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Discipline Considerations

When I first considered open source textbooks, I gave little thought to discipline considerations.  After much discussion with many colleagues, it occurred to me that the push for awareness and adoptions might be benefited with some discussion among like disciplines. …


Added by Kate LeGrand on January 6, 2011 at 7:04am — No Comments

Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing, Vol. 2, Now Available

The second volume in the Writing Spaces open textbook series for first year writing classes is now available for free download (Creative Commons licensed PDF) and for purchase in print. There are twenty-one new essays to complement the chapters already available in the first volume. View the Writings Spaces: Readings on Writing, Volume 2 page for the table of contents and more information.

Added by Charlie Lowe on January 5, 2011 at 10:29pm — No Comments

Netted by the Webbys does OER!

Back to School: Free Access to Classes from Top Universities

This article is an introduction to Einztein, a new "Social Learning Network".

My first search was "quarks", which retrieved only one resource, but a good one -- a freely available Annenberg video: Physics for the 21st Century.

The HCC Libraries have been adding links to…


Added by Angela K. Secrest on January 5, 2011 at 4:51am — No Comments

CUNY IT conference and Open Textbooks


At the City University of New York (CUNY) IT Conference on December 3rd, I presented on the topic of open textbooks to a standing room only crowd of about 30 CUNY people with an additional dozen or so who were forced to stand in the hallway trying to catch some of what I said. The attendees included faculty, librarians, and administrators.


One of the big questions was about the cost…


Added by susan amper on December 17, 2010 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Talking Open Education with the WA State Senate

Added by Micheline on December 13, 2010 at 12:49pm — No Comments

Ponderous Questions: Why Definitions of "Open" are Important

From Jacky:

"Three questions to ponder this weekend:

  • Can one learn about open textbooks by reading tweets?
  • What is the purpose of Twitter?
  • Can a book licensed as CC BY NC SA be considered open?"

I am not sure if we are meant to begin the discussion here, at Amazon, via email, Google Groups, or the wiki but here is my 2 cents. I think these questions are a good place to start but beneath these questions lie questions about sustainable…


Added by Geoff Cain on December 11, 2010 at 1:56pm — No Comments

Student Created OER Materials

Word Processing Essentials is a Connexions collection of modules to teach or refresh skills using Microsoft Word. The intended audience is anyone needing to create a simple term or research paper for a high school or college course. The collection was planned by Kenneth Leroy Busbee, the Chair, Business/Computer Science Department at the Community College of…


Added by Kenneth Leroy Busbee on December 3, 2010 at 6:30pm — No Comments

OER Policy Webinar: WA State Representative Reuven Carlyle

Cable Green,Director of eLearning & Open Education SBCTC posts:

WA Representative Reuven Carlyle's

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on Open Policy: recording @

"This is not just…

Added by Una Daly on November 29, 2010 at 8:34am — No Comments

Presentation at NJEDge. Net Annual Conference

November 2010

I did a presentation this month titled "It's an Open Book: Adopting Open Textbooks" at the NJEDge.Net Annual Conference.

NJEDge.Net is a non-profit technology consortium of academic and research institutions in New Jersey. Through its deployment of advanced Internet technologies and digital communication,…

Added by Ken Ronkowitz on November 28, 2010 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Declining book sales drive campus bookstores to offer other services

Chronicle of higher education reports that book sales on college campuses are declining with economic pressures driving students to buy cheaper versions online or do without textbooks. College bookstores are rethinking their strategies looking to provide other services for students including performance space for in-store concerts, print-on-demand multimedia stations, and even dry cleaning ...

Added by Una Daly on November 28, 2010 at 1:08am — No Comments

Presentation at the Two Year College Association Conference (Washington DC)

I presented at Two Year College Association (TYCA) Northeast regional conference this week.

"Capitol Improvements: The Two-Year College as an Agency of Change" was held November 4-6, 2010 in Washington, DC.

My workshop was titled "Adopting Open Textbooks."   I covered how to identify, evaluate, and adopt Open Textbooks. I also gave an overview of training opportunities for those wanting to adopt open resources, do peer reviews or open their own writing.

This is…


Added by Ken Ronkowitz on November 9, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments

First All-Digital ScienceTextbooks Will Be Free

This is what’s possible when we’re willing to build highest quality

educational materials… and make them free to the world’s learners.

No, it’s not completed yet. Yes, it’s expensive to build… but

$10M is cheap when you…


Added by Micheline on November 8, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Can We Write Textbooks the Way We Write Scholarship?

Thanks to Open Access Textbooks: A FIPSE Grant Project and The Community College Open Textbook Collaborative, Pavel Zemliansky and I will be offering a webinar about the Writing Spaces open textbook production model: Can We Write Textbooks the…


Added by Charlie Lowe on November 8, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Washington's 2-year colleges out to beat high cost of textbooks

Thanks to federal grants, more on open-source electronic textbooks! The Seattle Times Local News

Added by Micheline on November 8, 2010 at 1:29pm — No Comments

Textbooks in the news

Here's an article from today's NY Times about how students cling to print textbooks. It might make a good addition to a presentation on open texts. Since print versions of open texts are so much less expensive than traditional texts, it would point to a solution to a problem the NY Times has identified.…


Added by susan amper on October 20, 2010 at 6:26pm — 2 Comments

Oklahoma State University professor seeks Open Textbooks for his students

"Fox said open textbooks might be a better option for his students, but he needs to learn more about them."

Read more:…

Added by Micheline on October 9, 2010 at 6:21pm — No Comments

Open Textbooks in the news

Here's an article from today's Inside Higher Ed on open textbooks.

Added by susan amper on October 1, 2010 at 6:29am — No Comments

Thoughts on Open Textbook Publishing

I've been blogging regularly the last two weeks about open textbook publishing at Kairosnews as idea generation for an article. Here's a listing of posts at Kairosnews with the open textbook keyword tag in case anyone is interested. I have some more thoughts that I'll be adding over the next couple of weeks, some of which will provide insight into the production and publishing model we are using with… Continue

Added by Charlie Lowe on September 19, 2010 at 5:23pm — No Comments

Washington State job opening Open Education Project Manager

The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) invites applications from qualified individuals for the position of Open Education

Project Manager.

SBCTC is seeking a visionary “Open Education…


Added by Jacky Hood on August 16, 2010 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

Open Textbooks Save the Day - video

Check out this video - Open Textbooks Save the Day

Feel free to use or remix it for promoting the use of open textbooks on your campus.

- Judy

Added by Judy Baker on August 8, 2010 at 9:34pm — No Comments

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