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Latin American Open Textbook Initiative (LATIn Project)

Latin American Open Textbook Initiative (LATIn Project)



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    • LATIN: Latin American Open Textbooks Initiative Xavier Ochoa
    • Steal this presentation! http://www.slideshare.net/xaoch
    • Textbooks are expensive In Latin America, they are REALLY expensive
    • Craveiro, G., Machado, J. and Ortellado, P. O mercado de livros técnicos e científicos no Brasil: subsídio público e acesso ao conhecimento‖. Available on the Internet http://www.gpopai.usp.br/relatoriolivros.pdf , 2008. (In Portuguese)
    • We already have a solution!
    • Oh… you want a legal solution
    • #fotocopiasuy
    • But there is a bigger problem
    • Only 50% of students use textbooks Even photocopies / library basically free books
    • Most textbooks are produced for another context No hablar español!
    • No local authors Little diversity Content is not relevant Consumer-only attitude (Un)expected consequences of current publishing model
    • Our professors are not used to write books But they produce materials
    • Collaboration Methodologies
    • A Digital Ecosystem for the Collaborative Production of Open Textbooks: The LATIn Methodology. Journal of Information Technology Education: Research Vol. 12, pp. 225-249
    • Digital Ecosystem for Collaborative Textbooks Production Because it sounds better than: “We copied the model of Connexions"
    • Authors Community
    • Open Community
    • Sharing Community
    • Ecosystem + Wrong License
    • Technological Platform Because we need to justify all the CS people in the project
    • Reuse!
    • Adoption Strategies Because it is not enough to write books, somebody have to read them (our friends do not count)
    • Pilot Experiments
    • How do you know if there is interest in creating collaborative open textbooks in Latin America? Launch a contest!
    • 90 Communities 47 Proposals 25 Books Selected 144 Professors currently writing … of course we expected it!
    • Books ready by January 2014 Usage pilot by November 2014 Surveys, measurements and metrics galore!
    • Open Publisher – Non Profit Company
    • Collaborative Open Textbooks is not just about having free books. It is a tool that allow us to experiment new models to solve the real textbook problem in Latin American education.
    • Gracias / Thank you / Obrigado Visit us: www.latinproject.org comunidad.proyectolatin.org escritura.proyectolatin.org Xavier Ochoa xavier@cti.espol.edu.ec http://ariadne.cti.espol.edu.ec/xavier Twitter: @xaoch