Free Education Textbooks

While in many ways teaching hasn’t changed for thousands of years, the past few decades have seen advances in technology that have revolutionized the way many teachers teach.

Educators now have to not only be well-versed in their subject areas but also on how to incorporate technology into their classrooms. The Free Textbook List is dedicated to online learning, the latest in a long-line of changes taking place in classrooms around the world.

I hope to continually add more free online textbooks for education majors to this list. It doesn’t surprise me that most of the online textbooks for educators that I’ve found relate to using technology in the classroom.

I do hope future educators, who make use of sites like mine, embrace the open textbook revolution and opt to select course materials for their own students that can be obtained online for free or significantly lower costs than traditional printed materials.

List of Free Education Textbooks

Accessible Elements: Teaching Science Online and at a Distance

Written by: Edited by Dietmar Kennepohl (Athabasca) and Lawton Shaw (Athabasca)

This textbook offers parents and educators teaching science tips and strategies for distance education, limited lab access and online presentation.

Education for an Information Age

Written by: Bernard John Poole (University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown) and Elizabeth Sky-McIlvain (Georgetown University)

Online textbook for education majors and teachers on using computers as a teaching tool to enhance, rather than replace, traditional teaching techniques.

Emerging Perspectives on Learning, Teaching, and Technology

Written by: Michael Orey (University of Georgia)

Emerging Perspectives on Learning, Teaching, and Technology is a free online textbook produced by Michael Orey from the University of Georgia.

Learning Spaces

A textbook for education majors on creating learning spaces that actually facilitate learning for students. Includes dozens of case studies from colleges and universities.

Open Educational Resources Educator Handbook

Written by: David Wiley (Brigham Young University)

Open educational resources educator handbook; a true guidebook for educators hoping to build their own open educational resources.

Social and Cultural Foundations of American Education

Social and Cultural Foundations of American Education is a student-written online textbook for education majors.

Teaching in the Switched On Classroom

Written by: Kent L. Norman (University of Maryland)

Teaching in the Switched on Classroom discusses the adaptation and incorporation of technology into classrooms. It predates much of our current technology but still offers a great deal of help for educators.

The Instructional Use of Learning Objects

Written by: David Wiley (Brigham Young University)

The Instructional Use of Learning Objects is a free online textbook. It begins by linking the learning objects approach with existing instructional design theory.

The Profession of Education: Responsibilities, Ethics and Pedagogic Experimentation

Written by: Shannon Kincaid, Ph.D. and Philip Pecorino, Ph.D.

Discussion and textbook on post-secondary faculty balancing the responsibilities of being an academician and an educator from a philosophical perspective.

The Theory and Practice of Online Learning

Written by: Terry Anderson (Athabasca University)

The Theory and Practice of Online Learning, published by Athabasca University Press, a leader in distance learning; shares essays by a number of experts.

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