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June 29 2015

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Tony Bates

I have now received the three independent reviews I requested for my open, online textbook for faculty and instructors, called ‘Teaching in a Digital Age‘. These are now published, alongside and as part of the book, as Appendix 4. The process used to obtain the reviews can be seen here: The independent review process. A […]

Independent reviews of Teaching in a Digital Age now published

Independent reviews of Teaching in a Digital Age now published

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I have now received the three independent reviews I requested for my open, online textbook for faculty a…
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__Thanks, Tony, for what many of us might consider a ‘master class’ in “Writing an open textbook: tracking an author’s perspective” which began Feb. 2 2014 with a series of posts __ http://www.tonybates.ca/2014/02/02/writing-an-open-textbook-tracking-an-authors-perspective/ __ ‘Why I decided to try open publishing” _ http://www.tonybates.ca/2014/02/04/why-i-decided-to-try-open-publishing/ _ “My vision for an open textbook” _ http://www.tonybates.ca/2014/02/18/my-vision-for-an-open-textbook/ _ “Getting started in writing an open textbook” _ http://www.tonybates.ca/2014/03/03/getting-started-in-writing-an-open-textbook/

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    • Thanks, Don. Lots more to learn though!

 

__The 3 excellent Reviews of Tony Bates’ open textbook, Teaching in a Digital Age, are very comprehensive and constructive, although they do not directly respond to the BCcampus review criteria, nor comment on the user experience of the Pressbook platform and the design limitations of conversions into a ‘printable’ pdf fixed page format __ www bccampus ca/files/2013/10/BC-Open-Textbooks-Review-Criteria_Oct2013.pdf _

http://opentextbc.ca/teachinginadigitalage/chapter/the-independent-review-process/

Guidelines for the review
Commercial publishers, when commissioning reviewers, usually send a letter or a standard document that sets out guidelines for reviewing a book in its first, full draft before printing and distribution, to ensure both consistency between reviewers, and to identify to reviewers what the publisher is looking for. Although sometimes the publishing editor will require responses to elements that are specific to a particular book, there are also a number of guidelines that are generic.
The situation is somewhat different for a self-published textbook, where it is the responsibility of the author to decide whether to get independent reviews and if so, to provide appropriate guidelines to the reviewers. Although I encouraged reviewers to use their own criteria, I sent them some suggested guidelines, set out below, adapted from the guidelines used by BCcampus for external reviewers of open textbooks:

1. To what extent is the book successful in meeting the needs of its primary market (faculty and instructors)?

2. Does the book meet the requirements of a scholarly work? Is it research and evidence-based, and does it provide a critical analysis of the key issues in the field?

3. Does it provide evidence-based, practical guidelines for faculty and instructors that will help them improve their teaching?

4. Does it cover adequately the main contemporary issues in teaching in a digital age?

5. Is the book well written? Does it read well? Is it well organized and structured? Are there errors of grammar or serious typographical errors? Are the graphics and cases appropriately chosen?

6. What major changes, if any, are needed before you can recommend this book? What minor changes would you like to see?

7. If this book were to be offered to a commercial publisher, would you recommend it for publication?

Each of the book reviews is published separately, as received, in the following sections.


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__Publishers that pursue transformation strategies and successfully reinvent themselves as software companies will thrive, propelled by the value of their content assets and skills. The publishers that successfully shift their internal cultures to be technology-driven, rather than editorial-driven, will more quickly adopt methods and practices that favor the transition from publishing to software. These companies will, in turn, attract better talent. And the virtuous cycle will accelerate. __ https://lnkd.in/eXX5Ejy

Tipping the Editorial Apple Cart

Tipping the Editorial Apple Cart

digitalbookworld.comIn the second post in a three-part series, Inkling co-founder and CEO Matt MacInnis calls for overhauling corporate cultures that empower editors unduly.

 

__A review from a digital education perspective: Digital Education Strategies, Ryerson University “Ultimately, because of the book’s open format, readers may take from it that which best suits their own learning needs, their professional style and their teaching context.” _Ideally, an Open Textbook is created with ‘open design’ principles throughout the creative and publishing process to enable alternate uses __ https://lnkd.in/ef-pXeE

Teaching in a Digital Age

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By Leonora Zefi and the team at Digital Education Strategies,  the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education,  Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, …


 

__Appendix 4: Independent commissioned reviews – The independent review process – Commercial versus open publishing __Each of the book reviews is published separately, as received, in the following sections. __ https://lnkd.in/ezGajsY

Teaching in a Digital Age _ Tony Bates

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Usually, before publishing an academic book or a textbook, commercial publishers will seek independent reviews at two stages of the process: when an …

 

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Paul Weiner
5 top career tips for illustrators

5 top career tips for illustrators

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Illustrator Kiri Østergaard Leonard gets advice from top artists on making a career out of art.


