"Thank you! I'm happy to join this community. Here at San Jose State University, we're moving forward with an Affordable Learning Solutions initiative, and this site has a lot of great information that can help in our campaign. You can read…"
Thank you! I'm happy to join this community. Here at San Jose State University, we're moving forward with an Affordable Learning Solutions initiative, and this site has a lot of great information that can help in our campaign. You can read more about how we're trying to help our students reduce their educational expenses at library.sjsu.edu/als.
Hi Liz! I have not been on this site for a long while, just really busy. I am still working on my textbook in Criminal Law, and will be publishing it through Flat World Knowledge. It should be available January, 2012. I was just wondering; what would be the best way to let other instructors know that this text is in progress? Because it is really difficult to find criminal justice textbooks that are open access. . . I have done some searches, but cannot find much in this area. Am I missing something? Are there open educational resources in criminal justice? I still need textbooks for my Criminal Procedures, Criminal Evidence, and Constitutional Law courses. The traditional textbooks are extremely expensive. Please let me know, thanks!
Thank you very much for the welcome and the links. I am hoping to raise awareness of open access resources, especially textbooks, on my campus this year. Not just for our online faculty, but for everyone.
OER and other online resources are very valuable to distance learners, because of the difficulty of shipping print materials around the world. I have, several times, gotten queries from overseas students who simply haven't gotten their textbooks at the start of class.
Format issues, however, can be troublesome. I had a classmate in an online program who was in the US military. She could not download readers to their military issued computer, so if it wasn't a standard format (PDF or MS doc at the time) or viewable in a browser she was unable to read it. I have had students trying to work at corporate offices who have the same problem. They can get permission to spend time on their education, but not to download readers to actually get that education. Standardization of formats is crucial.
Coordinator for Distance Learning at Buley Library
Southern Connecticut State University
I'm sorry that we didn't get a chance to introduce ourselves yesterday, especially since we were sitting right beside each other....
Bookshare is an online accessible library for people who are blind and print-disabled. Just last year we started adding open textbooks to our collection. We receive various formats from open content producers ranging from ePubs, which we love, to Docbook and custom XML, and PDFs. EPubs are by far the easiest to convert to Daisy 3 and .brf (Braille ready format) that can be read by accessible technology devices and screen readers because we have a conversion program that automatically converts the file. We also recently built a Docbook converter. PDFs are more challenging because file setup preferences make auto conversion difficult, so manual intervention is still required, which is time consuming. Standardization in the open textbook community (to ePub) would help us out tremendously!
Director, Literacy Operations
Bookshare, a Benetech Initiative