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Resources on open textbooks


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This leaflet has been produced in the context of C-SAP [Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Sociology, Anthropology and Politics] Open Educational Resources Phase II project: Cascading Social Science Open Educational Resources. This project seeks to cascade support for embedding Open Educational Resources within the social sciences curriculum.

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Resources on open textbooks

  1. 1. Resources on open textbooksThis leaflet has been produced in the context of C-SAP [Higher Education Academy SubjectCentre for Sociology, Anthropology and Politics] Open Educational Resources Phase IIproject: Cascading Social Science Open Educational Resources.This project seeks to cascadesupport for embedding Open Educational Resources within the social sciences curriculum.For most up-to-date information about the project, please refer to the “Open cascade” blog.Open textbooks initiativesThe Open Access Textbooks ProjectThe Open Access Textbooks Project is a two-year initiative to create a sustainablemodel for the discovery, production, and dissemination of open textbooks, focusing onlessons learned in open textbook initiatives across the United States. The overall goal of theproject is to promote awareness of and cooperation among open textbook initiatives. Thewebsite hosts various resources, including links to articles and conference proceedings,relevant legislation, reports as well as non-commercial open textbook initiative websites. Inparticular, resources on recognizing and rewarding faculty digital scholarly work might berelevant in light of similar discussions on reward and recognition in the context of UK OpenEducational Resources programme.Community College Consortium for Open Educational ResourcesThe Consortium is a joint effort by the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, theLeague for Innovation in the Community College and other community colleges anduniversity partners to develop and use open textbooks in community college courses. Theproject seeks the support of faculty to identify, review, evaluate, and make available highquality, accessible and culturally relevant model Open Textbooks. There are numerous otherrelevant resources, including an accompanying blog, media kit, links to over 500 opentextbooks (searchable by disciplines) as well as self-paced tutorials about open textbooks.College Open TextbooksFunded by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, College Open Textbooks is acollection of colleges, governmental agencies, education non-profits, and other education-related organizations that are focused on the mission of driving the awareness and advocacyfor open textbooks. This includes providing training for instructors adopting openresources, peer reviews of open textbooks, and mentoring online professional networksthat provide support to authors who open their resources. The website provides links to alist of open textbooks organised by subjects as well as reviews for selected textbooks, whereThis content is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 UK:England & Wales 1
  2. 2. the textbooks are rated (among others) for readability, appropriateness, cultural relevanceand usability of the interface.Reports on open textbooksOpen Access Textbook Task Force: Final ReportThe report has been compiled by the Florida Distance Learning Consortium whose task wasto develop a plan for promoting and increasing the use of open access textbooks as amethod for reducing textbook costs. The report focused on concerns that academic staffand students have with regard to the adoption of open textbook initiatives. Shared facultyconcerns include: the lack of awareness or use of open access textbooks, assurance ofacademic quality, peer review and editing, institutional recognition for efforts in creatingand developing open access materials, and challenges in allocating time for these activities.Students’ highest ranked concerns were the quality of open access textbooks and their cost.The Open Revolution: An Environmental Scan of the Open Textbook LandscapeThis paper examines the current state of the open textbook movement, focusing on fiveopen textbook platforms, namely Wikibooks, Connexions, Flat World Knowledge, The GlobalText Project, and Textbook Media. Overall, it provides a very useful overview of the featuresof these platforms, including copyright, flexibility, modularity, availability of print-on-demand facilities, quality control etc.Peer 2 Peer University* courses on open textbooks*Peer 2 Peer University (P2PU) is a grassroots open education project that organizeslearning outside of institutional walls and gives learners recognition for their achievements.P2PU creates a model for lifelong learning alongside traditional formal higher education.Adopting Open TextbooksThe course is based on a 3-step process to adopting open textbooks for educators facilitatedby the College Open Textbook Collaborative. These steps are as follows: discovering andselecting appropriate open educational materials; following an adoption process whichinvolves relevant stakeholders (staff, students etc.) within institutional context and finallysharing the knowledge of discovery and adoption of open educational materials. The courseran in the spring of 2010, but all relevant resources can still be accessed, including achecklist for adopting an open textbook and a generic rubric to evaluate remixed/reusedopen textbooks.This content is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 UK:England & Wales 2
  3. 3. Find, Author, and Share Open TextbooksThe course focuses on skills needed to find high-quality open textbooks and adapt them forre-use. It explores different authoring and hosting platforms such as Connexions,Wikibooks, Wikieducator, LeMill, and iTunes University, with an emphasis on addressingaccessibility-related issues. This course is currently running as part of P2P University springcourse offer, and is scheduled to end on 9 March 2011.Other resourcesWebinar: In search of affordable textbooks: how open access can reduce costsThe webinar was organised by Washington State Board for Community and TechnicalColleges on May 12, 2010 and explored issues around finding, creating and maintainingopen textbooks. The event also covered experiences of academic staff, which incorporatedopen textbooks into their courses.This content is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 UK:England & Wales 3