About the Open Dental Ed Consortium

The Open Dental Education Consortium was established to facilitate the creation of a central repository for the best educational materials used to train the dentists, hygienists, dental therapists, and dental assistants of tomorrow.

Ultimately, due to the benefits of openness combined with advanced educational technology, we envision Open Dental Ed becoming the premiere learning experience platform for dental education. We share all of our content freely, because knowledge should be free, and educational technology can lead the way! We are creating a more humanistic environment in dental education by providing open educational resources (OER) to reduce the cost, improve access, create more flexible learning opportunities, and provide the most up-to-date information for all learners in the oral health community.

We do not have a scarcity of resources in the world. ... What we have is a scarcity of collective moral conscience.

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II

The only legitimate role for new media and technology in education is to increase our capacity to be generous with one another. The more open we are, the better education will be.

Dr. David Wiley

What are Open Educational Resources (OER)?

Our Goal

Our goal is nothing less than providing the best open textbook publishing platform and author experience on the web!

Our Values

We have four guiding values for this initiative:

  1. Freedom — All of our content is freely available, and most of it is free to remix, reuse, and redistribute without seeking permission.
  2. Accessibility — We design all of our content with a mobile-first mindset that focuses on making content fast and accessible to all.
  3. Usability — All of our content undergoes ongoing usability testing to improve our users' experiences.
  4. Quality — Our content is created by leaders in the field, and much of it undergoes similar peer review processes used by journals or editorial review processes used by book publishers.

Our Impact

The impacts of a resource like this are multi-faceted and difficult to quantify, because it can improve learning, foster sharing, increase collegiality, and provide a variety of other social benefits. For a current estimate of our quantifiable cost savings to students, however, please visit our impact page.

Impact Estimates


We only include content on this site that is gratis (free as in no cost), but not all content may provide freedoms to users for remixing, etc. (free as in freedom). Each book included in this site is released under its own license, and some include chapters or other content that may be released under yet another license. If you have questions about reuse, remixing, etc., please consult the copyright notice on the individual work.

Books that are hosted on other sites (e.g., PressBooks) that we link to may have their own licensing requirements.

To learn more about licensing and copyright, check out this introductory chapter on the topic.

What Are We Doing?

This webinar hosted by the AECT Research and Theory Division provides an overview of some of the projects occurring through EdTech Books.

Watch on Vimeo

This episode of the Silverlinings for Education podcast allowed us to share some of what we're doing on EdTech Books.

Why Don't More Faculty Go with Open Textbooks?

Current and emerging research on faculty perceptions and barriers to open textbook adoption reveals that almost all faculty believe that open textbooks are a good idea, but few actually use them. The reasons for this are three-fold:

  1. Time: Faculty do not believe they have the time to create or adapt open resources, or another way of interpreting this is that faculty see work in this area as not being valued in terms of how their jobs are structured. For instance, if a faculty member has to decide whether to spend their time writing an open textbook for hundreds of students or publishing a research article for a few dozen scholars to read, they will typically go with the latter, because their job performance is evaluated based on numbers of articles published, not impact on students.
  2. Availability and Perceived Quality: Many courses do not have good open textbook options, those that exist may be difficult to find, or those that are found may not seem to be of very high quality. Most faculty who create open textbooks do not hire a type-editor to check for grammatical errors or a graphic designer to create a provocative cover; they also do not hire a marketing team to spread the word about the book or to get endorsements. This means that open textbooks are often difficult to find and may not initially seem to be of very high quality when compared to their commercial alternatives.
  3. Technical Expertise: Once a textbook is found, it is typically provided in a manner that faculty cannot easily edit or remix it (e.g., as a book-sized PDF). Similarly, when faculty want to create an open textbook, they often lack the technical knowledge necessary to create it in the expected formats that are common today (e.g., a mobile-friendly web version).

These barriers are real and prevent most faculty from moving in the direction of open textbooks. But, it is precisely to address these barriers that we created this platform! (For more information on overcoming barriers, see Irvine et al., 2021.)

Why Textbooks?

Some educators believe that the textbook, like print media, is effectively dead or that it perpetuates poor pedagogical practices. We sympathize with these attitudes but also recognize a few realities.

