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February 2012 Blog Posts (10)

E-Books on the Rise

It's getting easier to make e-books now, thanks to easy-to-use tools. To make simple Word or PDF documents more attractive (e.g., add page-turning effects and zoom options), consider free services like  Issuu or Yudu. …


Added by Blaine Victor Morrow on February 29, 2012 at 10:03am — No Comments

New OER Logo

Jonathas Mello has designed a new OER logo on behalf of UNESCO. 

You can see it at right, and you can download it in several formats and languages…


Added by Blaine Victor Morrow on February 27, 2012 at 3:20pm — 2 Comments

Tools of Change for Publishing Conference Highlights


"One of the most relevant speeches of the TOC conference was given by Barbara Genco of Library Journal. Her keynote, titled Public Library Power Patrons Are Your Best Customers: Lessons from Patron Profiles, argued that publishers need libraries more than libraries need…


Added by Blaine Victor Morrow on February 21, 2012 at 1:50pm — No Comments

Four sites worth a visit: textbook at warp speed, UC Irvine courseware, Active Learning, 5 outstanding open textbooks

Building a textbook in 48 hours

UC Irvine provides outstanding open courseware

Tony Kuphaldt's 7 videos on Active Learning:

Debut of 5 outstanding open textbooks…


Added by Open Doors Group on February 18, 2012 at 3:47pm — No Comments

Faculty Publishing at Temple and UMass

Temple used a pilot project to encourage faculty to design alternative textbooks and digital materials. “We provided a $1,000 grant to 11 faculty…


Added by Blaine Victor Morrow on February 16, 2012 at 11:31am — No Comments

Why Pay for Intro Textbooks?

2//7/12 from INSIDE HIGHER ED

If ramen noodle sales spike at the start of every semester, here’s one possible reason: textbooks can cost as much as a class itself; materials for an introductory physics course can easily top $300.

Cost-conscious students can of course save money with used or online books and recoup some of their cash come buyback time. Still, it’s a steep price for most 18-year-olds.

But soon, introductory physics texts will have a new competitor,…


Added by Ken Ronkowitz on February 9, 2012 at 8:00pm — No Comments

WordPress and Pressbooks for Open Textbook Authoring

There's a nice article about this called "Open Textbook Authoring Tools Part 2 – WordPress and Pressbooks" posted Feb. 7. It…


Added by Blaine Victor Morrow on February 9, 2012 at 10:33am — No Comments

How Open Education Resources Unlock the Door to Free Learning

In a new post by  David Wiley, Cable Green, and Louis Soares, you'll find a downloadable issues brief and a browser-accessible version. My eye was captured…


Added by Blaine Victor Morrow on February 8, 2012 at 10:48am — No Comments

Rice University Attacks the Intro Textbook Price Spike

Why Pay for Intro Textbooks? Rice offers a free physics intro textbook through  OpenStax College. They'll offer free course materials for five introductory classes via Rice’s Connexions platform

Added by Blaine Victor Morrow on February 8, 2012 at 10:38am — No Comments

Saylor Foundation Names Open Textbook Challenge Winners

Saylor Foundation has selected three college textbooks to be added to its lineup of free online courses through the Open Textbook Challenge. Each author will receive $20,000, and the textbooks are available through a creative commons license.

The texts are now available for use by students and instructors at…


Added by Ken Ronkowitz on February 7, 2012 at 11:21am — No Comments

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