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Open textbook publishing

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When College Writing Online was hidden behind a publisher paywall and not widely adopted, I became dissatisfied with the traditional publication model. By signing away my copyright to Pearson in exchange for an advance, I’d lost control of my work. When Pearson returned copyright to me in 2008, however, I had a second chance

 


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Clint Lalonde's curator insight, September 25, 2013 1:35 AM

One open textbook authors story of getting the copyright back from a publisher, then self-publishing his book as an open textbook. Love how he talks about wanting to develop a community around his book, and particiapte in collaborative authorship.

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Articles discussing Open Access to academic publication.
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RUSC. Universities and Knowledge Society Journal

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RUSC. Universities and Knowledge Society Journal. Revista de Universidad y Sociedad del conocimiento
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With a special section on OERs in Oceania

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OER Impact Map

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Join us in building understanding of open education
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Interesting project to map the impact of OERs. Uses a dynamic map to allow you to drill into the data.

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Fixing the Broken Textbook Market | U.S. PIRG

Fixing the Broken Textbook Market | U.S. PIRG | Open Access and OER | Scoop.it
This study demonstrates that despite recent steps forward in the marketplace, high textbook costs will continue to be a problem for students unless the cost of high-priced, new editions of college textbooks comes down.

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The bottom line for many students is the cost of education.

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Clint Lalonde's curator insight, January 28, 12:02 PM

"Nearly half of all students surveyed said that the cost of textbooks impacted how many/which classes they took each semester."

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How Open Licensing Can Improve Teacher Professional Development And Textbook Quality | FunnyMonkey

How Open Licensing Can Improve Teacher Professional Development And Textbook Quality | FunnyMonkey | Open Access and OER | Scoop.it
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Arguing against spending money with corporates to license text books and training materials and that schools should group together to create open materials available for all.

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OERs and Open Online Courses

Discussion of the role of OERs in MOOCs, with particular attention to the MOOC we are offering with UdeM in French on OERs (RELs in French). Originally planned
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Stephen Downes slides on the OERs in Moocs and the design principles of a cMooc.

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Open textbook publishing

Open textbook publishing | Open Access and OER | Scoop.it

When College Writing Online was hidden behind a publisher paywall and not widely adopted, I became dissatisfied with the traditional publication model. By signing away my copyright to Pearson in exchange for an advance, I’d lost control of my work. When Pearson returned copyright to me in 2008, however, I had a second chance

 


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Clint Lalonde's curator insight, September 25, 2013 1:35 AM

One open textbook authors story of getting the copyright back from a publisher, then self-publishing his book as an open textbook. Love how he talks about wanting to develop a community around his book, and particiapte in collaborative authorship.

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What do FutureLearn’s Terms and Conditions say about open content?

What do FutureLearn’s Terms and Conditions say about open content? | Open Access and OER | Scoop.it
ETA If you want to review yesterday’s twitter discussion about FutureLearn’s Terms and Conditions, Martin Hawksey has now set up one of his fabulous TAGSExplorer twitter archives here.
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Lorna Campbell comments on the lack of Open in FutureLearns terms & conditions.

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PLOS Biology: An Introduction to Social Media for Scientists

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PLOS Biology is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal that features works of exceptional significance in all areas of biological science, from molecules to ecosystems, including works at the interface with other disciplines.

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World wide web creator sees open access future for academic publishing

World wide web creator sees open access future for academic publishing | Open Access and OER | Scoop.it
Activists pushing for free, open access to academic papers will eventually defeat publishers who seek to lock scholarly findings behind paywalls, the founder of the world wide web said today.Sir Tim…
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Tim Berners-Lee believes that Open Access will become the norm. I wonder how long it will take and how many storms will be endured along the way? While many journals are providing an OA option, I think that there will be some push back soon.

