Archive for January, 2011


Wanna author an open textbook?

January 15, 2011

From “Free Books: Why Not?” by Allen B. Downey –

Reasons to consider authoring a free textbook and suggestions about how…

  • A free license is not just a different way to distribute the same product; a book with a free license is a fundamentally different product.
  • Free books beget more free books in a way that conventional books don’t. Free books turn readers into writers.

An example is Learning Perl The Hard Way distributed by Green Tea Press.


OER Consortium Mtg at Innovations Conf

January 13, 2011

Going to the Innovations 2011 conference in San Diego?

Join us for an information-packed networking community College Collaborative for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) quarterly meeting.  We will be sharing demos of OER tools, facilitating a group discussion on best practices on open courseware at your colleges and network with your peers.  We have arranged for a special $150 day pass so you can attend both Innovations and our meeting on Sunday, February 27th from 1-4 pm.

To register, go to


Find, Author and Share Open Textbooks

January 12, 2011

The open and free online course: “Find, Author, and Share Open Textbooks” course will soon be available through Peer-to-Peer University. The course runs from January 26 through March 9. Enrollment starts January 12. Sign up now for all the spaces are gone!

At a time when commercial textbook prices are soaring and a fundamental shift in the way we access and create information has occurred, why not consider using or authoring an open textbook? We will learn how to find and adopt high-quality openly licensed textbooks and educational resources in this participatory class. Open licensing means that you can freely incorporate open resources into a textbook that meets the needs of learners in your course and provide re-usable resources for other educators.

Sign-ups start January 12. Click here and scroll down to the “Find, Author, and Share Open Textbooks” course and select the button to complete. If you have not taken a Peer-to-Peer-University (P2PU) course before, you will have to create a new free account first.


Seeking Intermediate Algebra OER

January 6, 2011

The Chancellor’s Office for the California Community Colleges is in the process of researching Open Education Resource (OER) courseware and/or modules for Intermediate Algebra for a special project under development.  If you know of any OER courseware/modules that the Chancellor’s Office can review as a part of this research effort it would be greatly appreciated.  Please send that information or any links to information on this topic to LeBaron Woodyard, Dean of Academic Affairs at  LeBaron may also be reached by telephone at (916) 445-1780.  Thanking you in advance for your assistance.


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