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BC Canada Open Textbook Project

discovered via twitter

In October 2012, the BC Ministry of Advanced Education announced its support for the creation of open textbooks for the 40 highest enrolled first and second year subject areas in the province’s public post-secondary system. BCcampus is tasked with co-ordination of the project because of our 10-year experience with the Online Program Development Fund.

The goal of the Open Textbook Project is to provide flexible and affordable access to higher…


Added by Ken Ronkowitz on March 3, 2014 at 7:30am — 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

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

Open Education Is Transforming the Way We Learn: Ray Schroeder Speaks to

Dr. Ray Schroeder, Professor Emeritus of Communication and the founding director of the Center for Online Learning, Research and Service at the University of Illinois at Springfield describes the three major forces coming together to promote open online educational resources:




Read this…


Added by Una Daly on July 5, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Remixing OER? Check out this online creative commons license wizard

Thanks to Graham Atwell


Need some help figuring out which open license to use for publishing your new or revised open textbook.  Here is an online wizard to help you blend creative commons licenses from JISC and web2rights.

Added by Una Daly on June 28, 2011 at 4:12pm — No Comments

Web Writing Style Guide Version 1.0 Available in HTML, PDF, and EPUB

During April and May, as part of Collaborvention 2011: A Computers and Writing Unconference, Writing Spaces hosted an online writing sprint to produce an open textbook for undergraduate writers: Web Writing Style Guide Version 1.0. The HTML version was published at the end of the writing…


Added by Charlie Lowe on June 22, 2011 at 8:00pm — 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

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

Produce, Publish and Distribute a Textbook

In January 2010, Leigh Blackall posted a blog on "How to produce, publish and distribute a textbook these days." His blog posting describes the steps he employed for textbooks at Otago Polytechnic.

Added by Judy Baker on March 6, 2010 at 7:03pm — No Comments

CCOTC Posts Reviews of Economics and Marketing Textbooks

Lisa Verissimo-Bates reviewed “Principles of Microeconomics” by Libby Rittenberg and Timothy Tregarthen. She wrote in her review, “It is well organized and written, and targets the survey student.” Lisa plans to adopt the textbook for her


Jonathan Harden Sr. reviewed “Core Concepts of Marketing”, by John Burnett. In is review he wrote, “I highly recommend… Continue

Added by Bill Buxton on March 4, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Apply Learning Theory for Online Course Textbook Selection

In his December 2009 JOLT article titled "Application of Contemporary Learning Theory to Online Course Textbook Selection," Mission College accounting instructor Gregory Mostyn offers suggestions "to improve online learning outcomes while simultaneously containing institutional and student costs. This may be particularly useful at the community college level, where the majority of online classes are offered and student… Continue

Added by Judy Baker on January 15, 2010 at 12:02pm — No Comments

CA Community Colleges Chancellor's Office Textbook Affordability Initiative

Find out details about the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office Textbook Affordability Initiative.

Information includes:

* Chancellor’s letter to Presidents re Textbook Affordability

* Recommendations to Reduce Textbook Costs and Promote Student Access and Success

* Summits and Presentations

* Legislation and… Continue

Added by Judy Baker on January 13, 2010 at 10:26pm — No Comments

How to write Your Own Open Textbook

Interested in writing your own open textbook? Take a look at today's blog posting by Leigh Blackall that tells how to use WikiEducator and Lulu to make it happen - "How to produce, publish and distribute a textbook these days"

Added by Judy Baker on January 13, 2010 at 4:20pm — No Comments

"Evaluating and Choosing Textbooks" by M.E. Lepionka

In her paper titled "Evaluating and Choosing Textbooks," Mary Ellen Lepionka offers offers many insights into textbook adoption. She is the author of Writing and Developing Your College Textbook, 2nd Edition (Atlantic Path Publishing, 2008) and Writing and Developing College Textbook Supplements (Atlantic Path Publishing, 2005). She also conducts workshops on academic… Continue

Added by Judy Baker on January 1, 2010 at 6:24pm — No Comments

More Chemistry and BusinessTextbook Reviews Added to CCOTC Database

CCOTC added three more textbooks reviews to their continuously growing database. They are: "Getting Started: Stuff You Should Know Before Delving Too Far into Chemistry" (2009) by Stephen Lower, “Concept Development Studies in Chemistry" (2007) by John S. Hutchinson, and “Business Fundamentals" (2009) by Donald J McCubbrey. The three textbooks received high marks in all categories by the reviewers. Read theses and browse others at:… Continue

Added by Bill Buxton on December 2, 2009 at 3:13pm — No Comments

Recording: Perspectives on Open Textbooks from Two WA Faculty Authors

Webinar: Perspectives on Open Textbooks from Two WA Faculty Authors (11-18-09)

Part 1: “Open Textbooks from an Author's Perspective”

o Abstract: What motivates someone to write an open textbook? How much of the editorial and production process is within reach of… Continue

Added by Cable Green on November 21, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

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