Commercial Textbooks Present Challenges in a Virtual Environment | Library

“As we approach the fall 2020 semester, library staff are working hard to provide alternative access to the print course reserves collection. …However, this work is hampered by textbook publishers who do not provide electronic purchasing options for libraries. Approximately 85% of existing course textbooks are simply unavailable to libraries in any other format than print. …

We are working with instructors to explore and identify viable textbook alternatives, including…Adopting an open educational resource (OER). OERs are freely available educational materials that are openly licensed to allow for re-use and modification by instructors….”

Commercial Textbooks Present Challenges in a Virtual Environment | Library

“As we approach the fall 2020 semester, library staff are working hard to provide alternative access to the print course reserves collection. …However, this work is hampered by textbook publishers who do not provide electronic purchasing options for libraries. Approximately 85% of existing course textbooks are simply unavailable to libraries in any other format than print. …

We are working with instructors to explore and identify viable textbook alternatives, including…Adopting an open educational resource (OER). OERs are freely available educational materials that are openly licensed to allow for re-use and modification by instructors….”

Crafting an OER network in Ghana using IndieWeb building blocks – Open Repositories 2021

“Many students are unable to finish their first degrees due to the high cost of higher education in Ghana. Many universities in Ghana lacks access to rich online educational materials to provide an alternative learning module for students who can not afford the standard university education.

This poster focuses on how we are using IndieWeb building blocks to help students and educators to create Open Educational resources. Our program provides free personal websites to students and educators to curate and create OERs on their own websites, the community then write or remix these resources to develop collections of community-approved OER….”

IOPN to launch textbook series with titles by Wong, Wolske

“The Illinois Open Publishing Network is excited to announce the upcoming release of two open access textbooks, Instruction in Libraries and Information Centers: An Introduction by Laura Saunders and iSchool Adjunct Lecturer Melissa A. Wong and A Person-Centered Guide to Demystifying Technology by iSchool Teaching Assistant Professor Martin Wolske. These textbooks represent the first in the Windsor & Downs Press series OPN Textbooks, which seeks to publish high-quality open access textbooks for higher education across the disciplines. …”

Caribbean Regional: Using Open Educational Resources for Online Learning – 2 | MOOCs For Development

“With the declaration of COVID-19 as a global pandemic in March 2020, school campuses were closed. Governments in most developing and developed countries have consequently recommended moving teaching and learning online. Even when campuses re-open, teachers and learners will probably need to continue to practice physical distancing and will need to continue to do some work online. This course, targeting teachers of primary and secondary schools, uses contemporary learning design and accessible technology to introduce participants to using Open Educational Resources for some aspects of online learning provision. …”

Project aims to alleviate textbook costs for university students in Atlantic Canada | CBC News

“The Council of Atlantic University Libraries provided the initial investment with the hopes of creating a free online public domain for hosting and publishing open educational resources, meaning post-secondary students would have access to online textbooks, videos, digital images and supplemental materials. …”

Open Textbook Network to Change Name to ‘Open Education Network’ – Open Education Network

“This summer, the Open Textbook Network (open.umn.edu/oen) is changing its name to the Open Education Network (OEN), a change that better reflects the broad scope of the community.

Looking ahead, the OEN will focus on building open educational practices to support faculty in contributing to their field by sharing and improving open educational resources. This will be accomplished through programmatic support for the work faculty, librarians and others are doing to strengthen their open education programs, including open pedagogy—the engagement of students as creators of open educational resources (OER).

The OEN will also lead the development of faculty disciplinary communities of practice, and partner with organizations to localize and customize OER.

The Open Textbook Library will continue to be a comprehensive global resource for openly licensed textbooks….”

On the Impossibility of the Community-based Production of Learning Content – iterating toward openness

“This means that “we’ve still not really cracked a community based production model for learning content” is likely a dramatic understatement of the problem. There’s a good argument to be made that a community based production model for learning content isn’t actually possible. Yes, it might be possible to set up a system where some people will contribute small pieces of learning content to a repository, but for the reasons described above those small pieces will never see adoption at scale due to problems relating to integration and coherence. And we should consider any production model that results in the creation of learning content that goes unused to be a failed model.”