 

__“By connecting small and medium-sized businesses with larger companies, academic resources and our world-leading researchers, this collaborative program will make Ontario more innovative, productive and competitive.” said Reza Moridi, Ontario’s Minister of Research and Innovation and Minister of Training Colleges and Universities.__ https://lnkd.in/exF9Wuk

Two major Canadian innovation centres partnering up to fund technology

Two major Canadian innovation centres partnering up to fund technology

betakit.com   Ontario Centres of Excellence and Canada’s Centre of Excellence are partnering up to accelerate the com…


 

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Sandeep Ahuja

Press Release: W3C MathML 3.0 Approved as ISO/IEC International Standa

Press Release: W3C MathML 3.0 Approved as ISO/IEC International Standard

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Today the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), together with the Joint Techni…


 

Reading from Paper or Reading from Screens. What do Consumer Prefer?

__There are clear concerns that switching from printed books to digital methods is affecting education: 68% believe that books are more likely to encourage learning and the development of other skills than using screens __ https://lnkd.in/ec_rShY

Reading from Paper or Reading from Screens. What do Consumer Prefer?

Reading from Paper or Reading from Screens. What do Consumer Prefer?

twosidesna.org     Survey highlights that 88% of respondents indicated that they understood, retained or used information …


 

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Tony Bates

I’m not sure that there is much of an immediate ‘market’ for these posts on issues around developing an open textbook (or maybe everyone is sensibly enjoying the summer), but for those who may in the future be contemplating self-publishing a textbook, I though it may be helpful to draw on my experience in authoring […]

Guidelines for reviewing an open textbook

Guidelines for reviewing an open textbook

tonybates.ca    I’m not sure that there is much of an immediate ‘market’ for these posts on issues around developing an open textbook (or maybe everyone is sensibly …


 

__By the numbers: 68% of Ontario post-secondary students on OSAP – $22,207 = average debt of a graduate of a four-year university graduate – $13,063 = average debt of a two-year college graduate __ https://lnkd.in/eTiGuJJ

Ontario promises to increase student aid by rate of inflation | Toront

Ontario promises to increase student aid by rate of inflation | Toront

thestar.com   Starting September 2015, the province will be the first in Canada to raise the limit on student loans, and wil…

 

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Ontario promises to increase student aid by rate of inflation | Toronto Star

Ontario promises to increase student aid by rate of inflation | Toronto Star

sqz.co   Starting September 2015, the province will be the first in Canada to raise the limit on student loans, and will off…


 

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Brian Jacobs

Thrilled to close “seed prime” with Zen Group and welcome Jack Chorowsky & Rafael Mayer to the panOpen board: http://goo.gl/meaFIp

panOpen Announces $1.5M Investment, Names Board Members

benzinga.com   Financing brings total seed investment to $3M; board members provide expertise in education and finance. New York, NY (PRWEB…


__“Almost all educators surveyed (97%) use some form of digital content including Free/open-educational resources (used by 71% of respondents), with more than 50% using apps/websites/digital games in classrooms” __ https://lnkd.in/eXNQ2Jz

New Survey Shows 97% of Educators Use Some Form of Digital Content, bu

New Survey Shows 97% of Educators Use Some Form of Digital Content, but Frequency Lags

hmhco.com BOSTON – June 24, 2015 – Global learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) announced today …

 

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

New Survey Shows 97% of Educators Use Some Form of Digital Content, but Frequency Lags – http://spr.ly/6011BBpCH

New Survey Shows 97% of Educators Use Some Form of Digital Content, but Frequency Lags

New Survey Shows 97% of Educators Use Some Form of Digital Content, but Frequency Lags

hmhco.com BOSTON – June 24, 2015 – Global learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) announced today …
  1. Curtis Johnson, Certified New Product Manager

    Good thought piece with understandable insights. The assessment of “visibly challenging, with new standards and technology driving both anxiety and optimism” of teachers is valid in the classrooms and teachers’ lounges I frequent.

