Today, an essay was posted to the Publius Project on "A Brief Overview of Public Policy on OER from California Community Colleges to the Obama Administration
" authored by Carolina Rossini and Erhardt Graeff of the Berkman Center at Harvard University.
Excerpt from the essay: "OER encourages and enables the open production, sharing of, and access to educational content and resources. This alone is a valuable societal good,… Continue
Added by Judy Baker on October 1, 2009 at 10:00am —
The Orange Grove, Florida's K20 digital repository and the University Press of Florida have teamed up to created Text Plus an open textbook repository. I thought this was important work even before they vetted and accepted Smarthistory.org
—now I think they're brilliant.
Added by Dr. Steven Zucker on September 29, 2009 at 5:32pm —
Info about Senator Durbin's Legislation to Make College Textbooks More Affordable posted on Cable Green's blog
Added by Judy Baker on September 28, 2009 at 10:07pm —
ECS.org Clearinghouse provides this helpful summary if state policies and intiatives, titled: 'State Initiatives Regarding Electronic or Open Source Textbooks
' By Noe M. Cisneros, September 2009.
Added by Judy Baker on September 28, 2009 at 9:30pm —
A campus bookstore website
links students to free textbooks used in Queen’s University courses. Find out details from Jeff Young’s article “College Bookstores Hope to Turn Their Web Sites Into E-Book Portals
” in The Wired Campus.
Added by Judy Baker on September 26, 2009 at 10:17pm —
Inside Higher Ed
describes Orange Grove Texts Plus
in a recent article: Free, But at What Cost?
Scroll to bottom to see comments about the article posted by CCOT Collaborative Program Director, Jacky Hood.
As reported by The Orange Grove
, the 2009 Florida Legislature requested (HB 7121 or SB 844) that an Open… Continue
Added by Judy Baker on September 26, 2009 at 3:40pm —
Our institution has begun initial exploration into the provision of open textbooks and other OER for some of our courses. During this initial exploration, the bookstore (Follett), has raised a question as to what the institution's overall strategy is with regards to Open Textbooks. I'd like to know from others what types of strategies they have used within their own institution with regards to adoption and deployment of open textbooks as well as success stories (or failure stories) of working… Continue
Added by Kara Monroe on September 23, 2009 at 11:34am —
Stay up-to-date with open educational resources news and issues at the OER Consortium Blog
, OER Center Twitter
, and educ8ter Twitter
Added by Judy Baker on September 16, 2009 at 12:32pm —
Find out how one educator uses reading methodologies and techniques to improve online text comprehension. In his recent blog, Towards More Effective Online Reading
, Willy Kjellstrom describes his exploration of how to use a tool like The Awesome Highlighter
’s highlighting and notes feature,… Continue
Added by Judy Baker on September 14, 2009 at 9:23pm —
In the past few months, more than 30 open textbooks have been peer-reviewed by an outstanding group of professors, instructors, and other experts. Most of these reviewers exceeded our requirement that a reviewer have taught the subject for a minimum of one year at the college level. Many have taught for decades and several have doctorates and full professorships. The reviewers rated every chapter in each book on our 11 criteria and wrote summaries. Some even improved the open textbooks and most… Continue
Added by Jacky Hood on September 11, 2009 at 11:57pm —
Presentation titled "Dispelling Myths about Open Textbooks" at OpenEd 2009 by Presenter: Barbara Illowsky, Professor, Mathematics & Statistics , De Anza College
Jacky Hood, Project Director, Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources, Foothill-De Anza Community College District
See video: http://openedconference.org/archives/384
Added by Judy Baker on September 11, 2009 at 9:16pm —
For a free and quick lesson about eBooks
, visit: http://bit.ly/aFC3Y
Many other lessons about technology, computer, and software are provided for free by Hewlett-Packard at their Learning Center
Added by Judy Baker on August 25, 2009 at 12:39pm —
Did you know that you can use Google’s Advanced Search
to find open educational resources ? If you want learning content that is open and available for use and reuse, follow these steps:
1. Go to Google
2. Click on Advanced Search
3. Click on “date, usage rights, numeric range, and more”
4. Click on the dropdown menu next to “Usage rights”
5. Select the Usage right you desire
6. Type in your search terms
7. Be… Continue
Added by Judy Baker on August 23, 2009 at 8:27pm —
Read free books on your Kindle
. Find out how at http://bit.ly/LleXE
Added by Judy Baker on August 23, 2009 at 8:25pm —
Educators seeking images for slideshow presentations can now find Creative Commons open licensed photos using Google, Picasa and Flickr.
allows advanced search for open licensed photos - screenshot at http://www.k12opened.com/blog/archives/177
allows search for photos w/ Creative Commons license - for screenshot, see… Continue
Added by Judy Baker on August 23, 2009 at 8:23pm —
On August 13th, Google announced
that authors can now use Google Books
to distribute their Creative Commons
licensed work. Authors benefit from using a CC license because it allows them to distribute their work more widely and clearly communicate how they… Continue
Added by Judy Baker on August 23, 2009 at 8:10pm —
Hewlett Awards Open Textbook Grant
In July 2009, Trustees of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation approved an award to the Foothill-De Anza Community College District (Los Altos Hills, CA) to manage the Community College Open Textbook Collaborative ($1.5 million) over 2 years.
The Foothill-De Anza Community College District's Aug 10th… Continue
Added by Judy Baker on August 23, 2009 at 8:07pm —
Anya Kamenetz has a great new article in Fast Company, "Who Needs Harvard?"
, where she argues many of the same points in my recent post on Free Education
: "Free online courses, Wiki universities, Facebook-style tutoring networks--American higher education is being transformed by a cadre of Web-savvy edupunks."… Continue
Added by Tutorpedia on August 12, 2009 at 10:54pm —
It is a concern to many who have accomplished the task of becoming bilingual because they had the opportunity to learn a foreign language in school at the same time the native language was developed, that the present generation would not have the same or better curriculums that will promote the learning of foreign languages at a time when the population of the entire world is in need to understand each other and the different cultures in the globe.
Added by Silvia T. Pulido on August 8, 2009 at 2:57pm —
Matthew Williams shares his perspective on the use of textbooks for writing instruction on his blog
. His major points include:
"Writing manuals and how-to textbooks devalue the role and integrity of the composition instructor."
"Textbooks remove the most important element of learning from the equation: the student."
Added by Judy Baker on August 4, 2009 at 5:56pm —