Archive for February, 2009


Flex Learn Course Starts 3/16

February 28, 2009

A free course about Flexible Learning will run from March 16 – June 26, 2009.  Set your own pace.

Sign up at the course blog (   See the schedule and other course information at

This course was developed by staff in the Educational Development Centre of Otago Polytechnic.


OER Webinar March 25th

February 27, 2009

Open Educational Resources: Open Textbooks & Open  Courseware at LBCC

Webinar Panel Presentation
March 25th, 2009
8:30 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.
CCC Confer as a FLEX training event for faculty at Long Beach Community College)

  • Nicole Allen, The Student Public Interest Research Groups
  • Judy Baker, Director of the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources
  • Barbara Illowsky, Professor, De Anza College
  • Amit Schitai, Director, Instructional Technology and DL, LBCC
  • Howard Shifflett, Geology Emeritus
  • Marty Wayland, Director, Bookstores and Food Services

For details, please contact Amit Schitai at 562.938.4626


Open Textbook Trainings

February 21, 2009

Save $$ with Free and Open Textbook Webinar

  • Wednesday, February 25 at 12 – 1 pm

    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 and open textbooks.  Location:  @ONE online

Open Textbook Adoption Workshop

  • Thursday, March 12 at 1 – 3pm

    Hands on workshop covering the steps involved in adoption of open textbooks. Organized by Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources.  Location:  Foothill College campus, Los Altos Hills, CA

More Textbooks, Less Cost: Open Doors with Open Content

  • Monday, March 16 at 2:30 – 3:30 pm

    Headlines have touted the promise of open educational resources efforts to provide a solution to the high cost of textbooks. Participants will learn about one-year feasibility study by the Community College Open Textbook Project.  Location:  League for Innovation Conference at Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, NV


Open Textbook Knols

February 21, 2009

Learn more about open textbooks from two new Google Knols:  Open Textbook Peer Review and Adopt Open and Free Textbooks.


Collaborative Books Project

February 8, 2009
The Collaborative Books Project is leveraging Google’s Knols to develop textbooks through open contributions and collaboration.   Collections of knols form the textbooks.  Anyone with expertise can  participate as an editor, an author or a reviewer.  So far, the list of collaborative books under development includes:

The Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources has published two Knols about open and free textbooks:


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