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UCF will be continuing remote instruction through the summer semester. For information and resources, please refer to the Keep Teaching site for faculty and the Keep Learning site for students.

UCF has partnered with Pressbooks to provide faculty and students an authoring tool by which they can publish portable, interactive web content for a variety of use-cases. 

Cost

Pressbooks is free-of-cost to all UCF faculty, staff, and students.

Key Features

  • Streamlined authoring / ‘Quick Start’: Add your textual, audio, and video content through an easy-to-use interface or import your pre-existing content from Microsoft Word, Webcourses’ Pages, and more with the click of a button.
  • Seamless Integration: Access all your Pressbooks content directly in Webcourses through our LTI integration.
  • Privacy control: Make content public (for the world to see) or private (for a specific audience of students or colleagues).
  • Portability: Permit downloadable and printable exports (PDF, EPUB, MOBI, XML).
  • Interactive multimedia: Embed interactive learning content from H5P and Materia.
  • Instructor/Student Annotations: Leave personalized notes to expound on compelling topics (Hypothes.is).

Pressbooks in Practice

The table below provides examples of how faculty and students are using Pressbooks at UCF:

Academic Professional Personal/Public/Service
Faculty Write content in Pressbooks to supply students a zero-cost alternative to publisher textbooks and/or courseware. Share content in electronic or print format with fellow colleagues (e.g., via conference proceedings). Prepare a translation or participate in a collaborative project that can later be extracted from the platform and used in a philanthropic manner. 
Students Create content (e.g., create ePortfolios) to submit as a project or assignment. Author and maintain ownership of personal work (e.g., via open license) and list it on a resume or CV as a publication.  Produce dynamic content, export the .xml package, and upload the work to a personal website on WordPress or elsewhere to share with the world. 

How Do I Get Started?

If you would like to get started on any of the aforementioned or devise your own pathway forward, please sign up for a Pressbooks account.

Access UCF Pressbooks

Support Documentation

Alternatively, if you’re unsure where to start or would like to sit down with a member of the Affordable Instructional Materials (AIM) team to discuss training and/or collaborating on a project, please contact us at affordable@ucf.edu.