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Open Science: digging deeper into the assumptions that underpin openness and Web 2.0

Open Science: digging deeper into the assumptions that underpin openness and Web 2.0 | Open Access and OER | Scoop.it
Benedikt Fecher and Sascha Friesike take a closer look at the assumptions that underpin perspectives on scholarly communication and the benefits of communicating more openly with non-experts. Ultim...

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SCAP Outputs - Changing Research Communication Practices and Open Scholarship: A Framework for Analysis | OpenUCT

SCAP Outputs - Changing Research Communication Practices and Open Scholarship: A Framework for Analysis | OpenUCT | Open Access and OER | Scoop.it

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“It's A Wild Ride!” Barbara Illowsky on the Journey of Collaborative Statistics

“It's A Wild Ride!” Barbara Illowsky on the Journey of Collaborative Statistics | Open Access and OER | Scoop.it
Winner of the 2013 OCWC  Educator Award for OpenCourseWare Excellence (ACE) for her work with Susan Dean on creating the open textbook Collaborative Statistics, it was my pleasure to speak with Bar...

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A good rationale on using CC-BY rather thatn CC-BY-NC when publishing open textbooks.

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Clint Lalonde's curator insight, January 9, 6:14 PM

“I wanted to talk about commercial aspects … So one of the interesting comments we have, is how could you not put the NC on your license, how could you agree to a CC-BY because somebody else can take your work and make money. That’s true but if we didn’t put that BY on there, there wouldn’t be other innovations. So, for example, another college… their bookstore wouldn’t be able to sell the book because they earn a profit on the hard copy of it. WebAssign … Collaborative Statistics was the first Open Ed Resource that they hooked up with to do a homework system with. Before they were working only with major publishers. But when I was starting to present at national conferences, and faculty said I love this book but I would never adopt it because I don’t want to go back to grading homework … The trade-off of a student spending $200 for a book that comes with a homework grading system, or me having to grade homework, they are going to buy the book.

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Textbook project via internet

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[image]Academics on both sides of the Tasman, led by University of Otago senior lecturer Dr Erika Pearson, have joined forces in an innovative project to create an electronic textbook in a single weekend.

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Clint Lalonde's curator insight, November 18, 2013 2:36 PM

Weekend textbook hakathon to create an introductory media studies textbook in a weekend. The project is an experiment in the production of open educational resources in New Zealand, and participants are also preparing another work, a ''cookbook'' designed to help others with methods to tackle more free-access textbook projects in future.

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University course trades textbook for Raspberry Pi

University course trades textbook for Raspberry Pi | Open Access and OER | Scoop.it
Luis Ibanez shares his presentation for University level higher education courses teaching students how to run a web server with Python and a Raspberry Pi.

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Constructionist and project based, using Openness to develop computer skills.

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A troubling result from publishing open access articles with CC-BY | You're the Teacher

A troubling result from publishing open access articles with CC-BY | You're the Teacher | Open Access and OER | Scoop.it
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Christina Hendricks ponders the CC-BY conundrum - how open are we comfortable with? Citing the example of Apple making bucks from others CC-BY work as well as adjusting the text, she explores the dilemmas if we respond by adding NC, ND & SA to the deed.

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Report Released by GAO Demonstrates the Need for Open Textbooks - Creative Commons

Report Released by GAO Demonstrates the Need for Open Textbooks - Creative Commons | Open Access and OER | Scoop.it

"textbook costs to students at higher education institutions are rising 6% per year on average, and have risen 82% over the last decade."


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Aaron Swartz, JSTOR: MIT can honor the Internet activist by fighting to make academic journals open to everyone.

Aaron Swartz, JSTOR: MIT can honor the Internet activist by fighting to make academic journals open to everyone. | Open Access and OER | Scoop.it
Beginning in the fall of 2010, Aaron Swartz repeatedly logged on to MIT’s campus network and used an automated script to download nearly 5 million articles from JSTOR, one of the largest digital archives of scholarly journals in the world.
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Why MIT should go fully open access within 3 years and dedicate a fund to enable OA journals to publish. Only when the major universities genuinely move to total OA will the rest follow.

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