Archive for the ‘October 2008’ Category

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Sustainability for Open Textbooks

October 26, 2008

Open Ed 2008 Conference papers, including “Sustainability Models for Community College Open Textbooks” and authored by Kanter, Baker, Thierstein, and Forte, are now available from the Center for Open and Sustainable Learning (COSL) site (http://cosl.usu.edu/events/opened2008/full_papers/).

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Openness Group at Educause

October 25, 2008

Recently, Educause has started a new Openness Constituent Group which provides an electronic discussion list as well as resources related to open educational resources.  Topics include but are not limited to free and open source software, open content, open educational resources, open courseware, open standards, and management practices such as open business and enterprise 2.0.  This group will meet at the upcoming EDUCAUSE Annual Conference on Thursday, October 30, 2008.

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Elementary Algebra in Connexions

October 15, 2008

John Redden (mathematics instructor at College of the Sequoias), with the assistance of Jonathan Emmons (Community Development Specialist at Connexions), has posted a new Elementary Algebra module in Connexions:  http://cnx.org/content/m18033/1.1/

What is Connexions?

Connexions (
cnx.org) is an online, open access educational resource dedicated to providing high quality learning materials free online, free in printable PDF format, and at low cost in bound volumes through print-on-demand publishing.  The Elementary Algebra module one of many available to Connexions users. Each collection is composed of a number of re-usable learning modules written in the Connexions XML markup language.  Each module may also be re-used (or ‘re-purposed’) as part of other collections and may be used outside of Connexions.  Including Elementary Algebra, Connexions currently offers over 5000 modules and more than 300 collections.  For further information, please contact Jonathan Emmons, Connexions Community Development Specialist at (713) 348 – 2392 or jonathan.emmons@rice.edu

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New Open Textbooks Website!

October 12, 2008

Discover high quality, free, and open textbooks at the newly launched Community College Open Textbook Project website.  The Project is a one-year feasibility study managed by the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources and generously funded by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to examine sustainable approaches to promote use and development of high quality, open textbooks.  

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OER Bill Signed in CA

October 6, 2008

California Governor Schwarzenegger signed a bill in support of OER (AB 2261) into law last week.  The bill enables the California Community Colleges to integrate open educational resources (OER) into its core curriculum.   Specifically, the bill authorizes the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges “to establish a pilot program to provide faculty and staff from community college districts around the state with the information, methods, and instructional materials to establish open education resources centers.”

This legislation was initiated by Assemblyman Ira Ruskin and Hal Plotkin, President of the Foothill and De Anza Community College District’s Governing Board of Trustees.   For more details, see Creative Commons blog.

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