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Osw Open Textbooks

  1. 1. Open Textbooks: Finding, Evaluating, and Adapting Open Textbooks for Your Course Link to this as a Google doc http://goo.gl/ZUOSx1 R. John Robertson One Session Wonder November 14, 2013
  2. 2. Introductions Who are you? What do you teach? What interested you in this session?
  3. 3. Framing the session Information Advocacy Discussion Exploration Critique This is your session - the slides are context if needed to support our conversation
  4. 4. What is an Open Textbook?
  5. 5. What is an Open Textbook? “An open textbook is a textbook licensed under an open copyright license, and made available online to be freely used by students, teachers and members of the public. Many open textbooks are distributed in either print, ebook, or audio formats that may be downloaded or purchased at little or no cost” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_textbook http://www.parlorpress.com/pdf/writing-spaces-v1.pdf Text CC: BY NC ND
  6. 6. Licensing - varieties on... + Public Domain + CC 0 + ~ GNU and the like http://creativecommons.org/licenses/
  7. 7. Why is this something worth thinking about?
  8. 8. Costs US GAO [report], College Textbooks http://www.gao. gov/assets/660/655066. pdf
  9. 9. Costs Figure 1: Average Estimated Full-Time Undergraduate Budgets, 2013-14 (Enrollment-Weighted) http://trends. collegeboard.org/college-pricing/figures-tables/average-estimated-undergraduate-budgets-2013-14 All Rights Reserved
  10. 10. Control When was the last significant update to the textbook you use? How much did that suit your course? Supporting the possibility of currency and customisation
  11. 11. Self-assessment
  12. 12. Textbooks: self-assessment ● What influences your textbook choice? ● How often do you reevaluate your textbook choice? ● Do you know how much the textbook(s) in your course costs? ● Do you know when it was last updated?
  13. 13. Textbooks: self-assessment ● Is your textbook available in a variety of formats (book, audio, large print, ebook (pdf, kindle, epub, ...))? ● Do you know (or have an impression of) what % of your students do not buy the textbook? Do you know why?
  14. 14. Finding
  15. 15. Finding Google you might try: ● “[topic]” + creative commons ● “[topic]” + open textbook but there are other options
  16. 16. Finding Looking for Open Textbooks (cf OER, OCW) https://open.umn.edu/opentextbooks/ http://www.collegeopentextbooks.org http://oerconsortium.org/disciplinespecific/ http://openstaxcollege.org/books http://www.saylor.org/books/ http://cnx.org/
  17. 17. Finding https://open.umn.edu/opentextbooks/BookDetail.aspx?bookId=96
  18. 18. Finding http://openstaxcollege. org/textbooks/anatomy-andphysiology/resources https://open.umn. edu/opentextbooks/BookDetail.aspx? https://open.umn.edu/opentextbooks/BookDetail.aspx?bookId=78
  19. 19. Finding Plug into existing conversations through professional networks and the ‘scattershot’ results of your initial Google search. For example, http://cain.blogspot.com/2013/07/oer-possible-resources-forbiology.html
  20. 20. Finding (different related stuff) ● Boundless https://www.boundless. com/open-textbooks/ ● open textbooks + enhanced stuff for $ ● Bookboon http://bookboon.com/ Free, but not open ● Flat World Knowledge http://catalog. flatworldknowledge.com/ not free, not open, but cheap and customizable (within their framework)
  21. 21. Finding ● There’s a lot of materials focused on K-12. ● There’s a lot of dead links. ● There’s a lot of Open Educational Resources which could be or become an open textbook but which would need to be adapted.
  22. 22. Finding Don’t forget the Public Domain
  23. 23. Payún Matru volcanic field; photo from Nasa’s Earth Observatory; Taken from the ISS
  24. 24. Evaluating
  25. 25. Evaluating Beyond the basic evaluation of an academic resource, how do you start to assess a textbook? Write down three things (tips, tricks, criteria) which help you in selecting a textbook then discuss them with a colleague
  26. 26. Evaluating David Wiley’s thought experiment
  27. 27. Evaluating And “the quality of learning resources is usually determined using the following lenses: ● Accuracy ● Reputation of author/institution ● Standard of technical production ● Accessibility ● Fitness for purpose” (OER Infokit)
  28. 28. Evaluating The wider or abstract discussion and evaluation of quality is, however, only one dimension of this discussion. How you and your students can use it for your course is the primary question.
  29. 29. Evaluating ● PennState - much of their OpenCourseware is online as html ebooks http://open.ems. psu.edu/courseware ● natureofgeoinfo.org https://www.e-education. psu.edu/natureofgeoinfo/ ● Earth 106: the African Continent https: //www.e-education.psu.edu/earth106/l1.html
  30. 30. Adapting
  31. 31. Adapting As much as cost plays a role one of the strongest rationale for open textbooks in distinction to cheap or free is the ability to do more or less what you want with the text including the ability to modify or adapt the text.
  32. 32. Adapting - an example From Project Management: from Simple to Complex (FWK textbook originally with open license) to Project Management for Instructional Designers http://pm4id.org/
  33. 33. Adapting: practicalities License permissions and mixing Format constraints Time commitments but working incrementally And a note on Plone and GinkoTree (UWM pilot)
  34. 34. Adopting: other content? Add other content and consider how to enhance a text when it’s natively an etext... http://ocw.jhsph.edu/index.cfm
  35. 35. Making An aside on Book sprints: OER Booksprint Reflections http://blogs.cetis.ac. uk/lmc/2012/08/31/oerbooksprint-reflections/
  36. 36. References and Resources David Wiley, (2013) On Quality and OER http://opencontent.org/blog/archives/2947 Nicole Allen (2013) OER and solving the textbook cost crisis http://www.slideshare. net/txtbks/textbooks-28013186 Quality considerations (OER Infokit) https://openeducationalresources.pbworks.com/w/page/24838164/Quality%20considerations

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