Before editing an open textbook, it helps to consider several questions. The answers will inform the level of effort involved in modifying an open textbook.
Questions about the textbook:
- In what file format(s) is the open textbook currently available?
- How much content needs to be changed: a few sentences or entire chapters?
- Do illustrations, graphs, or charts need to be changed?
Questions about your resources and plans:
- How comfortable are you with technology? Do you have access to software or other help you may need?
- Is it important that your version of the textbook be available in multiple formats?
- Do you plan to share your adapted textbook only with your students or with a wider audience?
If you’re approaching a remix project for the first time, a good rule of thumb is to approach it incrementally. While it may be tempting to make a number of major changes at once, an open textbook is a living resource that can be revisited.