Ned Colley

90% of that 97% use digital content only when they’re checking their emails in between classes! It needs to increase by means of the actual content. Hard cover texts should not even be in discussion anymore. Move it all to digital content!

Elizabeth Wolfe, CPLP

This is an incredibly insightful report, and I greatly look forward to next year’s findings–particularly the comparisons to this inaugural report. Fascinating read!


 

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Maree Conway

Now here’s a question we need to answer: Can we design trust between humans and artificial intelligence?

Can We Design Trust Between Humans and Artificial Intelligence?

Can We Design Trust Between Humans and Artificial Intelligence?

fastcodesign.com  The successful adaptation of AI requires empathy on the part of both people and computers, …


 

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Robert Martellacci M.A. EdTech

Education #startups find profit in re-examining the way we teach children http://t.co/n04G4Z5koy via @financialpost @marsdd @C21Can

Education startups find profit in re-examining the way we teach children

Education startups find profit in re-examining the way we teach children

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JUMP Math aims to produce evidence-based classroom math programs and believes an


 

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McGraw-Hill Education

In this recorded webinar our Senior Fellow of Digital Learning, Dr. Ulrik Christensen, explores future opportunities for adaptive learning technology in K-20 education and beyond: https://lnkd.in/etgSKTa

Adaptive Learning and the Future

Adaptive Learning and the Future

youtube.com  Dr. Christensen has been a pioneer in the field of adaptive learning since realizing the opportunity simulations could provide to surgeons wishing to practice th…


__Vickery Bowles, city librarian for the Toronto Public Library, “said she understands that publishers are facing a “challenging business environment.” Libraries are fine with paying a higher price for e-books than consumers, she added. They’re just looking for a pricing model that’s more reasonable and flexible.” __ https://lnkd.in/eEG8hsS

E-book prices marked up too high, libraries protest

E-book prices marked up too high, libraries protest

cbc.ca   Why aren’t there more e-books on your library’s virtual shelves? Libraries say it’s because publishers are so…


 

BCcampus is the Canadian model to visualize when reading the OER Implementation Strategy of this Cohort.

__for perspective, Designers/Editorial would compare BCcampus Open Textbooks against the course resources Faculty currently use, a model to visualize when reading OER Implementation Strategy Document [ docs google com document d 1IYDeAmw3aMxuqpfEr_7BEwM5FJiqqX1S4dzPJZQqwTY edit ] _ Challenged by Absence of Standards, David Wiley comments _”The idea of standards here terrifies me a little.”


 

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Valore Inc.

A comprehensive guide to reselling your textbooks online

How to Sell Textbooks - The Ultimate Guide for Selling College Books

How to Sell Textbooks – The Ultimate Guide for Selling College Books

valorebooks.com    A comprehensive guide to reselling your textbooks online: Learn more about your options for making …

Don Gorges

  1. __“the average US college student spends about $1,200 on textbooks and other supplies.” as per Textbook Economics 101 _ ironic lack of factual accuracy in this “educational resource” [ see Phil Hill series on Textbook spending ]


 

__“Our studies and other studies show that people overestimate the cost of higher education and underestimate the earning premium that they will achieve as a result of attending a university,” he said. __ https://lnkd.in/eSw2tDN

‘Too fixated on the price tag': Universities Canada president says tui

‘Too fixated on the price tag’: Universities Canada president says

 

metronews.ca   The president of Universities Canada is “disregarding the realities” of today’s student by referring to t…


 

__“Gale is following guidelines set by the National Information Standards Organization Open Discovery Initiative (ODI) and Knowledge Base and Related Tools (KBART) initiative to promote transparency in discovery and shape future activity. Gale is also putting resources behind helping libraries set up and optimize services by developing guides and other useful information. These activities are making it easier to discover Gale content in the library and improve researcher workflow.” __ https://lnkd.in/eiyFr5Z

Gale Expands Relationship with Google and Discovery Services

news.cengage.comIndexing millions of pages of content with Google and library discovery services for easier access …


 

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Cara Yarzab

Video Game Industry Gives Education a Reboot at E3 2015 (EdSurge News)

Video Game Industry Gives Education a Reboot at E3 2015 (EdSurge News)

edsurge.com   If games are fun, and learning should be fun, then the logic of association would suggest that games and …


 

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Thomas Lockwood, PhD

One can argue that examining nearly 5,000 products from 56 countries in one place at one time will give a pretty good snapshot view of global product design. But beyond individual products, I also looked for bigger patterns. From this I’ve identified five trends in global product design. #technology

5 Trends Spotted At The Olympics Of Product Design | Lockwood Resource

5 Trends Spotted At The Olympics Of Product Design | Lockwood Resource

lockwoodresource.com    A shorter version of this post ran in Fast Company Design.


