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The book titled “Counselling for Functional and Sustainable Education: A 21st Century Approach” is a maiden edition of Science and Education Development Institute (SEDInst) intended for student, neophyte and professional counsellors,…


Added by Francis Olawale Abulude on June 23, 2014 at 11:36am — No Comments

Open Education Conference 2012 – Beyond Content

The ninth International Open Ed Conference 2012 was held in Vancouver, British Columbia, from October 16 to 18. This conference brings together many of the thought leaders and practitioners in the open education movement from around the world to report on progress, compare notes, and collaborate.  This year’s conference got off to a rousing start as the Honorable John Yap, Minister of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology for British…


Added by Charles Key on October 26, 2012 at 12:01pm — No Comments

Mentor Cloud and Open Doors Group / College Open Textbooks Partner to Facilitate Sharing Best Practices


Mentor Cloud and Open Doors Group / College Open Textbooks Partner to

Facilitate Sharing Best Practices 

New Community to Share Best Practices and Facilitate Mentoring in the Open Education Community…


Added by Jacky Hood on January 26, 2012 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Flat World Knowledge Offers New Criminal Justice OER Textbook

Although criminal justice courses are popular and well-enrolled, especially in Community Colleges, there is a definite lack of OER resources in this area.  My frustration with the cost of textbooks and dearth of criminal justice open resources inspired me to join the College Open Textbooks Community.  It didn't take me long to notice Flat World Knowledge, one of the recognized publishers of college-level open textbooks.  After checking the Flat World Knowledge catalog, I adopted one of their…


Added by Lisa Storm on January 26, 2012 at 1:40pm — 3 Comments

Using Open Courseware to receive credit for learning documented in an e-portfolio

Ellen Marie Murphy, Director of Online Curriculum from SUNY Empire State College is doing some research regarding the credentialing possibilities that exist for individuals who wish to receive credit

for learning they achieve using OpenCourseWare.

For those who are not familiar with OpenCourseWare, here is a link tothe OpenCourseWare Consortium.

Ellen would like you to take just a minute or so to answer…


Added by Una Daly on December 22, 2011 at 10:47am — No Comments

Washington State Open Course Library hits 10,000 visitors in 11 Days

Tom Caswell, Program Manager for the Open Course Library, reported 10, 000 visitors to their site since its official launch of the first 42 courses on October 31, 2011.   He sums up the project which will contain 81 open courses targeted at the highest-enrolled general education classes for lower division…


Added by Una Daly on November 11, 2011 at 9:38am — No Comments

COT Adopter Community Grant Awards Announcement

It is with great pleasure that I announce the 8 winners of our Adopter Communities’ Small Grant program.   Each community proposed an outstanding project that uses open textbooks or open educational resources to improve teaching and learning for their students.    Disciplines ranged from the highly enrolled general education subjects of Chemistry, Physics, and Math to American Government and Developmental Reading & Composition.  Professional and career disciplines were also represented…


Added by Una Daly on November 2, 2011 at 7:19am — No Comments

Invitation to Join in Two Surveys

Make sure your students’, faculties’, and administrators’ voices are heard!  The Florida Distance Learning Consortium will administer two surveys. One is for college and university students on textbooks, open textbooks, and OpenCourseWare (OCW). The other survey is for faculty and administrators on digital textbooks, open textbooks, open educational resources (OERs), and OCW. These will be administered to all of Florida’s 28 public colleges and 11 state universities. This is our…


Added by Robin Donaldson on October 31, 2011 at 1:51pm — No Comments

Don't miss ISKME's Big Idea Fest - Dec 4-7, 2011 in Half Moon Bay, CA

The Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education



Added by Sharyn Fitzpatrick on October 30, 2011 at 2:27pm — No Comments

UNESCO Launches Global Open Access Platform - Live Stream Event - 11/1/11

 Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO will be officiating the launch of “Global Open Access Platform” (usually called the Global Open Access Portal) along with the launch of the UNESCO OER Platform, the re-designed Open Training Platform, and the OER policy Guidelines. The Launch is scheduled for November 1, 2011 at 6:30pm Paris time (GMT-1) and 10:30 am PDT and will be live-streamed in:

English - mms://…


Added by Sharyn Fitzpatrick on October 30, 2011 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Notes from Open Ed Keynote by Martha Kanterand Jim Shelton, U.S. Department of Education

