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Open Textbook Authoring with
PressBooks Textbook
Clint Lalonde
Manager, Open Education, Bccampus
CCCOER Webinar April 8, 2...
Connect the expertise, programs, and resources of all BC post-secondary
institutions under a collaborative service deliver...
The BC Open Textbook Project
40 free & open textbooks for highest
enrolled 1st & 2nd year post-secondary
subjects in BC
20...
Don’t reinvent it by Andrea Hernandez released under CC-BY-NC-SA and based on Wheel by Pauline Mak released under CC-BY li...
Students Faculty
1. Free
2. Choice of formats
a. Web
b. Print
c. eBook
3. Can retain
1. Easy to find
2. Address Quality
3....
Beyond a “book”
“the thing that interests me most about where we are in the world of books is
imagining new and different ...
Publish Many
Write Once/Import
PressBooks.com
Hosted, commercial service
PressBooks Plugin
Self-Hosted Open Source WP plugin
PressBooks Textbooks Plugin
...
Development Cycle
BCcampus develops & contributes code
To PressBooks OS plugin
PressBooks OS plugin code merged
with Press...
Pressbooks Textbooks Plugin
Extends PB plugin • Add Creative Commons licenses
• Add Textbook specific features
• Learning ...
More than a book (book as application)
"An API, or "Application Program
Interface", is a set of routines and
protocols tha...
More than a book (book as application)
What we are working on now
• Accessibility features (FLOE Project)
• Replace PrinceXML with Open Source PDF engine
• New O...
Finding us
Open Textbook Project: open.bccampus.ca
PressBooks plugin: wordpress.org/plugins/pressbooks
PressBooks Textbook...
Thank You
open.bccampus.ca
@bccampus @clintlalonde
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  1. 1. Open Textbook Authoring with PressBooks Textbook Clint Lalonde Manager, Open Education, Bccampus CCCOER Webinar April 8, 2015 Unless otherwise noted, this work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License. Feel free to use, modify and/or distribute any or all of this presentation, with attribution.
  2. 2. Connect the expertise, programs, and resources of all BC post-secondary institutions under a collaborative service delivery framework • Promote & support the development & use of Open Educational Resources • System wide initiatives to facilitate the enhancement of a high quality teaching & learning culture. Open Education & Professional Learning
  3. 3. The BC Open Textbook Project 40 free & open textbooks for highest enrolled 1st & 2nd year post-secondary subjects in BC 2014 – 20 for skills & training First province in Canada 2014 – AB & SASK MOU $1 million 2014 - $1 million Visual notes of John Yap announcement, Giulia Forsythe Used under CC-SA license
  4. 4. Don’t reinvent it by Andrea Hernandez released under CC-BY-NC-SA and based on Wheel by Pauline Mak released under CC-BY license
  5. 5. Students Faculty 1. Free 2. Choice of formats a. Web b. Print c. eBook 3. Can retain 1. Easy to find 2. Address Quality 3. Support Adapt/Create
  6. 6. Beyond a “book” “the thing that interests me most about where we are in the world of books is imagining new and different kinds of models for book publishing. To build new models, we need open platforms that allow people to experiment with new ideas.” Hugh McGuire http://codepoet.com/2013/08/29/hugh-mcguire-interview/ The blurring lines between books and the internet https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5iNeDwve1U
  7. 7. Publish Many Write Once/Import
  8. 8. PressBooks.com Hosted, commercial service PressBooks Plugin Self-Hosted Open Source WP plugin PressBooks Textbooks Plugin Extends PB plugin Pro • Hosted. Need little tech support Pro Con • No control of platform • Designed for fiction, not TB • Cost • Full control of entire platform • Open source Con • Designed for fiction • Requires tech support • Proprietary PDF engine (PrinceXML) Pro • Full control of entire platform • Open Source • Textbook specific features Con • Requires tech support • Proprietary PDF engine (PrinceXML) BCcampus developed
  9. 9. Development Cycle BCcampus develops & contributes code To PressBooks OS plugin PressBooks OS plugin code merged with PressBooks.com
  10. 10. Pressbooks Textbooks Plugin Extends PB plugin • Add Creative Commons licenses • Add Textbook specific features • Learning Outcomes, Exercises & Key Takeaways • Search • Annotation (Hypothes.is) • Added API (Application Program Interface)
  11. 11. More than a book (book as application) "An API, or "Application Program Interface", is a set of routines and protocols that provide building blocks for computer programmers and web developers to build software applications." http://code.tutsplus.com/articles/the-increasing- importance-of-apis-in-web-development--net-22368
  12. 12. More than a book (book as application)
  13. 13. What we are working on now • Accessibility features (FLOE Project) • Replace PrinceXML with Open Source PDF engine • New ODT output (Word Compatible)
  14. 14. Finding us Open Textbook Project: open.bccampus.ca PressBooks plugin: wordpress.org/plugins/pressbooks PressBooks Textbook plugin: wordpress.org/plugins/pressbooks-textbook PressBooks Textbooks GitHub (developers): github.com/BCcampus/pressbooks-textbook Example of a PBTB book: opentextbc.ca/geography
  15. 15. Thank You open.bccampus.ca @bccampus @clintlalonde

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