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)​.


Funding Support

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


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


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

Tentative Year 1 PA-ADOPT Faculty Author Training Schedule 

Activity Topics Dates
Introductions/PA-ADOPT Goals 
  • Leadership Team and PA-ADOPT Instructional Designer meet with faculty authors 
  • 11/11/21 
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: Completion 
  • Technical support and copyediting 
Summer 2022
Unit 5: Draft Submission 
  • Draft submission for peer-review and formative (implementation) faculty author evaluation 
Final Revisions  
  • Post peer-review submission of the final eText 
Final eTextbook Submission 
  • Final eTextbooks submission is due 


Tentative Year 1 PA-ADOPT/WordWorks Copyeditor Schedule 

Activity Topics Dates
  • Leadership Team and PA-ADOPT Instructional Designer meet with graduate student copyeditors  
WordWorks Copyeditor Training 
  • ENG 504, Methods and Materials in Publishing 
  • ENG 515, Technical, Scientific, and Medical Editing 
Spring 2022
Copyediting Process 
  • Copyedit open eTextbook chapters and give feedback to assigned faculty author 
Summer 2022
Copyeditor Feedback 
  • Formative (implementation) copyeditor evaluation 


Tentative Year 1 PA-ADOPT Peer Review Schedule 

Activity Topics Date
  • Leadership Team meets with faculty peer reviewers and KU workshop leaders 
PA-ADOPT Peer Review Workshop 
  • Common benefits and misconceptions about open eTextbook adoption 
  • Characteristics of effective eTextbooks 
  • An overview of the eTextbook review process  
  • Using the Open SUNY Textbook Peer Review Guidelines 
  • Providing constructive feedback to authors 
Peer Review 
  • Peer reviewers will complete an evaluation rubric with written comments for PA-ADOPT authors based on the Open SUNY Textbook Peer Review, provide the Leadership Team with a brief book review, and participate in formative (implementation) evaluation 
07/15/22 – 09/16/22 


Project Consortium

Project Management

The Office of Digital Learning and Innovation at West Chester University 

Partnership & Shared Responsibilities 

Cheyney University
  • Project Evaluation: coordinating project evaluation with External Evaluator
Kutztown University
  • Peer Review: KU OER Peer Review Workshops  
Millersville University
  • Publishing & Distribution: MU Library and Learning Forum Repository  
West Chester University
  • Faculty Author Training: eTextbook creation and best practices
  • Copyediting: WCU WordWorks Program 

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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