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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…
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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…Continue
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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…Continue
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:
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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.
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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…Continue
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WHAT IS SMARTHISTORY?
Smarthistory.org 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…
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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.
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