Archive for October, 2008


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 (


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.


Faculty Workshop on OER – Oct. 30th

October 21, 2008

Please join us for the OER Faculty Workshop on Oct. 30th from 1 – 4 p.m at Foothill College campus, Los Altos Hills, CA .

Open Educational Resources and Open Textbooks Faculty Workshop


Are you hearing complaints about the rising price of textbooks?

You can make a difference by offering more affordable textbooks to your students.
Join the growing community of faculty who are adopting free or low-cost, high quality textbooks.

Learn how to find free learning content online that you can download, customize, and share with your students. 

1– 4 p.m. on Thursday, October 30, 2008
at Foothill College, Krause 4008
12345 El Monte Road S., Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

Only in-person attendance available. Refreshments provided.

For more information, contact Dr. Judy Baker at 650-949-7749 or bakerjudy at foothill dot edu


Peer2Peer University for Open Ed

October 21, 2008

Leaders in the open education movement have launched Peer2Peer University.   Information about how the P2PU will function is posted at

A recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education about the project is available at: (there is also a video of Philipp explaining the idea:

The P2PU advisory group is comprised of Ahrash Bissell, Executive Director, ccLearn, Leslie Chan, Senior Lecturer, Department of Social Sciences at the University of Toronto at Scarborough. Associate Director of Bioline International, Christine Geith, Assistant Provost and Executive Director of Michigan State University’s MSU Global, Mark Surman, Executive Director, Mozilla Foundation, and David Wiley, Associate Professor of Instructional Psychology and Technology at Brigham Young University, Chief Openness Officer at the Open High School Utah,

To get involved, join the P2PU Google group:


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:

What is Connexions?

Connexions ( 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


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.  


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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