 

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Tony Bates

What is the issue? One of the questions I had to ask myself as a self-publishing author of Teaching in a Digital Age was whether I needed my book to be independently reviewed before publication. If so, would the same criteria need to be used as if I was publishing commercially? What is the usual […]

Obtaining independent reviews for an open textbook: what criteria to use?

Obtaining independent reviews for an open textbook: what criteria to use?

tonybates.ca   One of the questions I had to ask myself as a self-publishing author of Teaching in a Digital Age was whet…


 

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Zaner-Bloser

As we approach Father’s Day, we wanted to share a list from About.com Education of the top 10 children’s books about fathers.

Top 10 Children's Books for Father's Day

Top 10 Children’s Books for Father’s Day

k6educators.about.comHere we provide a list of the best books about fathers in children’s literature. Discover wonderful children’s picture books that focus on the Dad. Use these bo…


 

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Online Learning at VSU: An Interview with Art Fridrich

Online Learning at VSU: An Interview with Art Fridrich

Keith Hampson, PhD on LinkedIn   Art Fridrich is the first Director of Distance Education at Virginia State University, wh…


 

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Pressbooks

Pressbooks Releases New Offering for Academic and Library Publishing, Open Education Resources…

pressbooks.com   Pressbooks founder Hugh McGuire announces a new offering for publishing academic, library a…

Don Gorges

  1. __Please describe the new features and functionality that have been built into Pressbooks EDU that weren’t available prior to this announcement. It would be helpful to understand in which ways this new platform could improve BCcampus workflow and results.

__Clint Lalonde, “What Pressbooks EDU means for BCcampus Pressbooks Textbooks” __ http://open.bccampus.ca/2015/06/09/what-pressbooks-edu-means-for-bccampus-pressbooks-textbooks/ __ “In a nutshell, Pressbooks EDU does not change the work we at BCcampus are are doing with Pressbooks.”.


 

__rumours Thanks to imagineer Mark Taormino _ “The iPad needs to move toward more productive uses, and the new specs might just fill a big void. Handwriting is key for students.” __ for me/many, Handwriting has value in thinking / cognitive process that beats captured keystrokes. ultimately we want both handmade and digital simultaneously __ https://lnkd.in/eBKAaXd

iPad Pro: this would be a big step forward as an educational technolog

iPad Pro: this would be a big step forward as an educational technolog

examiner.com   On June 17, 2015, phonearena.com reported that an upcoming fall release of an iPad Pro version…


 

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__Where does Minister of Advanced Education Andrew Wilkinson see the BCcampus Open Textbook program in the next few years? “We’re hoping it continues to expand,” he said, “Now we have to get the instructors to catch onto the idea [. . .] that these materials are every bit as good as the ones available commercially.” _ BCcampus challenge is to show evidence there is equality through detailed comparisons and Faculty reviews of matching pairs of commercial vs.non-commercial educational resources? __ https://lnkd.in/eUthYHk

BC continues to push for open textbooks

BC continues to push for open textbooks

the-peak.ca   SFU students may no longer have to bust open their piggy banks to buy course materials for popular courses. Recently, the Minister of Advanced Education for the…
  1. __Minister Wilkinson expanded, “Our goal is to provide affordable educational tools for students, and if that means we’re going to compete with the academic publishers who revamp textbooks every year or two with essentially the same content, we’re quite happy to compete with them.” __ let’s learn about the economics of Ed. Ministry investing in Educational Resources with no economic value in the marketplace

__October 16, 2012 BC Minister of Advanced Education announces “B.C.’s Families First Agenda, saving each student hundreds of dollars a year or more on textbooks. The open textbooks are expected to be created with input from B.C. faculty, institutions and publishers through an open Request for Proposal process coordinated by BCcampus. Educators will continue to have the option of using other teaching materials in developing curriculum and teaching classes.” __ Executive Director of BCcampus, David Porter, discusses his position against Publishers participation with Tony Bates _ http://www.tonybates.ca/2012/11/02/questions-answered-about-british-columbias-digital-open-textbook-plan/.


