Archive for August, 2009

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Digital Textbooks as Paradigm Shift?

August 30, 2009

Digital Textbooks: The Next Paradigm Shift in Higher Education? http://www.editlib.org/p/27054

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New Author Guidelines @ Connexions

August 25, 2009

Connexions has launched a new module titled: Introduction to the New Author Guide.   The purpose of this guide is to help new Connexions authors with creating, revising, and publishing content using Connexions.

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Interview w/ Bonk about World is Open

August 25, 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

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Open Ed 09 Video

August 25, 2009

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:

1. Introductions
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).

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Book Sprints for Collaborative Authoring

August 22, 2009

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.”

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Find open licensed content via Google

August 21, 2009

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.

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Update on CA Digital Textbooks

August 18, 2009

Gov. Schwarzenegger has released the Free Digital Textbook Initiative Phase 1 Report.  See http://gov.ca.gov/press-release/12996/ .

Free digital textbooks are listed at the CLRN website.

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