About this session

Students are sometimes reluctant to purchase prescribed textbooks due to cost-of-living pressures. At the same time, online textbooks offered through the Library can come with access restrictions, and limit a student’s ability to print and download. This session will include a short presentation to introduce you to the concept of open textbooks and explain why they make sense for online learning. It will report on the findings of the Library’s Student Staff Partnership Project on textbook use by UQ students and showcase two academic experiences of authoring and using open textbooks in teaching and learning. There will also be time for questions.


  • Dr Suzanne Bonner, Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
  • Lara Drysdale, Student partner
  • Christopher Frost, Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
  • Associate Professor Jane Johnston, Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
  • Jessica Leonard, Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
  • Aliisa Mylonas, Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
  • Thomas Palmer, UQ Library
  • John Raiti, Learning Designer, School of Economics
  • Danny Theodorou, Student partner

Who should attend

  • Course coordinators
  • Lecturers
  • Tutors
  • Teaching support staff
  • Learning designers.

Benefits of attending

The session will enable participants to:

  • identify common issues and pain points students are experiencing when using textbooks
  • learn how open textbooks can be utilised for teaching and learning, and help you to tailor content to meet your pedagogical needs
  • learn about how the learning design community and the Library can support you through the process of adapting or authoring a textbook.

About Ready to Teach Week Sem 1 2023

Ready to Teach Week is a bi-annual event, consisting of online and in-person activities designed to help you prepare course materials for the upcoming semester.

For Ready to Teach Week Semester 1 2023:


Online (via Zoom)