Open Science Textbooks Institute


This summer institute was funded by the Idaho State Department of Education and hosted by University of Idaho College of Education Doceo Center for Innovation + Learning.

During the summer of 2015, middle and high school science teachers from Lewiston School District worked with the Doceo Center to create open education science textbooks. During the summer of 2016, 36 science teachers from across the state joined us in creating version 2.0 of these texts. This institute was facilitated by six science teachers who have created open education science texts and implemented them in their classrooms. Each participant earned two professional development credits (provided by SDE) at the institute and has the opportunity to earn one professional development credit ($60) for full participation in follow-up meetings, implementation, and providing feedback.

Biology 2.0:  WebPDF, ePub

Chemistry 2.0:  Web, PDF

Earth Science:  Web, PDF

Life Science:  Web, PDF, ePub

Physical Science:  Web, PDF, ePub

Link to IASA Presentation - The Advantages of Open: Textbooks for the 21st Century 

Our summer institute schedule was as follows:

  • Monday, July 11th to Friday, July 15th at the Doceo Center for Innovation + Learning on the Moscow campus
  • Monday: 4 to 7 p.m. -dinner and introduction to open education resources
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. -wrap-up and lunch to go
  • Beyond summer: two virtual meetings to check implementation progress and provide support.

What were the costs?

  • Each district paid $150 per science teacher
  • Idaho State Department of Education provided:
    • 2 pd credits per teacher
    • lodging
    • mileage
    • dinner Monday, breakfast and lunch Tuesday through Friday
    • (per diem for meals not provided)
  • Optional follow-up (2 virtual meetings & implementation feedback) for 1 PD credit at $60 in-service rate

Why open education textbooks?

  • a cost effective alternative to traditional paper texts
  • can be accessed digitally, printed, or both
  • can be edited/adjusted/remixed at any time to keep up with the world of science
  • teachers are empowered to use their professional knowledge to control the content

Which textbooks?

  • Earth Science
  • Life Science
  • Physical Science
  • Biology
  • Chemistry

Link to presentation from welcome dinner!

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