When creating new content for your textbook to address specific learning outcomes or other pedagogical elements of your course, you may not have to start from scratch. Start by exploring existing openly licensed content and if possible, adapt it to meet your needs.
The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) is provincial legislation created with the intent of achieving accessibility for Ontarians with disabilities by 2025, in five areas. Pertinent to educators Section 12: 'Accessible formats and communication supports', requires that:
'[E]very obligated organization shall upon request provide or arrange for the provision of accessible formats and communication supports for persons with disabilities'.
TIP: Plan ahead - Pressbooks, Queen’s Open Textbook editing and publishing platform, provides a set of pre-made box features that you can use to structure your chapters (see below)
References and citation style:
Develop a Style Guide
Establish a consistent style guide for your content, specifying the citation style, use of punctuation, font type and size, use of numbering, layout etc. See:
Prepare Your Content for Upload to Pressbooks
Pressbooks, Queen's Open Textbook editing and publishing platform (a province-wide partnership with eCampus Ontario), provides a set of pre-made box features that you can use to structure your chapters:
Copyeditors add an important element to the creation or revision of a textbook. They provide an objective set of eyes that ensures grammar and spelling are correct, the style is consistent (see Style Guide), and that the book’s language will be suitable and understandable to the students reading it.
While the basic rules of copy editing apply whether working on a traditional or open textbook, there are some key differences. When working with a copy editor or other collaborators on an open textbook, keep the following in mind: