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Driving Awareness, Adoptions, and Affordability

The Advocate Trainer


The Advocate Trainer

Resources & cohorts for encouraging adoptions of open textbooks through campus advocacy & workshops. Our members are: Advocates for Open Textbooks and Trainers of future Advocates.

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Latest Activity: Dec 8, 2014

A/T kit

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is the location for materials and links that Advocate/Trainers can
use at their colleges and in their workshops.

In the short term, check your cohort group for materials. To add
materials you develop, attach them in a comment below using the
white box icon at the end of the row of icons. The moderators will
move them into this textbox.

Suggested topics for workshops: (click links to see list of
1. Overview of Open Textbooks
2. Discover and Select
3. Adopt and Use

We really need your help gathering information about open textbook
usage. Please enter your information in the first blank row of this
Google Doc
about textbooks (commercial or open) that you are using or plan to
use. You may enter the information anonymously if you prefer but
please remember your row number. Also, please ask all the people
who attend your workshop to enter data in this form.

Other Materials:
Post Workshop Blog

Picture is Beautiful
by geishaboy500 /
CC BY 2.0


Please customize or replace this generic slide set for the


Erik Christensen's PowerPoint presentation:


0WorkshopMarch12-1_Erik_Christensen_South Florida Community

Slideshow useful in overview:

Jeopardy: useful as a review after the overview:

OT Jeopardy.ppt

Jeopardy directions: Jeopardy_directions.doc

This slideshare presentation contains some slides that you may want
to use in your workshop:
-Slide 7 points to this Creative Commons video with sound available

Slideshare presentation about OER by Greg Grossmeier:
The Road to Open Educational Resources

Open textbooks FAQs are available at
and at

Outstanding slides developed by Susan Amper for a workshop at TC3
August 2010
Open Textbook Workshop at TC3 Susan Amper.ppt

Open Textbooks Flyer from Student PIRGS

Article with some good statistics about textbook costs:
Textbooks' costs keep stacking up

Copyright and OER by Judy Baker. This article
includes info on Fair Use and on the student savings from just on
open textbook.

Introduction to OER tutorial


Wiki Educator “OER Handbook for Educators 1.0”


“A Basic Guide to Open Educational Resources”

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Discover and

Generic Discover & Select slide show:Discover
and Select Generic.ppt

Outstanding Discover and Select slide set by Angela Secrest of
Houston Community College. There are comments in the notes field so
it is better not to view this in slideshow mode.

Goldilocks and the 13 Repositories: A presentation given at the
League of Innovation in Baltimore March 31, 2010. This presentation
makes a clear distinction between repositories and lists.
Repositories Presentation for League.ppt

Excellent summary of repositories by Judy Baker:
OpenTextbookRepositories version 3.doc

FlatWorld Knowledge is the only for-profit company
that produces exclusively open textbooks. The books are very high
quality. FlatWorld's website has some interesting videos and other
information for instructors and students. If your workshop will
have large attendance, FlatWorld may be able to provide a guest

Ohio video shows free textbook sources including CCOTC:

Two open textbooks specifically mentioned in some of the
Art History:
We also showed an open psychology book but we are not sure which
one. All of the psych books are at

Many more open textbooks are listed at

Slide show and podcast for educators about Creative Commons; turn
on the sound!

Terrific Creative Commons lesson with two workshop exercises:

Creative Commons Attribution Licenses V2 by Ken Busbee.doc
document was created by Ken Busbee of Houston Community

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Adopt and Use:

Adopt and Use generic presentation
adopt and use generic for campus workshops.ppt

Here is Erik Christensen's video about his adoption of an open
physics textbook:

Adoption of Open Textbooks Quick Start:

Lessons learnt from transforming teaching materials
into OERs

A Staff Guide to Open Educational Resources is
packed with information in a 7-page booklet -- a great take-away
from your workshop.

Please see our VIDEOS page for two related videos. One shows exactly how Malissa Attebery, an instructional designer at Lone Star College, adopted and adapted a history open textbook by Jud Sage. The other illustrates Jacqui Cain's use of Softchalk to build a course around a public domain Sherlock Holmes book.

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This slideset from the final session of the May
online workshop includes a summary of the best practices of about
25 advocate/trainers. These include great ideas for advocating to
stakeholders, getting buyin to joining the OER consortium,
marketing workshops, and providing workshops.

Marketing of Workshops Discussions

Benefits for Community Colleges in Joining CCCOER

Convincing a college to join CCCOER

Open Textbooks Flyer from Student PIRGS

Open Textbook flyer from Eric Christensen

Success in Utah

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Comment by Randy Fisher aka WikiRandy on June 7, 2012 at 12:01am
Comment by Jacky Hood on March 25, 2011 at 10:54am

Hmm.. Ning will let me edit the comment below but not add any more files. Here is a more accurate participant list:

JackyHood (Moderator)
Una (Moderator)
Devendra 1 (Participant)
John 1 (Participant)
Kelly (Participant)
Ken in NJ (Participant)
Lisa (Participant)
Liza (Participant)
Micheline (Participant)
Robin (Participant)
Stephen (Participant)
Testing Webcam (Participant)
Zoey (Participant)

Comment by Jacky Hood on March 25, 2011 at 10:49am
On March 25 2011 Una presented the results of the A/T survey and I presented the adoption communities.

The archive of this event will be available at

by Saturday March 26.

Here are the slides, chat and participant lists from this event:



Comment by Una Daly on March 8, 2011 at 9:57pm

Excellent slides from Nicole Allen, Student PIRGS Affordable Textbooks director, on the high cost of textbooks and how to solve it.

Comment by Una Daly on March 8, 2011 at 9:53pm

Slideshows from my recent faculty workshop at LACCD.




2.5 hour faculty/staff workshop:


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