Driving Awareness, Adoptions, and Affordability
As an extension of a discussion we are having online in the P2PU course about criteria for selecting an open textbook, I have a list on my website made up of items suggested by faculty.
I added a poll just now to select the "top" criterion. I'm sure the poll will not get a large response in the next few weeks, but perhaps members here will respond to it and send the link to colleagues and we can get a sense of perceived importance.
List and poll link…
Making steady, albeit slow, progress on WritingCommons.Com (Free Writing Textbook).
Recent progress includes development of the editorial board (see http://writingcommons.com/home/editorial-board )
Still have significant design work ahead, and I've got to figure out work flow with peer review features...Speed has been somewhat fixed....
But I'm tracking about 50 folks a day w/o any…Continue
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Students are taking the battle against high-priced textbooks into their own hands. This week, 11 University of Cincinnati seniors in the psychology program presented at an…
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WHAT IS SMARTHISTORY?
Smarthistory.org is a Webby-award winning, free and open educational resource for the study of art history. Smarthistory was created by two art historians, Beth Harris and Steven Zucker, each with twenty years of teaching experience, who saw an opportunity to use conversation and the web to make art history accessible to their students. The Smarthistory…
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On January 25, 201, I did a Webinar for the Distance Learning Advisory Board of NJEDge.Net (the higher education network for the state of NJ)
The session overview: Unlike commercial e-books, open textbooks are accessible online at no cost, very affoEdrdable as a print book, and are licensed to allow faculty to legally access and reformat copies of the text at no additional cost. The educational material inside open textbooks is similar to…Continue
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I presented on open textbooks as part of a day titled "E-Books, E-Readers, E-Textbooks, & E-Pub: Explanations and Examples of the New and Not-So-New Technologies" at Middlesex County College, January 19, 2011
Google has just entered the e-book selling environment. Amazon’s e-books sales have outpaced print sales. Find out who the major players are, what technologies are available and MCC Library’s efforts to provide access to electronic book…
Added by Ken Ronkowitz on January 20, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments
I created a site (using LibGuides) on electronic textbooks to support my presentations on OER and open textbooks.
It has sections on open textbooks that utilize some of the materials from the advocate training materials.
It's work in progress - feel free to reuse sections and offer suggestions for additions.
Added by Ken Ronkowitz on January 15, 2011 at 6:30pm — No Comments
Cable Green was featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education in an article called "State of Washington to Offer Online Materials as Texts" by Martha Ann Overland. I loved the article because it promotes all of the things I am so excited about in education right now: free, openly licensed textbooks, open education resources, and the creation of communities that are creating freely accessible learning materials.…Continue
Here are the presentation slides from the Mid-Pacific Information Communication Conference, January 6, 2011, on Finding and Authoring Open Textbooks. Great feedback from participants and lots of engagement around the importance of affordable textbooks and enabling instructors to work together and share their instructional materials. Archive to live session coming soon.…Continue
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The Chancellor’s Office for the California Community Colleges is in the process of researching Open Education Resource (OER) courseware and/or modules for Intermediate Algebra for a special project under development. If you know of any OER courseware/modules that the Chancellor's Office can review as a part of this research effort it would be greatly appreciated. Please send that information or any links to information on this topic to LeBaron Woodyard, Dean of Academic…Continue
Added by Judy Baker on January 6, 2011 at 7:06pm — No Comments
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. …Continue
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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.
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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…Continue
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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…Continue
Added by Micheline on December 13, 2010 at 12:49pm — No Comments
"Three questions to ponder this weekend:
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…Continue
Added by Geoff Cain on December 11, 2010 at 1:56pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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