Denise Dejonghe

Placing a Pressbooks Open Textbook in Canvas

Blog Post created by Denise Dejonghe on May 30, 2019

After testing out various free open book platforms with an instructor, we selected Pressbooks as a user-friendly platform for her to create an open book. Once the book was created (educ2010.pressbooks.com), we tested various methods of placing it in Canvas which are demonstrated in this course:

Examples of placing a Pressbooks open textbook in Canvas 

 

 

Pressbooks Cover for Education 2010 available at educ2010.pressbooks.com

 

Directions for the Examples:

 

  1. Use the Redirect Tool app to add the book to the course navigation menu. 
  2. Add the book as an External URL to a module: How do I add an external URL as a module item?
  3. Add the textbook chapters as External URL's to a module: How do I add an external URL as a module item?
  4. Export the PDF from Pressbooks and add the PDF to a module as a File or Page. On the Pressbooks Dashboard: Select Export>PDF (for print)>Export Your Book. Download the PDF. Then, add the exported PDF to a Canvas module as a File or as a hyperlink on a Page:
    How do I add assignment types, pages, and files as module items?
    How do I create a file link in a page in a course?
  5. Copy and Paste a Pressbooks page into Canvas. Review after pasting on a page to ensure formatting is correct and images remain linked. If you upload the images to Pressbooks while creating your book, they remain linked when copying/pasting to a Canvas page.


A few students may want to print portions of an online textbook

Printable Options for Pressbooks that are free or low cost

 

CC Licenses

Education 2010 Textbook is licensed as CC Attribution ShareAlike

Printable Options for Pressbooks that are free or low cost is in the public domain and contains no copyright CC0

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