Dr. Margam Madhusudhan 

             Professor, 

             Department of Library and Information Science, University of Delhi,

Dr. Margam Madhusudhan is presently working as a Professor in the Department of Library and Information Science, University of Delhi. He has been in this profession for more than two decades and has served in various positions at the university level, such as Deputy Dean Academics and Member of Academic Council in the University of Delhi. He post-graduated in Commerce and Library and Information Science. He did his PGDLAN from the University of Hyderabad and a Doctorate in LIS from Osmania University, Hyderabad.

 He is a life member of ILA, IASLIC, MALA, IATLIS, TSLA and many other professional associations. Under his supervision, 11 PhDs, 23 MPhils, and 140+ Project reports were awarded. He has also completed one major research project of DRDO and two minor projects. He has published 06 books and 146 research publications, including 51 international journal articles, and presented many national/international conferences papers. His research interests include designing and evaluating websites, Web-OPACs, ICT in libraries, Mobile-based Library Services, and Text mining.

Open Textbooks: An Uncharted Territory of Teachers and Librarians

Abstract

Education is today viewed as an empowering instrument that strengthens human values and accelerates the generation of knowledge and its applications to achieve individual, socioeconomic, and sustainable development goals for the greater good. Inclusive education aims to meet the unique needs of all students by removing barriers and enhancing the educational system's ability to reach out to all students. This educational model gives more significant prospects for academic and social success for all students.

 

Textbooks are essential to the educational process because they serve as a road map for achieving grade and subject-specific learning goals. It is critical to consider textbooks' future role in light of recent worldwide changes and digitization. To increase the overall quality of education, it is necessary to maintain alignment between curriculum goals, textbooks, pedagogy, learning resources, and student learning evaluation.

 

The expense of textbooks is a significant barrier to higher education. Students are locked in a flawed textbook market, where teachers make the purchase decisions, but they are left to foot the bill. Realising the problem of textbooks, "many colleges have joined the Open Educational Resources (OER) movement to support the development and usage of open textbooks after realising the problem with textbooks (Open Michigan and BC OpenEd). In a 2007 recommendation to the Indian government, the National Knowledge Commission (NKC) called for the usage of open educational resources (OER). The Government of India launched the NMEICT in 2009 with the NPTEL for engineering and fundamental science courses in order to promote India as a knowledge superpower. The NMEICT has officially established an open licencing policy that will make all of the project's content open source under the CC-BY-SA licence".

 

In the framework of the NKC, National Educational Policy-2020, and UNESCO's Sustainable Development Goal 4, this paper will discuss the OER movement in India and the Government of India's willingness to share knowledge resources.

 

This paper discusses different facets of open textbooks, tools for creating open textbooks and highlights the variety of institutional considerations to move forward with the open textbook project. This paper also revelations some open textbook projects currently in progress, recent trends in publishing open textbooks and open license policies in line with the Commonwealth of Learning-UNESCO OER Paris Declaration. Finally, bridge the research gap on the promotion/development of open textbooks with government grants in India.