Digital Textbooks: The Next Paradigm Shift in Higher Education? http://www.editlib.org/p/27054
Archive for August, 2009
Today’s Inside Higher Ed news features an interview with Curtis J. Bonk, author of The World Is Open: How Web Technology is Revolutionizing Education. See http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2009/08/25/bonk
In case you missed the 2009 Open Ed Conference held in Vancouver earlier this month, the next best thing may just be this video summary, courtesy of Creative Commons ccLearn.
The video includes interviews with noteworthy persons in the open education movement as they shared their thoughts on the following:
2. Why do you love Vancouver?
3. What is your favorite open education project?
4. Why do you love open educational resources (OER)?
5. Define OER
“This video is open via CC BY, including the soundtrack which is the album Ambient Pills by Zeropage, available at Jamendo (http://www.jamendo.com/en/album/2843).“
Book Sprints “describes how to carry out collaborative authoring in a short time with the express goal of having a publishable book at the end. The Book Sprint concept was devised by Tomas Krag. Tomas conceived of book production as a collaborative activity involving substantial donations of volunteer time.”
Did you know that you can use Google’s Advanced Search to find open educational resources ? If you want learning content that is open and available for use and reuse, follow these steps:
1. Go to Google
2. Click on Advanced Search
3. Click on “date, usage rights, numeric range, and more”
4. Click on the dropdown menu next to “Usage rights”
5. Select the Usage right you desire
6. Type in your search terms
7. Be sure to read the fine print about acceptable usage (open license) of any content before you use it
For details about this feature of Google Advance Search, see http://www.google.com/support/websearch/bin/answer.py?answer=29508
Also, use Google’s Advanced Image Search to find videos or images you can reuse, share, or modify.
On August 13th, Google announced that authors can now use Google Books to distribute their Creative Commons licensed work. Authors benefit from using a CC license because it allows them to distribute their work more widely and clearly communicate how they want the content to be used and shared. Readers who download these books can use the work in ways specified by the license such as giving proper credit to the author on any remixes or further public distributions.
To date, nine open-access books are available for download from Google Books:
55 Ways to Have Fun with Google by Lenssen
Blown to Bits by Abelson, Ledeen & Lewis
Bound by Law? by Aoki, Boyle & Jenkins
Code: Version 2 by Lessig
Democratizing Innovation by von Hippel
Federal Budget Deficits: America’s great consumption binge by Courant & Gramlich
The Future of the Internet — And How to Stop It by Zittrain
Little Brother by Doctorow
A World’s Fair for the Global Village by Malamud
Consider adding your own textbook to this list!
In July 2009, Trustees of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation approved an award to the Foothill-De Anza Community College District (Los Altos Hills, CA) to manage the Community College Open Textbook Collaborative ($1.5 million) over 2 years.
The FHDA Aug 10th press release states:
INITIATIVE FOCUSES ON EXPANDING FREE ONLINE TEXTBOOKS
Open textbooks gain ground as economical, educational alternative
With community college enrollments and textbook prices on the rise, a U.S. and Canadian consortium of community colleges this week announced plans to expand a free digital textbook initiative with $1.5 million in funding from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
“This grant comes at an opportune time,” said Mike Brandy, chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, which is leading the collaborative. “It coincides with the growing interest in open educational resources, such as President Obama’s proposal to invest $500 million over the next decade in developing free high school and college courses. Open textbooks are moving into the mainstream as financially distressed states such as California look to free digital textbooks to reduce the cost of public education.”
The grant from The Hewlett Foundation will support a campaign to raise awareness about open textbooks among community college instructors and students and increase the number of free, high-quality digital textbooks available online for community college courses with the highest enrollments.
The Hewlett Foundation has been a global leader in funding open educational resources, which are digital learning materials that are freely available to anyone with Internet access. The Foothill-De Anza Community College District is located in Silicon Valley and educates more than 44,000 students annually at two colleges, Foothill College and De Anza College. The Hewlett board awarded the two-year grant on July 20 and notified the district of the award on Aug. 3.