One Button Textbook Publishing with PressBooks


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Presentation at the 2014 BCNet conference outlining the BC Open Textbook project and the customizations made to the PressBooks WordPress plugin to enable textbook authoring for the project.

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  • Presentation title slide… following the opening slide (containing the large Open Textbook project logo).
  • One Button Textbook Publishing with PressBooks

    1. 1. One Button Publishing • Brad Payne & Clint Lalonde • BCNet, Vancouver • April 29, 2014 @clintlalonde @bdolor
    2. 2. “Connect the expertise, programs, and resources of all BC post-secondary institutions under a collaborative service delivery framework” 2 3 Open Education Student Services & Data Exchange Collaborative Programs & Shared Services 1
    3. 3. “Connect the expertise, programs, and resources of all BC post-secondary institutions under a collaborative service delivery framework” Open Education 1 Support & promote the development & use of Open Educational Resources Support instructors who want to use technology in their teaching practice OER Global Logo by Jonathas Mello is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Unported 3.0 License
    4. 4. “Open Educational Resources (OERs) are any type of educational materials that are in the public domain or introduced with an open license. The nature of these open materials means that anyone can legally and freely copy, use, adapt and re-share them.” UNESCO resources/what-are-open-educational-resources-oers/ What are OER?
    5. 5. A textbook licensed under an open copyright license, and made available to be freely used by students, teachers and members of the public. What is an Open Textbook?
    6. 6. Open Licenses
    7. 7. Visual notes of John Yap announcement, Giulia Forsythe Used under CC-BY-SA license First province in Canada 40 free and open textbooks available for the highest enrolled 1st & 2nd year post-secondary subjects in BC BC Open Textbook Project
    8. 8. We have a problem (2 actually) Images: used under CC-BY license
    9. 9. Students spend $1200/yr on textbooks 4x rate of inflation over past 20 years 70% students have not purchased textbook for a course because of price Problem #1
    10. 10. Page | Free is more than just a good deal
    11. 11.
    12. 12. Problem #2 Ownership & Control iPod DRM by *n3wjack's world in pixels used under CC-BY-SA license eBook on eBook by DWRL at U Texas used under CC-BY-SA-NC license Students Faculty ©
    13. 13. Issues & Goals Students Faculty Free Choice of formats ●Web ●Mobile ●Print ●eBook 1. Easy to find 2. Quality 3. Modify or create Can retain permanently
    14. 14. 1 year ago... 40 Subject Areas 0 Textbooks
    15. 15. 1 year ago...
    16. 16. Faculty: Easy to find
    17. 17. Faculty: Easy to find
    18. 18. Faculty: Easy to find API
    19. 19. Faculty: Easy to find API
    20. 20. Faculty: Easy to find
    21. 21. Faculty: Quality
    22. 22. Faculty: Quality API
    23. 23. Faculty: Quality
    24. 24. Faculty: Quality
    25. 25. Faculty: Modify
    26. 26. Faculty: Modify Write Once Publish Many
    27. 27. Student: Choice of formats
    28. 28. Student: Choice of formats
    29. 29. Student: Choice of formats
    30. 30. Student: Choice of formats $9.19 (B&W) $20.04 (Colour) 244 pages
    31. 31. PressBooks modifications
    32. 32. Context PressBooks is open source •modifications were only possible within this context •the narratives for open textbooks and open software are similar
    33. 33. The Button
    34. 34. Modifications PressBooks and PressBooks Textbook •What functionality is required for open textbooks? o about 16,500 code additions to PB core •What if that functionality deviates from
    35. 35. Symbiosis PressBooks and PressBooks Textbook
    36. 36. Reuse - PBT Plugin Creative Commons •the creative commons configurator •modifications made to allow derivative works
    37. 37. Revise - PBT plugin
    38. 38. Revise - PBT Plugin Adapt, Adjust, Modify •math equations - PB LaTeX plugin •table buttons - MCE Table button plugin •textbook buttons - MCE Textbook button plugin o exercises (with LRMI metadata) o key takeaways (with LRMI metadata) o learning objectives (with LRMI metadata)
    39. 39. Revise - PBT Plugin LaTeX image rendering service: Preserving images in export routine:
    40. 40. Remix - PBT Plugin
    41. 41. Remix - PBT Plugin Importer •EPUB •DOCX •ODT •WXR/XML Open Textbooks •Download links to 47 open textbooks
    42. 42. Remix - PBT Plugin Pseudocode (DOCX import): - test if it’s a valid Zip file - get the file paths to content and metadata - get the content and metadata - get endnotes, footnotes, and hyperlinks - process them (they are in separate documents), save them - import a monstrous XSLT stylesheet - throw the styled content into the DOM - parse by Chapter, insert into PB
    43. 43. Redistribute/Retain - PBT Plugin
    44. 44. Redistribute/Retain - PBT Plugin Textbook API •the solution to the problem of redistributing protected files got me thinking about how to implement textbook API’s Redistribute and retain files for free •Download links to each of the latest export files (epub, pdf, xhtml, hpub, mobi, wxr, icml) on the homepage
    45. 45. Redistribute/Retain - PBT Plugin
    46. 46. Download, import, reorder chapters
    47. 47. The future Enabling Adaptation Development of PB Community (Developer & User) ● ● Continued EDU & OTB specific enhancements
    48. 48. Thank YouQuestions? @clintlalonde @bdolor #otsummit