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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

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

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

Slides and Archive are now posted for CCCOER OCW Announce Partnership Webinar from May 24

Thanks to all who came to the webinar on Tuesday and participated in the announcement of this promising new partnership between the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources and the Open Courseware Consortium.


Slides and Elluminate archive are now posted for this past…


Added by Una Daly on May 26, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Discover Open Textbooks Workshop at Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD)

Last Friday, I had the pleasure of giving a Discovering Open Textbooks workshop at the Los Angeles Trade Tech College with about 30-35 faculty and staff from LACCD.   Many faculty and staff were looking for affordable textbook solutions and were already seeking out open or free educational resources to incorporate into their classes.   Disciplines represented ranged from Art, English, Spanish, Labor, Chemistry, Oceanography, Business, Computer Applications, Career Planning, Music, Theater,…


Added by Una Daly on March 6, 2011 at 12:06am — 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

Open Education Resources - Free Math Textbooks

Cable Green was featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education in an article called "State of Washington to Offer Online Materials as Texts" by Martha Ann Overland. I loved the article because it promotes all of the things I am so excited about in education right now: free, openly licensed textbooks, open education resources, and the creation of communities that are creating freely accessible learning materials.…


Added by Geoff Cain on January 13, 2011 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Open Textbooks for Computer Sciences Presentation on Aug. 11th

Topic: Computer Sciences Instruction at Foothill College…


Added by Judy Baker on July 29, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Texas Gov Says Texas Should Move to Online Textbooks

The pace of adoption of new ways of doing things is often measured by the amount of involvement by government. There is an example of such involvement by Texas Governor Rick Perry in the Dallas Morning News, April 7, 2010. The Associated Press Article captured his comments at a computer gaming education conference in Texas.

Added by rod kirk on April 7, 2010 at 12:38pm — No Comments

US National Ed Tech Plan Embraces Open Textbooks

As noted by today's Creative Commons blog posting, the recently released United States Department of Education 2010 National Educational Technology Plan (pdf) embraces the use of open textbooks and open educational resources. The Plan cites the …


Added by Judy Baker on March 6, 2010 at 10:50am — No Comments

Flat World Knowledge & Bookshare Join to Make Open Textbooks Accessible

Flat World Knowledge & Bookshare have partnered to make open textbooks available in accessible formats. See the Press Release at

Added by Judy Baker on December 14, 2009 at 10:55am — No Comments

eTextbook Business Models under Study

JISC commissioned a study of eTextbooks business models. Several textbook publishers, e-book aggregator and universities are involved in piloting a range of business models for e-textbooks as part of the second phase of the Study on the Economic Impact of e-textbook Business Models.

Added by Judy Baker on December 5, 2009 at 9:30pm — No Comments

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