David Wiley has a new post announcing the open textbook calculator. From the post:
Today we’ve released the first version of a calculator that provides an interactive way to explore the best case scenario under a very specific assumption – that you want to provide a printed book to every student.
Geoff Cain has a new post on commercial textbook reliability. From the post:
In my experience as a former manager for a commercial textbook publisher, their motivation was to bring a textbook to the market as quickly as possible, not ensure the quality.
Thanks to Mark R. Nelson for the link.
Several articles OEN has run discusses efforts of student Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs). A new article by Mariel Kennedy provides an overview. From the article:
…self-described as “a national network of non-profit, non-partisan student advocacy groups — respond to the high and rising costs of textbooks with the creation of the Make Textbooks Affordable Junior Advocate Program.
The 2011 EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative annual meeting is complete. Several of the presentations related to openness. These presentations include:
- Openness, Learning Analytics, and Continuous Quality Improvement
- Continuous Improvement in Teaching and Learning: The Open Learning Initiative
- The Open Textbook Puzzle
- How to Fix Copyright
- Open Education: Progress and Challenges
“opensourceway” has posted a short video by David Wiley about open textbooks. Note: Wiley is Chief Officer of Openness for the open textbook company Flat World Knowledge.
Anita Hamilton has written an article in Newsweek regarding the open textbook project in Washington state. From the post:
The true measure of Washington State’s initiative will be how willing other teachers are to adopt the new materials created by their colleagues and whether more students pass the classes in which they are being used. The first 42 courses, which are being tested and tweaked through June, will be available to Washington State’s entire community and technical college network in the fall.
Thanks to Open Course Library for the link.
Carolina Rossini, Vijay Kumar, Cable Green, Nicole Allen, and David Wiley will take part in an OER panel. The panel will be broadcast Tuesday, January 18 at 10am PST / 1pm EST.
Barbara Illowsky has posted slides of a presentation titled “How Open Licensing Improves Textbooks and Careers”.
Kenneth Leroy Busbee has a new post pointing to a student-created open textbook about word processing. From the post:
As a class project it encompasses service learning, team work, Open Educational Resources (OER) and writing across the curriculum exposures to their collegiate experiences.
John Spencer has a new post arguing that schools should embrace open source to prevent lock-in. From the post:
Quite simply examination vendors should be barred from being text book suppliers. Not only do they have an unfair advantage over their commercial rivals they completely undermine the use of free materials as the predominant source of school-knowledge.