Adopting Open Textbooks

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Open textbooks are openly-licensed textbooks offered free online by authors. The open license sets them apart from traditional textbooks by allowing users to read online, download, and print.
They are also editable so instructors can customize content, cross-platform compatible and work with adaptive technology.
This session looks at the how to identify, evaluate, and adopt Open Textbooks, and training opportunities for those wanting to adopt open resources, do peer reviews or open their own writing.

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  • Adopting Open Textbooks

    1. 1. ADOPTING OPEN TEXTBOOKS Ken Ronkowitz Passaic County Community College, NJ
    2. 2. Adopting Open Textbooks Open textbooks are openly-licensed textbooks offered free online by authors. The open license sets them apart from traditional textbooks by allowing users to read online, download, and print. They are also editable so instructors can customize content, cross-platform compatible and work with adaptive technology. This session looks at the how to identify, evaluate, and adopt Open Textbooks, and training opportunities for those wanting to adopt open resources, do peer reviews or open their own writing.
    3. 3. 3 Why leave traditional textbooks? 1. No textbook fits exactly and it’s all or nothing - though this is changing… 2. Students complain - about high prices - an average two-year college student spends nearly 75% of what they spend on tuition on textbooks - if only a few chapters are used in the course - when sent to different places for readings and materials 3. Textbooks are bundled with [too] many re$ources, labs etc. 4. Print textbooks don’t have the advantages of eTextbooks – but commercial eTextbooks are not open
    4. 4. 5 An open textbook is…  Modifiable by the instructor  Digital, Modular  Adaptable  Low cost to the students  Usually free for those with computers and internet access  Printable for “free” or for a small fee (print centers etc.)  Sometimes available in bound copies for $10-$40 Labeled for reuse Flickr MrKCools
    5. 5. 6 An open textbook has been… Changed by the creators from Copyright All Rights Reserved to Copyleft Some Rights Reserved under an open license e.g., Creative Commons License From the Creative Commons store
    6. 6. 7 Some Open Textbook Myths 1. Creators never receive monetary compensation for open textbooks. 2. Written by anonymous amateurs or crowd- sourced. 3. Derivative versions damage the author’s reputation. 4. Lower quality 5. Out-of-date (expired copyrights, public domain) 6. Publishers and bookstores are enemies of open textbooks. (Okay, partially true…) 7. Open Textbooks and eBooks are the same thing 
    7. 7. Open Textbooks versus e- Textbooks  E-texts (publisher online textbooks): 1. Have restrictive licenses (e.g. no modifications) 2. Still costly 3. Accessible for a limited time period (semester) 4. Usually have restrictions on the amount of material students can print  Open Textbooks: 1. Can usually be modified/customized 2. Can be viewed/read for no cost online 3. Are permanently available in a repository or as a download 4. Can be fully printed for a low cost
    8. 8. 9 Some Benefits of Open Textbooks 1. Higher efficiency in the use/reuse/remixing of modules 2. More adaptable to learning styles, cultures, geographies, devices… 3. Use only content is needed: saves paper, toner, and weight – may also avoid some confusion for students 4. More feedback from teachers and students to the creators (authors, illustrators, publishers, editors...) for global textbook improvement 5. Free for those with computers or readers and Internet access & lower cost for printed and bound versions 6. Students can better afford more classes & other books or materials 9
    9. 9. Two Community College Organizations  Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER)  97 colleges join to give 2-year schools a big voice in open textbooks and more  Community College Open Textbooks Collaborative  A group of 12 organizations (FHDA, FDLC, CNX…) funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to increase the demand and supply of open textbooks their websites 10
    10. 10. CCCOER oerconsortium.org 11
    11. 11. CollegeOpenTextbooks.org 12
    12. 12. The Process 3 Steps creative commons licensed by larry&flo 2007
    13. 13. Starting Out NOT here But HERE 14
    14. 14. 1 Identifying Titles 15 Full reviews are also available with comments and ratings for each chapter
    15. 15. Search Criteria  Subject  Student Learning Objectives  Course titles, descriptions  Level  Format  Material type (Quiz, reading, etc.)  Author or expert
    16. 16. Develop Selection Criteria  Your discipline may already have selection criteria  How do these criteria differ from those created for printed textbooks?  Use standardized criteria Based on discipline requirements and best practices  Modify existing criteria For modules, e-books, and other formats  Use available reviews
    17. 17. Possible Selection Criteria  Accuracy  Appropriateness  Accessibility  Authority  Content  Cultural relevance  Currency  Easily customizable  Flexible format  Modularity  Pedagogical style  Peer reviewed  Portability  Reading level  Usable interface  Error-free
    18. 18. 2 Evaluate
    19. 19. Check Peer Reviews  On http://collegeopentextbooks.org, there are reviews linked to titles have been submitted by educators and professionals in the field.  "They are the opinions of the individual authors and do not represent an endorsement of any textbook by the Community College Open Textbook Collaborative"  The Outline of American Literature, newly revised, traces the paths of American narrative, fiction, poetry and drama as they move from pre-colonial times into the present, through such literary movements as romanticism, realism and experimentation. Online and as PDF
    20. 20. 21 Make Contact With Stakeholders  Curriculum Committee, Department, Dean or other group that approves textbook adoptions  IT - restrictions on requiring computer/internet access?  Department colleagues, adjuncts, TAs  College bookstore  College library / Media center  Print Shop  Students (soft launch?)  Others? 21
    21. 21. Online version Download to print or offer as file Buy hard copy Online View
    22. 22. Sample Chapter Navigate table of contents Key terms link to definition
    23. 23. Digital Repositories  A system to store and manage a variety of digital resources where the content is:  created once  stored once  used or repurposed multiple times  Facilitates discovery of resources  Users can link to OR download resources  Users can add resources
    24. 24. Repositories
    25. 25. Evaluating Titles  Plan the class  Choose the parts of the textbook that fit  Add other open resources or additional textbooks 26 26 Flickr wockerjabby
    26. 26. 3 Adoption and Use
    27. 27. 3 Adopt and Use 28  Choose the parts of the textbook that fit your course, rather than letting the textbook drive curriculum design and syllabus. 28
    28. 28. 29 3 Adoption Paths  Soft Launch  Use for readings and homework only  Use only in classroom  Use in the Learning Management System  Use for remediation (prior level textbook)  Use for lifelong learning, dual enrollment, K-20 initiatives, grants… 29 From Flickr ronk53
    29. 29. Learning & Training
    30. 30. Join In  College Open Textbooks Community http://collegeopentextbooks.ning.com  OpenTextbook AdvocateTrainers Learning Stream for College Campus OER Promoters http://opentextbookadvocatetrainers.ning.com
    31. 31. Ken Ronkowitz is the Director of the Writing Initiative at PCCC and an Advocate/Trainer as part of the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources oerconsortium.org Open Textbook Adoption Presentation available at http://www.slideshare.net/ronko4
    32. 32. For more information and updates http://pccc.libguides.com/etextbook s 33

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