 

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Maree Conway

How Should Organizations Actually Go About Digital Transformation?     #digital

How Should Organizations Actually Go About Digital Transformation?

How Should Organizations Actually Go About Digital Transformation?

dionhinchcliffe.com   This is now the question that is top of mind in a large number of enterprises today, as speeding up…


 

 

__Gates Research – U.S. Postsecondary Faculty in 2015 __ “In this section we develop a segmentation analysis to provide insights into varied opinions and behaviors, as the traditional demographic descriptors of faculty are inadequate predictors of adoption.” __ search for www postsecondary gatesfoundation org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/US-Postsecondary-Faculty-in-2015


 

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McGraw-Hill Education

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How digital content and instruction needs are affecting the entire K-12 ed-tech landscape: https://lnkd.in/erq8QHK

Preparing for Content and Instruction in the Digital Learning World

Preparing for Content and Instruction in the Digital Learning World

mheducation.com    McGraw-Hill Education leaders Chris Willig and Heath Morrison connect with educators at Content…

Cindy Salmon

I enjoyed watching this video, it has given me some insight to McGraw Hill and their thorough development of this program!

  • Thank you, Cindy. Direct teacher and student input was a key part of our revision — we learned so much!


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__Keith Hampson – “The danger is that free [educational] content may limit the sector’s ability to sustainably produce and distribute more expensive forms of instructional media and software that offer different types of instructional value – types of value that are simply not possible through the DIY model.” __ Ed. Ministry funds Free Textbooks, result, student ‘savings’ diverted from education sector into other sectors of the economy _ https://lnkd.in/eX3uQvt

The Trajectories of the Fourth Estate and Instructional Media

The Trajectories of the Fourth Estate and Instructional Media

higheredmanagement.net   But the comparison to the music and news industries tends to understate the degree t…

__“The antagonistic, “us versus them” stance taken by some advocates of open content regularly targets the traditional publishing industry.” __among those I follow, that shows up with the David Wiley OER Cohort’s strategy of spreading misinformation to do harm by creating the premise of a crisis through exaggeration i.e. Nicole Allen is [antagonistic] aware of facts but doubles actual $ when telling policymakers “an average student spends $1200”.

Jackie Dulson

I have been reading your posts on that issue. My impression at the conference was simply concern and a bit of frustration from a lack of understanding of the reasons behind some of the work flow in traditional textbook publishing. It seemed to me more a matter of lack of awareness to the point of not knowing what questions to ask (on both sides), so there was a bit of reinventing of the wheel going on. I felt a positive vibe, in that both “sides” have common goals and are learning from each other. I imagine that once people have rolled up their sleeves and started to work on a project, the perspectives and experience of everyone will gain more respect.


 

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Tony Bates

Accredited Schools Online: A Guide to Online Schools I don’t usually promote any of the many online sites recommending online schools, because they are usually a front for advertising for-profit schools such as University of Phoenix, Walden and Kaplan. Although programs from these more established for-profit schools can be very good and just right for certain […]

A reliable guide to online schools and colleges in the USA

A reliable guide to online schools and colleges in the USA

tonybates.caI don’t usually promote any of the many online sites recommending online schools, because they ar…

Paula Morais

  1. Thanks for sharing!

  2. __Thanks Tony. I was thinking of trends-directions online education resources in Ontario, recently online, Teachonline.ca – Contact North Thunder Bay Ontario – MTCU Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities __Teachonline Trends & Directions __ 5 Ways Online Learning is Enabling Change in Post-Secondary Education __ “A New Pedagogy is Emerging… and Online Learning is a Key Contributing Factor” __ http://teachonline.ca/trends-directions/evolving-pedagogy/5-ways-online-learning-enabling-change-post-secondary-educatio-0 __


 

__”3Bling has a ring true it” – “3Bling – there’s a ring to it” _ The Book Industry Guild of New York invites you to enter your publication for the 29th Annual New York Book Show. This event encourages, recognizes, and celebrates excellence in book design, production and manufacturing. __ The entry fees are: $45 for a Cover or Jacket Series _ 5. SCHOOL PUBLISHING Books in this category are textbooks intended for classroom use and are purchased by schools and/or undergraduate students _Search _ bookindustryguildofny org annual events book show _


 

__“Be open-minded. Be curious. Keep learning.” __ https://lnkd.in/e3eCqW6

Industry Insights: Mark Roberts RGD

Industry Insights: Mark Roberts RGD

rgd.caWhere do you look for job-related inspiration? I think we gain the most inspiration by exploring ideas beyond the immediate context of our discipline – to see what consumers…


 

__BCcampus Open Textbooks displayed at Open Textbook Summit supports presentation by Hugh McGuire on PressBooks Open Textbooks __ Presentation search _ “Open Textbooks, Free Audiobooks and Open Networks of Creation – Pressbooks” __ “But Pressbooks also has a kind of Trojan horse built into it: every book is, by default, native to the web.” _ Print is an issue.

