Open Textbook Publishing in Australia

Open Textbook Publishing in Australia


May 28, 3.00-4.00pm AEST; via Zoom (

Abstract: As more Australian universities embark on open textbook publishing initiatives, it is timely to consolidate and disseminate practices across the sector.  Whilst Australian higher education has yet to demonstrate the outcomes of their Canadian, or United States counter-parts, the local context necessitates different approaches to the creation, sharing, and (re)use of open texts (albeit ones that leverage the successes and ‘lessons learned’ from international colleagues).  In this webinar, representatives of university initiatives will share the rationale for open publishing, and overview of their experience, and advice for other institutions either considering, or already engaged with, open publishing.  Attendees will have ample opportunity to generate discussion and ask questions.



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Anne Lennox, Associate Director, Teaching & Research, RMIT

Anne Lennox PicAnne is experienced in leading transformational projects and teams in building agile services to meet the needs of the changing digital environment. Anne is a key driver behind implementing technological solutions to address the increased demand for integration with RMIT’s digital Library services. More recently Anne has taken oversight of RMIT’s OER initiatives including, awareness raising, open textbook adoption and adaption.

Roxanne Missingham, ANU University Librarian (Chief Scholarly Information Services)

RoxanneRoxanne is the University Librarian and Chief Scholarly Information Officer, Australian National University. She was previously Parliamentary Librarian and Assistant Director General, Resource Sharing Division, National Library of Australia. She has a long career in libraries and IT focused on the development of digital delivery and digital services. Formerly President of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), she is currently a member of the Board of the Council of Australian University Librarians. She is passionate about open access publishing and researchers extensively in this area.

Adrian Stagg, Manager (Open Educational Practice), USQ

Stagg_CC_BYAdrian is currently the Manager (Open Educational Practice) for the University of Southern Queensland. His career has included both public and academic libraries, as well as positions as a Learning Technologist and eLearning Designer.  Adrian holds a Master of Applied Science (Library and Information Management), and he is a confirmed PhD candidate at the University of Tasmania. His research areas include the ecology of open educational practice and higher education policy as it relates to and supports, open educational initiatives.


Associate Professor Michael Cowling, CQUniversity Educational Technology & Innovation Champion

CowlingAssociate Professor Michael A. Cowling is an award-winning technology educator and technology communicator with a keen interest in mixed reality education, computer science / technology education, and information technology in society. He is currently an Associate Professor in Information & Communication Technology at CQUniversity Australia, and is the founder of The CREATE Lab, which focuses on collaborative research and engagement around technology and education ( He holds an Australian Government National Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning and is an Advance Queensland Community Digital Champion, as well as a current partner in an Australian Office for Learning & Teaching Innovation & Development grant and an Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE) Community Fellow.  A/Prof. Cowling lives by the mantra “pedagogy before technology”, and believes in a pedagogy-first, technology-enhanced approach to technology adoption in society, if it is to truly enrich our lives.