Oer e books publishing @oer13


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Making OER available on multiple platforms, including iBooks and eBooks. A presentation from OER13.

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  • KDP = Kindle Direct Publishing
  • Smashwords URLs
    Sustainability: The Business Perspective: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/277927
    Sustainability: The Geography Perspective: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/292329
    Sustainability & Engineering:
    Sustainability in the Arts and Humanities: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/292674
    Learning for Sustainability:
    Barnes and Noble URLs
    Learning for Sustainability:
    Sustainability: the geography perspective:
    Sustainability: the Business perspective:
    Sustainability in the Arts and Humanities:
  • Oer e books publishing @oer13

    1. 1. Making OER available on multiple platforms (U-Now, iBooks, eBooks) Andy Beggan Head of Learning Technology Steve Stapleton Joshua Baker Open Nottingham 27th March 2013 OER13
    2. 2. Outline • Background • Creating eBooks • Impact & conclusions • Next Steps OER13
    3. 3. Background: The PARiS Project
    4. 4. Sustainability OpenCourseWare Created 10 x 10 credit modules on sustainability from different subject perspectives 5 new modules converted to eBooks Modules released as Open Educational Resources (OER) on the institutions OER site ‘U-Now’ Taught modules available under the Nottingham Advantage Award scheme
    5. 5. The project team included academic staff and learning technologists. Most were working with OER for the first time. Collaborative development
    6. 6. Reuse and reuse-ability Existing third party OER was re-used wherever possible! Over 200 third party open resources were included across the 5 modules!
    7. 7. Example U-Now OER Versions
    8. 8. Example U-Now OER Versions
    9. 9. ‘Well it’s taken a lot of work to do, but like to use it, it was just, I don’t know, it just flowed.’ Student feedback on OERs
    10. 10. “I can’t ever imagine buying a textbook digitally for the benefit of a few extra quizzes or a video or two… [but another] found them really useful but not interactive enough, so it depends on the discipline” Roberta Wiafe, Sussex University 19th March 2013 Student views on eBooks Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/universityeducation/student-life/9933453/Academic-e-books-will-they-ever-take-off.html
    11. 11. Question… Where open resources are ‘born’ digital, are eBooks seen as attractive alternatives to students and do they broaden access?
    12. 12. Created five eBooks from the OER materials and released them as free downloads. We used CC licenced images to ensure strong presentation of materials. This shows how OER can drive up quality. We are now working on ePub versions to ensure availability across multiple platforms and multiple devices eBooks
    13. 13. Example iBook Pages
    14. 14. OER resource converted to .Doc file .Doc edited to suit desired formatting Graphs redesigned where needed for B&W Kindle display. Tested on Kindle through conversion to .mobi format (KDP) Reduced amount of imagery to suit Kindle display….in direct contrast to iBooks .Doc uploaded to Smashwords and made available through ‘meatgrinder’ into multiple formats: - ePub - Mobi - PDF - HTML - RTF ePub creation process
    15. 15. Platform Published Comments Apple iBook store Yes Proprietary format, but high quality results are easily achievable Amazon Kindle (KDP) No Not able to publish for free – will price match with other providers Smashwords Yes Easy to use and facilitates access to other eBook stores. CC licencing not possible in metadata but can be added to description Barns & Noble Yes Publishing possible through Smashwords distribution. Requires credit information if publishing through B&N directly. Kobo No Publishing possible through Smashwords distribution Requires ISBN Bibliostatic No Response from provider that they cannot add much to the distribution beyond what we already have with Smashwords Project Gutenberg Yes & No No longer used due to difficulty in using site and reliability concerns eBook Distribution
    16. 16. 4.5% 18.5% 77.0% OER ePub iBook Impact: Downloads
    17. 17. Impact: Accessed 1.5% 67.0% 6.0% 25.5% OER download OER viewed ePub iBook
    18. 18. • Conversion to ePub format does widen access… no surprizes there! • 33% increase in access over a 5 month period • OER eBook publication is relatively easy… – even if publishers aren’t facilitating this process yet! • Online remains preferred access route • iBooks currently most popular downloaded format • Authors see eBooks has a higher quality output • Comparative focus groups with students a potential next step Conclusions
    19. 19. Next steps: M NOOCs
    20. 20. Thank You
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