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My Open Texbook Presentation

On January 19th at 1:00, I gave my presentation on Open textbooks.  This seminar was during our FLEX activity at Los Medanos College.  I had 10 faculty members in attendance.  The first part of the seminar was lecture.  The second half was hands-on searching for Open textbooks.…


Added by Denise Knowles on February 10, 2011 at 10:36am — No Comments

Anyone working on OER in GA??

I would be interested to find out if anyone is working on OER in Georgia? Is anyone in GA planning to prepare a grant proposal the money coming from the Department of Labor? Please share!

Added by Marisa Drexel on February 7, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

Open textbook Smarthistory Launches Kickstarter Campaign

Please watch our short video on Kickstarter

WHAT IS SMARTHISTORY? 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…


Added by Dr. Steven Zucker on January 29, 2011 at 6:37am — No Comments

Presentation/Webinar: How Revolutionary Are Open Textbooks?

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…

Added by Ken Ronkowitz on January 27, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

OER, Open Textbooks, and Innovation

In a recent blog posting from Cable Green, he posted a note on the new grant from the Dept. of Labor which is requiring an open license on all materials built for the grant,…

Added by Geoff Cain on January 22, 2011 at 1:47pm — No Comments

Presentation at Middlesex County College (NJ)

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

My Site for OER and Open Textbook Resources

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

Open Education Resources - Free Math Textbooks

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.…


Added by Geoff Cain on January 13, 2011 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Share and Share alike: Finding and Authoring Open Textbooks

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.…


Added by Una Daly on January 8, 2011 at 1:42pm — No Comments

CCC Chancellor's Office seeks Intermediate Algebra OER

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…


Added by Judy Baker on January 6, 2011 at 7:06pm — No Comments

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

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