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The Price is Right: 11 Excellent Sites for Free Digital Textbooks

This article in cites a recently released research report from Educause, Internet2, and McGraw-Hill, which examined the value of digital materials in higher ed.

"Faculty and students were both clear and consistent in their criteria for adopting digital course material," the report's authors wrote. Little surprise: The…


Added by Ken Ronkowitz on August 16, 2013 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

SAP's Co-Founder Dr Plattner to teach Online

My old boss at SAP Labs will be teaching an online course.  Online teaching is exploding. I will definitely take a look at this course.

" SAP Co-founder Plattner to Teach Online Course on In-memory Computing"

- Glenda Clark




Added by Glenda Clark on August 14, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Google selling textbooks

Google has started selling textbooks through Play store

Added by Ken Ronkowitz on August 13, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

Another "Article 4 the Day" for the Team to consider :-)

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MOOCs Eat Stanford! Harvard Closes!

Given how quickly MOOCs are evolving—and how much hype surrounds them—we all need to pay more…


Added by Mike Pouraryan on August 11, 2013 at 10:27pm — No Comments

More about MOOCs from EDUCAUSE

Seven things you should know about MOOCs -- from EDUCAUSE

July 30 -Aug 1, EDUCAUSE provided three interactive webinars about MOOCs. You can download the archives and other materials.

Day 1 - IT as a force for Change

Day 2 -…


Added by Open Doors Group on August 6, 2013 at 9:21am — 1 Comment

Open Guide to Project Management Certification now available

We are delighted to announce that Version 1 of the Open Guide for Project Management Certification (OGPMC) has been released. The link is on

This is a great day. A million thanks to the creators of this book:

Lalit Sabnani

Equbay Kiflay

Rekha Raman



Added by Open Doors Group on August 2, 2013 at 8:46am — No Comments

Google Jumps into the Textbook Rental Business

Google announced earlier this week that it will soon begin to rent textbooks through Google Play at up to 80% below the purchase price (see this article from the LA Times.) The service will include texts from the major commercial publishers and compete with Amazon's similar service.

While rental schemes can certainly lower the immediate cost of taking a…


Added by Charles Key on July 27, 2013 at 1:33pm — No Comments

Educators are urged to join KQED Do Now working group

Here is a message from Matt Williams about the KQED Do Now working group:

Dear educator,

Join the KQED Do Now working group for this Fall and get your students to participate in a national debate about topical issues using Twitter.

KQED Public Media in the Bay Area is looking for highly engaged teachers who are interested in trying some innovative pedagogical approaches to learning to become part of the KQED Do Now online working group.



Added by Jacky Hood on July 23, 2013 at 12:05pm — No Comments

Apple Found Guilty of E-Book Price Fixing

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A federal judge has found Apple guilty of violating United States antitrust laws and colluding with five book publishing companies to inflate e-book prices. Because Apple was found guilty of violating U.S. antitrust laws, 33 state attorneys general will now take the company to trial to recover…


Added by Ken Ronkowitz on July 10, 2013 at 4:03pm — No Comments

Don't Forget K-12

Mainstream article from USA TODAY on phasing out of the paper textbook reminds us to consider the K-12 use of textbooks too.

"Textbook sales, for both higher education and K-12, will reach an estimated $13.7 billion in the U.S. this year, according to Outsell, a research firm."

Steve Jobs had his eye on textbooks and said the industry was  "ripe for digital destruction"…


Added by Ken Ronkowitz on July 9, 2013 at 5:34am — No Comments

Two special Open Doors Group events this week

Open Doors Group is proud to remind the entire Community of two special events this week:

Wednesday June 19 at 12 Noon Pacific time: ODG-COT Collaborative Showcase including presentations by the following Collaborative members:

  • Academic…

Added by Open Doors Group on June 16, 2013 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

Report Released by U.S. GAO says pricing information does not change faculty textbooks decisions

This just-released report from the U.S. General Accounting Office entitled COLLEGE TEXTBOOKS: Students Have Greater Access to Textbook Information begins with this statement "Publishers included in GAO’s study have disclosed textbook information required by the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) , such as pricing and format options , and made components of bundled materials available individually, but stakeholders GAO interviewed said these practices have had little effect on faculty…


Added by Open Doors Group on June 15, 2013 at 11:19am — No Comments

ODG and Link-Systems Int. propose online sharing of student services program be implemented in CA

ODG-COT announces that @One has chosen a proposal made by ODG-COT and Link-Systems International for a Round Table at the Online Teaching Conference (OTC) at Long Beach City College June 19-21, 2013.

Read Press Release to learn more about this event:…


Added by Rekha Raman on June 13, 2013 at 11:19pm — No Comments

Publishers Offer Free Textbooks for MOOCs

Publishers are now offering free books for MOOCs…


Added by Glenda Clark on June 12, 2013 at 6:17am — No Comments

Open Doors Group is seeking volunteer staff for its upcoming MOOCs

Open Doors Group is seeking volunteer staff for its upcoming Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).

Benefits to volunteers include MOOC experience, learning the popular Canvas Learning Management System (LMS), networking with educators and others, possible academic paper, references, and more.

We are testing an interesting MOOC freemium business model: provide the courses at no charge and sell the very affordable textbooks.

The classes are in the autumn and work is already…


Added by Open Doors Group on June 11, 2013 at 8:04am — No Comments

On the Front Lines of On-Line Education

The Wall Street Journal has published an opinion piece by Andy Kessler titled "Professors are About to Get an Online Education: Georgia Tech's new Internet master's degree in computer science is the future."  The subtitle refers to GT's new degree program wherein one can get a master's degree in computer science, completely online, and for a fraction of the cost…


Added by Charles Key on June 3, 2013 at 5:15pm — No Comments

ODG is seeking a volunteer program manager for our MOOCs


Added by Jacky Hood on June 1, 2013 at 3:28pm — No Comments

Coursera Collaborating with Publishers to Bring More Affordable, Accessible Educational Resources 

From MOOC provider Coursera, comes this news - Any reactions?

Today, we’re excited to announce that we’re taking the next big step toward that mission by working with many of the top higher education publishers. This collaboration will expand…


Added by Ken Ronkowitz on May 24, 2013 at 8:10pm — No Comments

B.C. makes free online textbooks available The British Columbia (B.C.) government said it will make available up to 20 free and open online textbooks for some of the most popular first- and second-year university and college courses... it has committed $1 million to fund the venture.

BCcampus, the provincial agency overseeing the project, is rolling it out in phases. It recently released a list of the…


Added by Ken Ronkowitz on May 24, 2013 at 10:54am — 1 Comment

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