Category Archives: Open textbooks

Science and Biology Open Textbooks from BCcampus

Sue Schmidt, the NANSLO/CHEO project coordinator for WICHE sent along some great links to openly licensed science and biology textbooks from BCcampus. I think the books and the model of peer review they are following could become of particular interest … Continue reading

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Open Textbooks in the Humboldt State Library

The library at Humboldt State University provides online research guides for students in nearly all disciplines (seriously, it even includes Kinesiology). Our new Library Dean and open textbook guru, Cyril Oberlander set Tim Miller and Sarah Fay Philips to work on … Continue reading

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Death of the Book Redux

Wittgenstein (from Wikipedia)  I don’t know if this is related to climate change or the polar vortex, but the yearly declaration that the book is dead or dying is early this year. Naomi S. Baron, in her article “How E-Reading … Continue reading

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Open Textbooks and Student Success

Cable Green (Photo: Jeffrey Beall) The tirelessly brilliant and ubiquitous Cable Green sent out today’s announcement from Creative Commons about the U.S. PIRG Education Fund report called, “Fixing the Broken Textbook Market: How Students Respond to High Textbook Costs and Demand … Continue reading

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Durbin, Franken Introduce Legislation to Help Make College Textbooks More Affordable

U.S. Senator Richard Durbin, Ill.  The cost of new textbooks has increased 82%, three times faster than inflation, over the last decade. [WASHINGTON, DC] – U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Al Franken (D-MN) today introduced legislation designed to help … Continue reading

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Open Ed 13: How to Make It Work for Faculty: A study of how Washington Community and Technical Colleges Use Oer

Boyoung Chae and Connie Broughton discuss the Open Course Library for Washington State’s   Community and Technical Colleges. “While new open educational resources are being continuously created, little data exists on how faculty in higher education actually use and perceive open … Continue reading

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Open Textbooks and the Student Debt Crisis

Loans (Photo credit: zingbot) Daniel De Vise at The Washington Post reported that student loan debt is now at “$870 billion nationally, surpassing the nation’s outstanding balance on auto loans ($730 billion) and credit cards ($693 billion).” This is according … Continue reading

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OER: Neuro-Cloud: a new model of textbooks

I am really excited about Neuro-Cloud. I heard about it in a tweet from Creative Commons this morning and went to take a look. This is a textbook that is being created by a community of neuroscientists who first began … Continue reading

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OER: Saylor Foundation’s New Bookshelf

Saylor Foundation The Saylor Foundation is making spirits bright and starting the New Year right by ensuring that openly licensed, free textbooks remain freely available to students. You may have seen their press release. Their “Bookshelf” page is already up … Continue reading

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Creative Commons Turns 10!

Cable Green (Photo: DTKindler Photo)  This note just in from the ubiquitous Cable Green: As I’m sure you know, this year is Creative Commons’ 10th Birthday! Starting this Friday, we’ll be launching into a 10-day frenzy of celebrations leading up … Continue reading

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