Main Body: Session 1: What is Pressbooks, why use it & Pressbooks intro (mostly theoretical)  Session 2: Best practices for creating OER with Pressbooks (while showing that) Session 3: Take it to the next level (interactivity) 

OTN 3-SERIES WEBINAR PLANNING Liz & Steel About the Audience

In the first two years the coop who could attend these trainings had higher barriers. Karen decided to meet people where they are. This third cohort (most of these) is librarians. There are no barriers to entry. This is Pub 101, let’s start with the basics, learn about publishing, show up and we’ll talk about stuff. Two people might be from an earlier cohort. We won’t allow the librarians to invite their faculty, we decided as that mixed audience would be more difficult.

Background for Us

Karen to have them read the Publishing Pathways Module before the first training.


  • Session 1: What is Pressbooks, why use it & Pressbooks intro (mostly theoretical)
  • Session 2: Best practices for creating OER with Pressbooks (while showing that)
  • Session 3: Take it to the next level (interactivity)

Session 1: What is Pressbooks, Why Use It & Brief Intro

Let’s ask if she wants to record.

We agreed in mgmt that we can provide attendees with sandbox access for test books they can use in between sessions to practice what we show (test books only).

5 min- Liz provided Karen with 3 poll questions beforehand

  • How many attendees already have a real OER project in mind to work on or with this year?
  • Do you anticipate supporting more adaptations or new creations at your institutions?
  • Rate your previous experience using WordPress – Advanced, Intermediate, Beginner None
  • TK?

[Steel] 3 min What is Pressbooks?

[Steel] 5 min Why use Pressbooks?

  • (open content deserves open platforms)

[Liz] 1 What to use PB for (mention only)

  • Adaptation (cloning)
  • Adaptation (remixing content imported from other platforms)
  • Creation
  • Adoption and delivering content through LMS
  • Making books that compete with courseware

[Liz & Steel] 5 min Examples (Liz have open in her browser)

[Liz] 10 minutes on practical application – show only a few functions in this session

  • Clone a book (from the OTN library)
  • Create a book
  • Import a book

[Steel] 10 min Acknowledge likely workflows

  • Multiple authors (show collaborators, and how to add them)
  • Some people may work in a different tool and bring into Pressbooks, and that’s cool!
  • How Scribe and PB are different (i.e. PB doesn’t do copy editing or illustration or translation for you) – acknowledge they can work together – Oregon State uses both.

15 min for questions

  • Regular questions
  • Karen wants us to ask if there’s anything they want us to for sure cover in the next two sessions

Session 2: Best Practices Around Creating OER in Pressbooks

Create a book shell / structure talking about best practices

[Steel] Accessibility & i18n

[Steel] A11y Tips for content creators

2 min [Liz] Metadata / attribution

  • Book info – credit attributors
  • Indicate license at book level for cloning / ecosystem
  • Indicate license at chapter level

2 min [Liz] Exporting

  • Talk about what people use the different file types for
  • Show exports on home page for diff. modalities / offline, etc.
    • Tagged PDFs, has a document structure applied, it meets an accessible PDF standard, which sometimes you’ll be asked for. Every one of the exports has this structure built in which is notable because sometimes PDFs don’t.
  • Include Web links / LTI links

[Liz] Cover Generator to meet specs of POD, etc.

[Liz] Maybe mention making design changes through theme application and how to customize theme options

[Steel] Maybe discuss which import to use if you have all of them

  • Maybe mention how to prep a doc you’re importing (H1s? Possibly shortcodes)

Session 3: Cool Things You Can Do in PB to Make it Come to Life / Take it to the Next Level (deep dive, focused on interactivity)

Liz, with Steel interjecting:

  • Textboxes
  • Glossary terms
    • crowdfunding
    • A method of funding innovative product ideas that are too early for investors. In this method, innovators reach out to like-minded supporters, early adopters and fans, who are enthusiastic about backing early stage ideas. The crowd not only contributes money to develop the product but offers something just as valuable: early market validation for the product, and a chance for the entrepreneur to build reputation and credibility.
  • Autopopulate glossary
  • Audio (Orca, sound bible, on desktop)
  • H5P
    • In what borough of Pennsylvania is Groundhog’s Day celebrated each year?
    • Allentown
    • Punxsutawney
    • Philadelphia
  • PhET simulations (
  • Embed video
  • LMS integration, 2 ways (did we show this already?)



  • Maybe allow extra time for questions since time has been short the last two sessions.


  • [done] Liz to send Karen poll questions a few days before Jan. 20 sessions.
  • [done] Liz let Karen know early Jan with lead time that sandbox can be used for cohort to practice what we taught in between sessions. For this closed subset of roughly 30 who are on the call. (Liz put this on Mgmt agenda and Hugh agreed.)


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