The Open Textbook Summit 2017 took place May 24-25, 2017. The Open Textbook Summit brings together leaders in the open textbook field, from faculty who are reviewing, adopting and developing open textbooks, to student advocates, librarians, institutional administrators, government officials, and policy staff. Together, we look at what other institutions are doing to move the open textbook agenda forward, share experiences about what has worked well and what could be improved, and look ahead to explore how open pedagogy can influence open textbook development to enhance teaching and learning.

Open Textbook Summit
May 24-25, 2017
Registration: $200.00 (Canadian)
Location: Simon Fraser University – Harbour Centre, Fletcher Challenge Canada Theatre, Vancouver, British Columbia


Enter the ‪#OTSummit17 contest for your chance to win a printed ‘Made with Creative Commons’ book. Contest ended May 17, 2017.


This year, we received approximately 40 submissions for paper presentations and workshops on the following topics in the field of open textbooks:

  1. Faculty experiences adopting, adapting or creating open textbooks
  2. Student advocacy in open textbook adoption and adaptation
  3. The Open Textbook Project in BC: sharing experiences and resources
  4. The importance of provincial policy in establishing funding programs for open educational resources
  5. The role of librarians in supporting open textbooks
  6. Open textbook research initiatives
  7. Open textbook peer review processes
  8. Institutional support for open textbook adoptions
  9. Technology to support the development and use of open textbooks
  10. Innovative pedagogical activities involving open textbooks and open pedagogy
  11. Open textbooks adoption challenges and how to overcome them
  12. Open textbooks and open pedagogy
  13. Open textbooks: issues of quality in open education

See the complete Summit schedule here.

What’s new this year

This year we are introducing 30 minute sessions, 60 minute workshops and 90 minute panel presentations into the format of the Summit. Many of these sessions will have a hands-on, practical application component related to one of the Summit topics within the context of open textbooks. We have received a number of workshop submissions and are looking forward to seeing “Open in Action”.

Keynote Speakers

This year, we are very excited to welcome open education professionals and advocates, Ryan Merkley and Kory Wilson, as Keynote Speakers for the 2017 event.

Why should you plan to attend…

If you are currently working on an open pedagogy project, be it an open textbook or any other open resource development, this is the place to be! You can share your experiences with other open education practitioners and exchange ideas. If you don’t know much about open textbooks and are curious about it, you will find unlimited resources, opinions and advice. And if you consider yourself an expert in the field, this is the place where you can explore innovative ideas with likeminded practitioners. So, regardless of your level of knowledge about “open”, the Open Textbook Summit is the place to be on May 24-25, 2017!

Social Night

Relax and join Open Textbook Summit attendees in the evening at the Open Textbook Summit Pub Night, May 24, 5-7p.m. at Library Square Public House. Located at 300 W Georgia St., Vancouver, B.C. Your entry includes a drink and appetizers. Please RSVP for this event when registering for the Summit.

Preferred Hotel

The preferred hotel for the Open Textbook Summit is the Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver. Reservations will be made directly to the Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver on an individual basis. In order to facilitate reservations, attendees may contact the hotel directly at: Metropolitan Hotel, 604-687-1122, Toll free, 800-667-2300 or Email All rooms, at the special Open Textbook Summit rate, are sold out.

Please ensure that guests specify their group affiliation when making reservations. At the time of booking, the reservation must be guaranteed by providing a credit card for the first nights room and tax.

Code of Conduct

This year, we are introducing a Code of Conduct for the Open Textbook Summit. We are committed to creating a welcoming, fun, and constructive space for all attendees. Disagreement and debate are a natural and important part of any community, and the Code of Conduct allows for discussion that feels safe for all people, no matter their background.

We ask that you read over our Code of Conduct, which is our commitment to a harassment-free space that encourages collaboration before conflict, and promotes mindfulness and respect for all participants.


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More Information

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