Thanks to Ruth Suehle, writer and editor in Brand Communications + Design at Red Hat for the notes.  I was busy finishing my slides for 11:30 presentation on College Open Textbooks' Adopter Communities during the keynote but I was listening :-)!…


Added by Una Daly on October 25, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Culture of Sharing in Education Needs Encouragement

Academic technologist, Javier Atenas, points out that the culture of sharing in education is still in its early stages.  Without encouragement to produce and reuse open educational resources, many academics do not naturally share.   Some potential barriers may be the perceived loss of control with sharing the results of many hours of hard work and secondarily there may be a worry that other academics will criticize their educational materials.  Showing academics the OER repositories to search… Continue

Added by Una Daly on October 17, 2011 at 5:10pm — No Comments

Building Custom Textbooks with Open Source and Copyrighted Materials

Interesting article from the Chronicle of Higher Education summarizing different options for cheaply building your own textbook which can include both open source and copyrighted materials.

Added by Una Daly on October 13, 2011 at 8:04am — No Comments

Collaborative Statistics open textbook now available as digitally enhanced eBook for iPad

"The 20 Million Minds Foundation (20MM Foundation) announced a new digitally enhanced etextbook for college students based on open content. The non-profit has set its sight on producing open source etextbooks for the top 25 courses taken by undergraduates in the nation, with general statistics being one of largest of such courses.

Starting today, Collaborative Statistics 2nd Edition is now available and provides students with an interactive experience using videos, applets, graphics,…


Added by Una Daly on October 10, 2011 at 1:33pm — No Comments

AUPress Research Indicates Open Access Increases Readership

Athabasca University Press conducted research on how open access effects readership, print sales, and citations of articles and texts comparing their open access university press with three other traditional Canadian university presses.  No significant impact was shown on print sales for open access vs. copyrighted materials but significantly greater readership and citations of open access materials was found.



Added by Una Daly on October 4, 2011 at 11:35am — No Comments

Call for Proposals: Text and Academic Association 2012 Conference!

Don't miss the opportunity to share your expertise on Academic and Textbook Authoring.  Submit a proposal to TAA and you could be a speaker at their 2012 Conference.

Academic & Textbook Authoring—Evolving Arts is the theme of the…


Added by Sharyn Fitzpatrick on September 29, 2011 at 1:22pm — No Comments

Florida's Orange Grove Text Plus Grows Its Shelf of Open Textbooks

Through the innovative partnership between Florida Distance Learning and the University of Florida Press, a growing number of open access textbooks are being created and reused in the classroom.  Last spring, the first in a series of three open calculus textbooks were tested in the classroom with 1600 students in Florida.  It is now available for anyone to download and the second and third textbooks will be available in spring 2012. 


In addition, American Government and…


Added by Una Daly on September 28, 2011 at 12:32pm — No Comments

Florida's Orange Grove Repository posts Open Textbook video on You Tube

In response to the high cost of college textbooks, Florida's statewide Orange Grove Repository established a unique partnership with the University Press of Florida in 2009 to form Orange Grove Texts Plus (OGT+). Through OGT+, all students have access to their instructional materials in the format that they choose and on the device that they select.  Watch the video ...…


Added by Una Daly on September 20, 2011 at 12:13pm — No Comments

Project Gutenberg Founder and "Open" eBook Inventor Passes Away


Michael S. Hart invented the e-Book in 1971 when he typed in the text of the Declaration of Independence in a computer lab at the University of Illinois where he was a student.   For the next 40 years, Hart dedicated his life to the digitization and distribution of historical documents and literature in the process founding Project Gutenberg.   He passed away this last week at the age of 64.


Today Project Gutenberg, houses over 36,000 items in 60 languages.  The goal…


Added by Una Daly on September 14, 2011 at 4:23pm — No Comments

DEADLINE TO APPLY EXTENDED TO 9/26 -College Open Textbooks Adopter Communities Small Grant Program

College Open Textbooks (COT) is pleased to announce the Adopter Communities Small Grant program.  The program will award small grants for research and related activities associated with the process of adopting open textbooks and aligned with the mission and goals of COT.  Applicants may request funds for such activities… Continue

Added by Sharyn Fitzpatrick on September 14, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

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