The Open Textbook Forum will provide faculty and university administrators with the latest trends and new opportunities in textbook authoring and adoptions. This new paradigm of textbook publishing combines:
- Low- and no-cost textbook solutions for students.
- Financial incentives for textbook authoring.
- New strategies for evaluation and deployment of
open textbooks in the classroom.
- Moderator: Open education visionary, Gary W. Matkin, Ph.D., dean of continuing education, distance learning and summer session.
- Keynote speaker: Eric Frank, founder and president of Flat World Knowledge, a venture-backed publisher of open-source, free and affordable college textbooks. To date, 1,600 educators and 100,000 students at 900 schools have used Flat World texts. The company's open publishing model has attracted more than 100 authors.
- Speaker: Stephen Carson, president of the board of the 200-member OpenCourseWare Consortium and Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) OpenCourseWare external director. Carson played a key role in MIT's pioneering initiative to openly publish materials and courses. One-third of incoming freshman cite these open materials as important to their decision to attend MIT.
- Speaker: Michael Dennin, UCI professor, Physics and Astronomy Chair, Council on Educational Policy, UCI Academic Senate*. Dennin was one of the first faculty to publish a UCI course with an open license. Dennin will explore the issue of Open Textbooks from a faculty perspective.