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Find, Author, and Share Open Textbooks

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Course organiser: Una Daly
About the Course Organiser: 

I am the Associate Director of College Open Textbook Collaborative and an adjunct instructor in Computer Technology and Infomation Systems at Foothill College.    Our mission at the Collaborative is to increase awareness of open educational resources and empower faculty find, create, and share their own resources to improve the learning outcomes of their students regardless of their ability to pay.  We have offered this course on multiple platforms before and are very pleased to work with P2PU to make this course more widely available to educators and learners globally.

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Can use of OER empower educators to share materials and improve the outcomes for their learners?


At a time when commercial textbook prices are soaring and a fundamental shift in the way we access and create information has occurred, why not consider using or authoring an open textbook?  Open licensing means that you can freely incorporate open resources into a textbook that meets the needs of learners in your course and provide re-usable resources for other educators.

In this course, we will learn together how to find high-quality open textbooks and open educational resources and adapt them for re-use.   We will explore different authoring and hosting platforms such as Connexions, Wikibooks, Wikieducator, LeMill, and iTunes University while ensuring that students with learning disabilities and mobile devices can also access materials.     Open Licensing models will be a key component of the course as we gain understanding about what can be freely used, copied, modified and how we can make our materials available for re-use.

The use of weekly discussion forums and our community meetings will be the primary way to connect with each other around the course learning objectives as we share our insights and tribulations with others in the class.   You will develop an OER project in a small team and work asynchronously on this throughout the six week course.

Several guest speakers from the OER community will join us during the community meetings sharing their experiences and answering questions for those who are starting on their journey with open textbooks and open educational resources.

Learning objectives

1.  Understand the definition of open  educational resources and textbooks and be able to articulate the benefits for learners, educators, and institutions.

2.  Search for open textbooks or open educational resources based on a course outline, find peer and accessibility reviews, and evaluate overall suitability for use in an online or traditional classroom. Understand the necessary steps to adopt an open textbook for a course in your learning environment.

3.  Understand how the different open licensing options work.  Determine the best license to use for revising or remixing open educational resources or textbooks at your learning institution.   Determine if open educational resources appear to have accessibility problems that may impact learners with disabilities.

4.  Evaluate different open authoring platforms and select the best one for developing an open textbook or educational resource in your learning environment.

5.  Evaluate different online communities for sharing and supporting open educational resource development.    Be able to articulate the benefits and liabilities of several platforms.

6.  Share the OER resources or research that your team created with the course participants using a collaborative tool.  Provide constructive feedback to other course teams on their project.



Hello: I am Devendra, and I

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Devendra Shah
Sat, 2011-01-22 21:27

I am Devendra, and I facilitate, on part-time basis, instructions in 2-year college level courses in accounting, at various campuses of Houston Community College, locally in Houston area in Texas State, since 2000.

For this course, I would like to understand and find open textbooks and open educational resources, determine their cost to students, comprehend mechanism to keep the materials up-to-date and evaluate student’s learning.

Looking forward to knowing each of you,

Devendra Shah

Has a date/time been set for

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Lisa Jackson
Tue, 2011-01-25 19:07

Has a date/time been set for the virtual course orientation?

Thanks for the question Lisa,

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Una Daly
Tue, 2011-01-25 19:42

Thanks for the question Lisa, first orientation will be Thursday, 4:00pm PST. We will be holding a second one next week. Please read the message at the link below for more details about that.

Hi, my name is Margaret

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Margaret "Peggy" ...
Tue, 2011-01-25 21:23

Hi, my name is Margaret "Peggy" Ellington, and I am an associate professor of English at Georgia Southwestern State University. Besides teaching undergrads, I've just been notified that a new Masters of English w/focus on Critical Literacies has been approved. Since I conceived and shepherded this project through our Board of Regents and SACs, I've been named director. I'm interested in learning more about Open Textbooks because textbooks in this field are few--the literacies are changing and expanding almost daily. I need help with this project.

Hi, My name is chika sehoole

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Chika Sehoole
Fri, 2011-01-28 16:41

Hi, My name is chika sehoole from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. I am a new kid on the block, late registration. I am interested in the use of OER particularly in developing an electronic textbook. Am looking forward to the course.

Welcome Chika and sorry for

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Una Daly
Mon, 2011-01-31 20:25

Welcome Chika and sorry for the delay in responding to your message. We are very pleased to have you join us and I believe that you and James will be joining Jane Day on the Higher Education Internationalization team project. Please add a picture of yourself or a logo for your university to your profile page so everyone can follow your forum posts.

Please let me know if you have questions.

Una Daly

Hi, My name is James Otieno

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James Jowi
Mon, 2011-01-31 10:30

Hi, My name is James Otieno Jowi and I am the Executive Director of the African Network for Internationalization of Education (ANIE).Myself and ANIE are interested in OERs and we have already started on some steps on utilization of OER for sharing and utilization of resources within our network. I very much look forward to this course though I am joining late...but I will go through the proceedings of last week. Thanks

Welcome James! You are

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Una Daly
Mon, 2011-01-31 20:06

Welcome James! You are joining right on time in our first week as we kick off the the team projects. We are very pleased to have you and your colleague, Chika Sehoole join us in this course. Please add a picture of yourself or logo for ANIE if you prefer to your profile page so others can easily follow your forum posts.

I believe that you are joining Jane Day and Claver Hategima on the team project of Internationalizing Higher Education in Africa.

Best Regards,

nice post, I am joining

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SEO Service
Sat, 2011-03-12 06:07

nice post, I am joining late...but I will go through the proceedings of last week. Thanks