  1. __Open Textbooks, Free Audiobooks and Open Networks of Creation – Pressbooks _ http://pressbooks.com/blog/open-textbooks-free-audiobooks-and-open-networks-of-creation/ __ “There are of course other platforms doing similar things now … but this is what Pressbooks was built for — to make that technical part of creating books — the PDFs, the EPUBs, the MOBIs — easy.”

__Hugh McGuire -“Though there is an important question of sustainability of the ecosystem that needs to be worked out, here are 6 principles I think are necessary for the success of a truly vibrant Open Textbook Ecosystem: This is exactly what BCcampus has done” __ __ https://lnkd.in/eX9FqAr __

Hugh McGuire on PressBooks Open Textbooks, Open Textbook Summit

pressbooks.com   This is the transcript of a presentation I did at the Open Textbook Summit in Vancouver, on May 29, 2015. How I got here: LibriVox In 2…

Don Gorges

  1. __Tony Bates has written about his experiences as an Author/Self-Publisher using PressBooks in his most recent article in a series “Writing an online, open textbook: is it worth it?” _ http://www.tonybates.ca/2015/06/10/writing-an-online-open-textbook-is-it-worth-it/


 

__Wow, Tony, Thank you for being so articulate in sharing your experiences and perspectives – What a great accomplishment, Congratulations! _ I’ve been following your blogs with deep interest since early days of book development and, through this online journal, you’ve taught us all along the way. __ https://lnkd.in/eWWbDqw

Writing an online, open textbook: is it worth it?

Writing an online, open textbook: is it worth it?

tonybates.ca   In earlier posts, I have discussed how to measure the success of an open, online textbook, Teaching in a Digital Age, and also discussed the costs of developing an…

Don Gorges

  1. __“What did I learn? I used the BCcampus version of Pressbooks, which is an open source, ‘simple book’ production software, built around WordPress. [-] However, next time I would use a graphics designer from the beginning and get original graphics designed properly.” __ makes sense when 80% wish to use the print formatted pdf. _ I expect drama. . . WordPress < WORD/XML > InDesign


 

__Top Tweet on #uofg reads _ Phil Hill “therefore, the University of Guelph is taking steps to release the official mark [OpenEd] in its entirety” _ Lesson: Don’t get @clintlalonde upset – massive (well-deserved) shaming is your only future. _ Clint Lalonde “Would not have been the outcome without response from the open community. And credit to #uofg for responding & reconsidering” __ Likely Michelle Fach realized the confusion with OpenEd designs is inevitable – a license doesn’t impact her communications plan.

  1. __Dismiss the premise that an attempted shaming was called for against colleagues at Open Learning and Education Services who are providing similar services to UofG Faculty and Students as those offered at BCcampus, Dismiss the premise that creative colleagues choosing to build upon commercial educational resources rather than OER, should feel ashamed. The course materials cost to Students is not a barrier to their education, while the quality differences between ©ER and OER are apparent to users.


 

__“What do you think the future holds for the Open Textbook projects? “People are beginning to understand there is another way we can do things in higher Ed. We can actually have some control and empowerment over the way that we do things. – people are going to go back to their institutions with even more interest and with more support and championing for open textbooks within their institutions. A project like Open Textbook really turns the entire model of text book production and procurement right on its head.” Clint Lalonde, Senior Manager (Acting), Open Education

 

__McGraw-Hill Education transitions to digital market – “Five years from now, we’re not going to be talking about the hybrid between print and digital. We’re going to be talking about a hybrid mix of “publisher-created materials” – which I would call highly curated, teacher-created materials, and some folks in the middle that might be OER providers or even student-created materials. If a student-created material works, why wouldn’t we use it? __ https://lnkd.in/ewCFUnU

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    __Q&A with Clint Lalonde, Senior Manager (Acting), Open Education BCcampus – What do you think the future holds for the Open Textbook projects? _ http://bccampus.ca/2015/06/09/open-textbook-summit-2015-bc-has-one-of-the-biggest-open-textbook-projects-in-the-world/


