The Global Text Project is building student engagement across campus. Last spring, Associate Editor, Marisa Drexel, implemented an internship program for students to work on production of textbooks. Five English majors signed up. They worked in the Global Text office daily to learn about the open education movement and electronic publication. Two continued on the project during summer and this fall four of the original five are still actively working eight hours per week to publish electronic books for university students in developing economies.
“Our interns are really pioneers in the growing trend towards electronic publishing. They are learning cutting-edge technology, like EPUB for e-readers. They will leave with the skills needed to compete in a new era of the publishing industry,” says Marisa.
The interns successfully collaborated on publishing two textbooks in the spring semester semester, acquired new links to add to the GTP library, worked to build new relationships throughout the university community. They published two more books this fall and are designing a student-led program for on-campus recruitment and training. Students are a valuable resource and are needed at every stage of the publishing process.