PA-ADOPT


The Pennsylvania Alliance for Design of Open Textbooks (PA-ADOPT) is made up of four participating institutions from Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) that are all regional and primarily undergraduate institutions, situated in Southeastern Pennsylvania.  

The PA-ADOPT project will, address gaps in the open eTextbook marketplace, improve student learning, and mitigate rising student costs.  

PA-ADOPT will address two emerging issues of regional and national concern. The first is the need to decrease cost of attendance for Pell eligible students and the second is the need to decrease the cost of attendance for majors needed to fill growing STEM-H (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Health Professions) workforce demands. To address these concerns, books produced by this project will focus on STEM-H and high-enrollment Writing courses, as the ability to write in a clear and organized manner is critical to the communication of scientific knowledge. We estimate that the PA-ADOPT project, could save students approximately $400.00 per year (one introductory and one advanced STEM-H course)​.

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Funding Support

PA-ADOPT was made possible by the US Department of Education Open Textbook Pilot Program.

Goal/Aim

PA-ADOPT seeks to create a collection of high-quality eTextbooks that are freely distributed using the principles of Open Educational Resources (OER).  

Objectives

Objective One

Training faculty throughout the four participating institutions to develop competencies needed to author open eTextbooks. 

 

Objective Two

Establishment of a new process for copyediting and peer-review in addition to regular technical review of the open eTextbooks.

 

Objective Three

Establishment of a shared space across the PA-ADOPT institution for publishing and distributing the completed, open eTextbooks with a primary focus on student and faculty accessibility. 

 

Objective Four

Establishment of a new process for project evaluation that includes continuous improvement of the eTextbooks based on input from faculty and students. 

 

Participating Institutions

Timelines and Activities

2021 Faculty Author Cohort

Activity Topics Dates
Introductions/PA-ADOPT Goals 
  • Leadership Team and PA-ADOPT Instructional Designer meet with faculty authors 
October 2021
Unit 1: Getting Started 
  • eTextbook requirements and resources 
  •  Current state of eTextbooks 
  •  eTextbook components 
  • 11/11/21
  • 11/11/21
  • 11/29/21
Unit 2: Planning and Preparation 
  • Legal Issues 
  • Accessibility 
  • Adding functionality with third-party tools 
  • 11/29/21 
  • 12/17/21
  • 01/21/22
Unit 3: Construction 
  • Using open editing software 
  • eTextbook design using QM standards 
  • Submitting the first chapter for technical review 
  • 02/18/22
  • 03/18/22
  • 04/15/22
Unit 4: Copy Editing 
  • Technical support and copy editing 
Summer - Fall 2022
Unit 5: Peer Review 
  • Draft submission for peer-review and formative (implementation) faculty author evaluation 
  • Using the Open SUNY Textbook Peer Review Guidelines 
Fall 2022
Final Revisions  
  • Post peer-review submission of the final eText 
December 2022
Final eTextbook Submission 
  • Final eTextbooks submission is due 
February 28, 2023

 

2022 Faculty Author Cohort

Activity Topics Dates
Introductions/PA-ADOPT Goals 
  • Leadership Team and PA-ADOPT Instructional Designer meet with faculty authors 
  • eTextbook requirements and resources
  • Current state of eTextbooks
  • eTextbook components 
August 2022
Unit 1: Getting Started, Planning and Preparation Training
  • eTextbook requirements and resources
  • Current state of eTextbooks
  • eTextbook components
  • Open Educational Resources Workshop
  • Copy editing process review
  • Inclusive eTextbook Design
  • Accessibility considerations and requirements
September - November 2022
Unit 2: Writing Break
  • Minimum 3 chapters written
  • 1st round of copy editing
November 2022 - February 2023
Unit 3: Construction Training
  • Using open editing software
  • Practice book exercise
  • eTextbook design using QM standards
  • Submitting the first chapter for technical review 
February - May 2023
Unit 4: Peer Review 
  • Draft submission for peer-review and formative (implementation) faculty author evaluation 
  • Using the Open SUNY Textbook Peer Review Guidelines 
June 2023
Unit 5: Final Text Review
  • Post peer-review submission of the final eText for 2nd round copy editing
September 2023
Unit 6: eTextbook Formatting and Construction
  • Draft Book Submission for technical review
November 2023
Final eTextbook Submission 
  • Final eTextbooks submission is due 
February 19,  2024

 

2023 Faculty Author Cohort

Activity Topics Date
Introductions/PA-ADOPT Goals 
  • Leadership Team and PA-ADOPT Instructional Designer meet with faculty authors
  • eTextbook requirements and resources
  • Current state of eTextbooks
  • eTextbook components 
February 2023
Unit 1: Getting Started, Planning and Preparation Training
  • eTextbook requirements and resources
  • Current state of eTextbooks
  • eTextbook components
  • Open Educational Resources Workshop
  • Copy editing process review
  • Inclusive eTextbook Design
  • Accessibility considerations and requirements
March - May 2023
Unit 2: Writing Break
  • Minimum 3 chapters written
  • 1st round of copy editing
May - August 2023 
Unit 3: Construction Training
  • Using open editing software
  • Practice book exercise
  • eTextbook design using QM standards
  • Submitting the first chapter for technical review
August - September 2023
Unit 4: Peer Review 
  • Draft submission for peer-review and formative (implementation) faculty author evaluation 
  • Using the Open SUNY Textbook Peer Review Guidelines 
November 2023
Unit 5: Final Text Review
  • Post peer-review submission of the final eText for 2nd round copy editing
February 2024
Unit 6: eTextbook Formatting and Construction
  • Draft Book Submission for technical review
May 2024
Final eTextbook Submission
  • Final eTextbooks submission is due 
August 5, 2024

 

Project Consortium

Project Management

The Office of Digital Learning and Innovation at West Chester University (Principal Investigator: Marc Drumm) manages the PA-ADOPT project and associated responsibilities.

Cheyney University
  • Project Evaluation: coordinating project evaluation with External Evaluator 
West Chester University
  • Faculty Author Training: eTextbook creation and best practices
  • Copyediting: WCU WordWorks Program 
  • Publishing & Distribution: Office of Digital Learning and Innovation, Information Services and Technology  

What is OER?

Open Educational Resources (OER) are instructional, learning and research materials, digital or non, that open-source and in the public domain or that are licensed so that users have free and perpetual permission to engage in the following activities:

    • Retain: the right to make, own, and control copies of the content
    • Reuse: the right to use the content in a wide range of ways
    • Revise: the right to adapt, adjust, modify, or alter the content itself
    • Remix: the right to combine the original or revised content with other open content to create something new
    • Redistribute: the right to share copies of the original content, revisions, and remixes with others. 

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