College Open Textbooks Community

Driving Awareness, Adoptions, and Affordability

All Blog Posts (374)

Announcing the publication of Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing, Vol 1

Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing, Volume 1, is now available for free download. This open textbook collection includes sixteen essays written for the first year composition classroom, all released under Creative Commons licenses, all written by writing teachers for students.

Topics in Volume 1 of the series include academic writing, how to interpret writing assignments, motives for writing, rhetorical analysis, revision, invention, writing centers, argumentation, narrative,… Continue

Added by Charlie Lowe on June 14, 2010 at 7:49am — No Comments

JALN Call for Papers for Special Issue on Open Educational Resources: June 15, 2010

The Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks invites submission of papers for a special issue focusing on Open Educational Resources (OERs). OERs are learning materials that are made publically available for free to be used, modified, and redistributed in original or modified form. Online education and Open Educational Resources are strongly interconnected developments that have both have been driven by the growth of connectivity and content on the Web. In addition, online education is a… Continue

Added by Jacky Hood on June 8, 2010 at 8:30pm — No Comments

How to choose the right "open" license from P2PU

Peer to Peer University (P2PU) documents their experience on how they chose the right open license for their education materials.

Added by Una Daly on June 1, 2010 at 10:01pm — No Comments

The Shift to Digital Pedagogy

I just watched this presentation:

On-demand Webinar

Facts, Hearsay and Hunches:

Business barometers worth watching

Join us for an informative webinar to learn about the latest business and technology trends that affect the educational publishing industry.…


Added by Scott Rains on May 18, 2010 at 1:55pm — 4 Comments

Lani Smith Completes Art and Computer Science Open Textbook Reviews

Lani Smith, Librarian/Adjunct Professor at Ohlone College just completed two open textbook reviews, giving them both high marks. They are "Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy", by Lawrence Lessig and… Continue

Added by Bill Buxton on May 14, 2010 at 2:32pm — No Comments

Using Creative Commons Licensed Material in Your Classroom

ProfHacker article in today's The Chronicle of Higher Education advocates Using Creative Commons Licensed Material in Your Classroom ( Lots of details missing in this article so add your own comments.

Added by Judy Baker on May 10, 2010 at 2:38pm — No Comments

NROC and the Dissapearing Government Student Aid Dollars

We found an interesting news piece published on the Inside Higher Ed website. You should go there and read all the details. Here is a brief summary. There was supposed to be about $500 million government dollars allocated for free online courses. For some reason it never made it into the student aid legislation that was associated with the health care bill. So, now maybe…


Added by rod kirk on April 30, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

CoPIRG and UC-Boulder Colorado Students Pushing for Open Textbooks

Every day I hear about more people in different areas of the US that are getting involved with trying to get away from the high costs of traditional textbooks and moving towards the Open Textbook model. Students at CU-Boulder (Colorado) are getting involved.

As reported on …


Added by rod kirk on April 29, 2010 at 12:49pm — 2 Comments

IRRODL - International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning

The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (IRRODL) is another organization that has interests that intersect with those of CCOTC. It is also works with Athabasca University who does the publishing for them.

As pointed out in their website…


Added by rod kirk on April 28, 2010 at 4:00pm — No Comments

CIDER - Quenching Canada's Thirst for Advancement of Education

Today we have another blog post to keep you all aware of other organizations that are committed to the areas of open learning, distance learning, and the concept of open textbooks.

CIDER is the Canadian Institute of Distance Education Research. It is the Centre for Distance Education research initiative at Athabasca University - Canada's Open…


Added by rod kirk on April 28, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Do you know about LON-CAPA?

LON-CAPA is an open source freeware distributed learning content management and assessment system supported by over a hundred various institutions worldwide. It was formed from two entities or concepts; LON (LearningOnline Network) and CAPA (Computer Assisted Personalized Approach). Its home and roots are at Michigan State University.…


Added by rod kirk on April 26, 2010 at 6:26pm — No Comments

Redirect from

<b>Notice:</b> You may have been redirected from as a result of network issues. There is no malware on the website, and our hosting provider is fixing the problem. Meanwhile, you may go to directly. Sorry for the inconvenience. Questions? Write

Added by Bill Buxton on April 25, 2010 at 8:59am — No Comments

Attencion! Collaborative Statistics Textbook - In Spanish -Coming Soon

The wheels of progress in Open Textbooks keep turning. The Barbara Illowsky and Susan Dean book titled Collaborative Statistics is being adopted for use in a Mexico University. Portions are being translated into Spanish. Her main focus is in the Homework and Problem sections.

Celine Armenta, at the…


Added by rod kirk on April 23, 2010 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Good Vibes from the Hewlett OER Grantees Meeting - April 2010

The Hewlett Foundation OER Grantees Meeting was held on April 16, 2010 at Yale University. Hal Plotkin, Senior Policy Advisor to Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter in the United States Department of Education, was a key speaker at this event. Looks like some very positive actions supportive of continuing the advancement of Open Textbooks and OER came about.…


Added by rod kirk on April 23, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments

TEDxNYED Video - Dr. David Wiley - Open Education and the Future

A TEDxNYED event was held in March in NYC. TEDx events fall under the umbrella of the TED non-profit Foundation that is well known for its conferences on ideas worth spreading.

At the TEDxNYED event,…


Added by rod kirk on April 21, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Digital Textbook Sales - Up, Up and Away!

A story on the SiliconIndia Website highlights some interesting projections for Digital Textbook sales for the next five years.

You can read all about the information behind their projections by going to



Added by rod kirk on April 20, 2010 at 8:00pm — No Comments

BU Study - OER Thoughts from the Online Health Education Sector

Online Health Higher Education is under the microscope in the UK. A study at the Bournemouth University (BU) in the UK by leading health experts focuses on the pros and cons of utilizing Open Educational Resources in delivering health higher education.

Dr. Heather Hartwell, Dr. Ann Hemingway, and Dr. Catherine Angell used the …


Added by rod kirk on April 20, 2010 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Open Education News Site Worth a Look

To get some other perspective on the subject of open education, Open Textbooks, and Online Education Resources, take a look at the Open Education News Site.

A description from their website....…


Added by rod kirk on April 17, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Informative "An Open Mind" Article by Katie Hafner in the NY Times

Katie Hafner has contributed a great article in the NY Times which covers lots of bases with respect to Online Education Resources.

To quote their summary..

"Putting free courseware online was a first step in reimagining education. What now? Wiki U’s, smart…


Added by rod kirk on April 17, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Textbook Writing Tutorial on the Edutech Wiki

In the mood to write a textbook? Maybe you can use this Textbook Writing Tutorial which we found on the Edutech Wike site to get you started.

The tutorial is work in progress and the…


Added by rod kirk on April 16, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Blog Topics by Tags

Monthly Archives









  • Add Photos
  • View All

© 2014   Created by Jacky Hood.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service