First, most courses in the U.S. still rely upon a textbook (69% according to Seaman & Seaman, 2018). Second, much of the lack of adoption of open educational resources (OER) can be attributed to their lack of perceived quality and difficulty in finding them. And third, packaging OER into a usable, flexible textbook format makes these resources more appealing and accessible to diverse educators who exhibit a wide array of technical skills and motivations to use OER. In short, open textbooks provide a simple, first step into the world of OER, and though some may criticize open textbooks as not being radical enough, it is precisely their combination of the old and familiar with the new and radical that makes them a trialable, compatible, and relatively advantageous innovation (cf., Rogers, Diffusion of Innovations, 2003) that practically any educator can readily adopt.

Who Uses Our Books?

Most of the people reading our content are finding it through search engines, but by tracking how readers get to our site, we can also see that our books are increasingly being used by universities and other organizations all over the world. Some notable entities that utilize our content in their courses include the following:

  • Asbury University
  • Arizona State University
  • Baker University
  • Brigham Young University
  • California State University
  • Casper College
  • Columbus State University
  • Emporia State University
  • Framingham State University
  • Idaho State University
  • Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Juniata College
  • Loyola University Maryland
  • Manhattan College
  • Michigan State University
  • Montana State University
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Plymouth State University
  • Purdue University
  • Royal Roads University
  • San Francisco State University
  • State University of New York
  • Texas A&M International University
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Alabama-Birmingham
  • University of Alaska
  • University of Central Oklahoma
  • Universidad EAFIT
  • University of Louisiana
  • University of Massachusetts
  • University of Memphis
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Victoria
  • University of Virginia
  • University System of Georgia
  • Winthrop University

What's the Catch?

"Are you going to monetize this or something?"

Nope. It's all free. Forever. We're just educators who care about our students and also want to make life easier for other educators.

Though we may eventually need to operate on donations or to charge for some add-on services, our core goals, values, and commitments will not change. In particular, we plan to never charge readers or authors to access or create open educational resources, and we will remain ad-free forever.

"Why do I have to log in with Google or ORCID?"

For security reasons, we have elected not to collect more information from users than is necessary, meaning that we never store passwords or other sensitive information if we can help it. Instead, we rely upon third parties to authenticate our users and only store a user ID provided by the third party. Currently, Google and ORCID are the main providers, but we hope to add others in the future.

Note that by using an external service to login we also are not collecting information from that service or allowing them to gain access to your content on our site. So, if you login with Google, we won't have access to your Google documents, and Google won't have access to your EdTech Books chapters. Rather, we are only using the login mechanism itself and not other data or resources that the third party might provide.

"Why am I limited to 10 books?"

This is a temporary measure as we scale up. We're happy to increase your limit. Just email us.

Accolades and Awards


We have worked hard to design and continually improve this site to be the best open textbook platform on the web. Some features include the following:

For more information about features, please visit the complete feature list. Or to see a list of recent updates, visit the updates log.


By hosting or linking to content on this site, we do not claim ownership of the content, and we or our partners should not be viewed as supporting the veracity or opinions of content authors. All specific content items merely reflect the opinions of their authors.

Publish with Us

Want to get your book published and reach a wider audience? Want to do research on user experiences with your book? Please review our Publishing with Us page, and we'd love to chat with you about hosting your book for free.

Pin saying free your textbook, free their minds

It's been fabulous working with this platform — so much easier and more well-designed than the other OER platforms out there.

Dr. Torrey Trust, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Submit an Existing Book

Do you have a great, free textbook that you would like to see included in our list? Submit a link to your book, and we will attempt to include it.

Contact Us

Dr. Royce Kimmons

This site is developed and maintained by Dr. Royce Kimmons at Brigham Young University.

If you have questions or requests, please direct them to the website administrator at admin@edtechbooks.org.

Technical Jargon

Many users want to know additional details about the technology underlying our platform. This system was created by Dr. Royce Kimmons. It is scripted in PHP and Javascript (jQuery) and has a MySQL back end. The front end is developed using the Bootstrap library. Hosting servers utilize Linux (Ubuntu) and are hosted by Amazon (AWS). PDF generation utilizes the headless Chrome, and a variety of external services are used for additional features, such as TinyMCE, Amazon Polly, Amazon Translate, CrossRef, Hugging Face, and others.