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Oct 2 Free webinar: Libraries Leading the Way with Open Courses, OER, and Open Policy ...

The Community College Consortium for OER is hosting a webinar tomorrow (Oct 2, noon U.S. Pacific Time) focused on how Libraries are Leading the Way.  Please join us and share the link with colleagues:

Please join the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) on Wed, Oct 2, noon Pacific (3:00 pm EST) for a free, open…


Added by Una Daly on October 1, 2013 at 9:34am — No 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

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

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

New Creative Commons' publication "The Power of Open": free download

Creative Commons has published a new open book, "The Power of Open" with an introduction by Cathy Casserly, CEO and Joi Ito, Chair of Creative Commons.  It explains the history and derivation of all the creative common open licenses and shares dozens of inspiring stories about creative people sharing their work from education to music to art, etc ...

Visit to download a digital version of The Power of Open or to find…


Added by Una Daly on July 28, 2011 at 3:20pm — No 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

California State University Report Warns About Google Apps Accessibility

California State University Report Warns About Google Apps Accessibility


Peter Mosinskis, information-technology project supervisor at California State University-Channel Islands, led the research, which looked specifically into Gmail Chat, Google Calendar, Google Sites, and Google Docs. Some 10 professional and student volunteers from California State University took part in the testing process, which began in January, and evaluated the range of apps for interface…


Added by Una Daly on June 24, 2011 at 10:20am — No Comments

Federal Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) Commission Early Recommendations available in June

Subject: [ITACCESS] Federal Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) Commission


Hi, All – I recently posted a note the EDUCAUSE Washington Update ( on the U.S. Department of Education’s Advisory Commission on Accessible Instructional Materials in…


Added by Una Daly on May 26, 2011 at 3:37pm — 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

OER Democratizes Education

An insightful post from J Reynolds Community College in Virginia regarding OER and the way it breaks down barriers to learning ...


"In a recent post, English Professor Miles McCrimmon discussed the ways in which Open Educational Resources (OERs) are impacting the traditional approaches to and soaring costs of textbooks in education. Along those same lines, I've been thinking about…


Added by Una Daly on March 8, 2011 at 11:00am — 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

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