessica’s presentation and encourage you to ask questions or add any comments in the Comments section below.

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