scope and applicability of content quality of content maintenance, currency availability of ancillaries Availability of different formats The project set out to create and maintain author-adopter communities that enhance and maintain individual open textbooks and create ancillaries that can be shared by all adopters as well as collaborating on how to teach with that textbook. The goals of the project include the following: Form or continue six communities that include the textbook adopters and potential adopters and, in some cases, the textbook author and other creators (photographers, illustrators, technologists, etc.). Choose collaboration and repository tools for each community Attract qualified people to join and participate and remain in the group. Compare methodologies for marketing, tools, and leadership with the criteria for success being sustainability, scalability, textbook adoptions, and cooperation.
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Think about what your students would need: The same things will apply to this community. Students need structure, clear assignments, clear deadlines, things to keep them engaged etc. You are the chef: People won’t automatically take charge in a community. They need a leader to take control, set deadlines, and push things forward. “ Tried to stay out of it as the author in the beginning. Hoping to create a “ class ” – Nobody did anything without her involvement. ” Spoon Feeding: Create scaffold of small tasks to do and a regular schedule so people can get into routine. Assign tasks that are concrete. For example: “look at first part of book, on sentences” – if you have comment/ change/ exercise to offer – do that. NOT, “Look at this chapter and give me feedback.” Regular feedings: What perturbed babies, animals, etc. are changes in routine or no routine. If you want to increase participation in virtual communities, establish a routine of task assignments, due dates, and communications. Make sure your oven works! It’s hard enough to get people to actively/effectively participant in an online community. Any technology barriers will make that much more difficult. Make sure your technology works, has been tested, and is easy to use. Don’t create barriers to entry. Technology should enable, not disable.
California Learning Resource Network University of CA Office of the President: AP course – free to CA public schools
Building Communities of Practice to Encourage Open Textbook Use SloanC-MERLOT Conference July 12, 2011 With generous support from DynamicBooks Slide