Open Educational Resources Collective

The CAUL Open Educational Resources Collective will provide a shared open textbook publishing platform for participating CAUL Member institutions. It will facilitate both independent publishing by authors at participating institutions, as well as collaborative, cross-institutional publishing. The Collective will also build community and capacity across CAUL Member institutions to support open textbook publishing. 

The Collective has three objectives:

  1. Build infrastructure, capacity and achieve tangible outcomes to move the OER agenda forward at a national level.
  2. Facilitate collaborative authoring and publishing of open textbooks in targeted priority disciplines, with a preference for the inclusion of local and/or indigenous content.
  3. Allow Member institutions to publish their own textbooks (anticipated to be up to two per year) in disciplines of their choosing.

CAUL Member institutions are at various stages of development in terms of their exploration of open textbooks. The aims of the Collective will allow Member institutions with different goals and different needs to benefit from the Collective. The Collective will draw on the strength of networks within the CAUL membership to encourage cross-institutional collaboration on open textbooks and facilitate knowledge sharing.

The Collective will operate as a two year pilot commencing January 2022 under an opt-in participation model. 

The pilot will be conducted in two phases. Phase 1 will commence in January 2022. During this phase, the Collective will have a single participation tier, ‘Connect’, that will allow participating institutions to begin publishing open textbooks (‘DIY publishing’), supported by training, guides and templates, communities of practice, and an author grant scheme.


Participating institutions will have

  • space to publish up to two open textbooks on the shared Pressbooks platform per year
  • access to training, guides and templates
  • access to two communities of practice - one for library staff, and one for academic authors
  • the opportunity for academic authors at their institution to apply for DIY Textbook Author Grants.

Participating institutions

  • Australian Catholic University
  • Bond University
  • Charles Darwin University
  • Charles Sturt University
  • Curtin University
  • Deakin University
  • Federation University
  • Flinders University
  • Griffith University
  • James Cook University
  • La Trobe University
  • Monash University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • RMIT University
  • Southern Cross University
  • Swinburne University of Technology
  • The University of Notre Dame Australia
  • University of Adelaide
  • University of Canterbury
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of New England
  • University of Newcastle
  • University of Otago
  • University of South Australia
  • University of Southern Queensland
  • University of Sydney
  • University of the Sunshine Coast
  • University of Western Australia
  • Victoria University of Wellington
  • Western Sydney University


Academic staff at participating institutions who are interested in participating in the Collective or authoring an open textbook should contact their university library.

Library staff with questions about participating in the Collective should email Kate Davis, Director, Strategy & Analytics.

More Information

Need more information? The paper Introducing the CAUL Open Educational Resources Collective provides a detailed outline of the Collective model, with a focus on Phase 1 and the Connect tier.

Frequently Asked Questions

My institution already has an open textbook platform. Can we still participate, and do we have to publish on the shared platform?

Yes, you can still participate and benefit from the community and capability building aspects of the Collective, and academic authors at your institution will be eligible for the DIY Author Grants. There is no requirement to publish on the shared platform, unless the author has received a Collective grant for their open textbook.

We aren't ready to publish at this stage. Should we hold off on joining?

The Collective has been designed to provide capability building and support for institutions who have not started publishing. Early topics for the community of practice meetings will focus on engaging academics and working with authors, which will help you to start planning. There is no obligation to publish within the year if your authors are not ready, but we encourage you to think about starting small with a few chapters of a single book that can be further developed over time. 


PDF icon Introducing the CAUL Open Educational Resources Collective (pdf, 1015.78 KB, last modified 13/12/2021)
Author Kate Davis
Last modified 19 March 2022