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SwissEduc - Methodik und Didaktik - Lösen E-Books bald herkömmliche Schulbücher ab?

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Flexbooks - Lehrmittel bald nur noch digital?!


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Where Students Read Textbooks FREE | Flat World Knowledge

Where Students Read Textbooks FREE | Flat World Knowledge | digital-e-textbook | Scoop.it

Flat World Knowledge is a publisher of college-level open textbooks and educational supplements, with over 74 textbooks in development or published.  It utilizes traditional author acquisition, peer-review, and creative processes,  then offers every textbook published for free using online delivery under the open content paradigm. Educator teaching supplements and materials consistent with industry norms are available, also at no charge.  Check its website: http://www.flatworldknowledge.com/


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SwissEduc - Methodik und Didaktik - Lösen E-Books bald herkömmliche Schulbücher ab?

SwissEduc - Methodik und Didaktik - Lösen E-Books bald herkömmliche Schulbücher ab? | digital-e-textbook | Scoop.it

Flexbooks - Lehrmittel bald nur noch digital?!


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Digital textbooks are taking the weight off students' backs - The Daily Athenaeum

Digital textbooks are taking the weight off students' backs - The Daily Athenaeum | digital-e-textbook | Scoop.it
Digital textbooks are taking the weight off students' backsThe Daily AthenaeumDigital textbooks are gaining popularity on college campuses across the country. In response, publishers have begun testing the waters for a potential market.
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Interesting model for licensing open textbooks at Virginia State Uni 's Business School

Interesting model for licensing open textbooks at Virginia State Uni 's Business School | digital-e-textbook | Scoop.it

If I'm understanding this right, it seems that the Business School of Virginia State University is publishing all its teaching materials as OERs under Creative Commons licences (available at http://www.flatworldknowledge.com), but that fee-paying students also have the option to access digital, off-line versions of all the materials, on a seat licence basis that has been negotiated with the publishers.

This seems like a good way for an institution to add value for its enrolled students - and one part of the answer to the question: "Why would students bother to enrol and pay fees if all the materials are online?" - albeit a small part: I'd imagine the greater attraction for students is the learning support and accreditation provided by the institution.


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OERs for K-12 in USA: passion-based learning around a standards-based body of knowledge?

A California-based initiative to replace textbooks in schools (K-12) with free, open-source, digital materials called "flexbooks", enabling teachers to access teaching materials in a range of subjects (primarily the STEM subjects at the moment, but with plans afoot to increase the range), and edit them to meet their own particular learners' needs. All materials are published under a Creative Commons, Attribution, Share-Alike licence.

The CK-12 website states that “content generated by CK-12 and the CK-12 community will serve both as source material for a student’s learning and provide an adaptive environment that scaffolds the learner’s journey as he or she masters a standards-based body of knowledge, while allowing for passion-based learning."

The target audience (from the blurb on the CK-12 website - http://www.ck12.org/flexbook) is teachers, and teachers are encouraged to remix materials as needed to create "books" that can either be printed or read online. A future plan is to offer a printing-on-demand service - in the meantime, users are referred to sites such as blurb.com, or lulu.com, if they want to get the printing professionally done.

I think it's a nice concept, although I'm wondering whether the heavy emphasis on curriculum standards is what schoolchildren need in the 21st century. One of the selling points of the flexbooks is that they are quality assured to meet state curriculum standards: this creates an interesting incongruence in that, while the flexbooks are published under Share-Alike licences, there is no provision for teachers or other users to release their reworked materials to the same platform. Teachers are invited to submit their own materials for review and inclusion, but this level of curation is not consistent with the SA licence. For me, "passion-based learning" sits uncomfortably with "standards-based knowledge".

Via Michael Gorman, 21st Century Educational Technology & Learning (http://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com/2011/06/04/part-2-the-digital-curriculum-textbook-to-flexbook-free-open-source-engaging/)


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4 West Valley school districts could adopt 'FlexBooks' - Arizona Republic

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4 West Valley school districts could adopt 'FlexBooks'Arizona Republic17, 2012 08:10 AM Four West Valley school districts hope to be the first in Arizona to adopt "FlexBooks," customizable digital textbooks that they say can cost significantly less...


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