Keep a record of all changes and additions

As an author, you retain copyright of all new material you create. This means that even though the new material you create is released under an open license (CC-BY), as the author, you will receive attribution for your contribution.

As you edit and make changes (text and images) and/or add new material, such as a chapter or section within a chapter, please keep a list so these additions/changes;

  • can be included as part of the adapted textbook when it’s completed
  • can be accurately attributed to you, the author
  • are easily identified by the copy editor and proofreader.

Minor changes, such as fixing grammatical or spelling mistakes, don’t need to be documented.

Instructional design and text editing

When working with the DEU you are given access to an instructional designer and text editor who can review each unit of your work. It is important that units are submitted on or before the assigned deadlines to allow sufficient time for your work to be reviewed.

An instructional designer can make recommendations on aligning curriculum, chunking and sequencing, and general design principles for an effective textbook. Your instructional designer will work collaboratively with you throughout the process to help source and/or create media, identify gaps in content, ensure clarity for the readers, and provide best practices and current trends.

Once the entire modification and instructional design review are completed your work will be reviewed by a text editor. The text editor will review your work for formatting, accurate grammar, spelling and punctuation, and general proofreading.

Suggested changes made by the instructional designer and the text editor will be handed over to the author for final consideration.


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USask Open Textbook Authoring Guide - Ver.1.0 Copyright © 2016 by Distance Education Unit, University of Saskatchewan is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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