 

__John Maeda [Rhode Island School of Design>KPCB] examines the intersection of design and technology. The report covers trends ranging from the record amounts of funding flowing into design-led startups to M&A activity with major tech corporations. Beyond designers and technologists, the report will appeal to a broad audience. For all of us who use a computer or mobile device, great design is changing how we live and work. This report helps explain why. __ https://lnkd.in/bUFCWKC

Design in Tech Report 2015

Design in Tech Report 2015

slideshare.net   Design has become a game changer in Silicon Valley. Last year, John Maeda joined KPCB as the firm’s first Design Partner, joining from his role as the Presiden…


 

__Tony Bates offers details of the workflow and itemized costs of his book – Teaching in a Digital Age. _ Note: A creative services professionals’ hourly fees are typically calculated at 2 – 2.5 times salary earned. In a sustainable business model, it would be best to develop a budget on the basis of billable hours for each contributor __ https://lnkd.in/e64Drgx

The cost of developing an open textbook: $80,000 – $130,000

The cost of developing an open textbook: $80,000 – $130,000

tonybates.ca   Open textbooks may be free, but they are not without cost. So what  is the cost of developing an open textb…


 

__”I hope the conversation coming from this event is not dedicated to thwarting future attempts to trademark or register OpenEd in other places and spaces. In the same way the field this week criticized Guelph’s trademark of a blend word we use to denote an optimal space for educational resource utility, we should shine the light on ourselves in an effort to understand our specific assumptions and criticisms. Our definition of Open is not sacrosanct.” __ https://lnkd.in/eyPTeYb

Opening the OpenEd Discussion

Opening the OpenEd Discussion

edutechnicalities.com   On June 8, Open Learning & Educational Support (OpenEd) at the University of Guelph  responded to a ‘discussion’ about Guelph’s efforts to officiall…

Don Gorges

  1. __University of Guelph “The UofG was not opposed to sharing the mark more broadly within the post-secondary sector as evidenced by our efforts to provide a license to BC Campus. However, it is evident that the various meanings of the term ‘OpenEd’ will be challenged to co-exist and therefore, the University of Guelph is taking steps to release the official mark in its entirety, although this will make the mark available for others to attempt to make it their official mark or to apply to register it as a traditional trade-mark.”


 

__Paul Stacey sent an email to UoG “Disappointing to see the university pursuing these kinds of abhorrent strategies. Did not receive a reply of any kind.” _ Although, The offer that was made could be seen as a positive outcome – “a permission contract ( $500), [UoG] would allow [BCcampus] to use the term in perpetuity to describe any open education activities in BC that we were associated with.” Am looking forward to see the Design ideas that will come out of new iterations of “open education”.

  1. __Couple of tweets on #uofg that stand out, David Porter ‏@dendroglyph Jun 5 @dkernohan weighs in on the #uofg #opened issue http://followersoftheapocalyp.se/a-note-on-canadian-trademark-law-as-it-applies-to-the-u-of-guelph-opened-mark/ … You’d think common sense might actually show up at some point, there __&__ David Wiley, PhD ‏@opencontent Jun 5 @OpenEdUofG #uofg @uofg You’re going to surrender the OpenEd trademark. Why not do it before the intl community goes from annoyed to angry? __ number of options to fighting over this trademark? it’s open.

__University of Guelph “The UofG was not opposed to sharing the mark more broadly within the post-secondary sector as evidenced by our efforts to provide a license to BC Campus. However, it is evident that the various meanings of the term ‘OpenEd’ will be challenged to co-exist and therefore, the University of Guelph is taking steps to release the official mark in its entirety, although this will make the mark available for others to attempt to make it their official mark or to apply to register it as a traditional trade-mark.”


 

__Tony Bates had a few surprises ” and I certainly didn’t expect [ 80% want ] to use the pdf version. I actually designed the book for online use on a laptop or desktop computer _ maybe one should design for a pdf version from scratch.” __ this has been under discussion for a while __ https://lnkd.in/eWMkQdR

Measuring the success of an open textbook

Measuring the success of an open textbook

tonybates.ca   I have just come back from two days at one of my favourite communities of practice, the British Columbian Educational Technology Users’ Group (ETUG) annual works…


 

__Thanks, Stephen. It’s certainly an interesting story and, as you’ve pointed out, a total anticipated turn of events, though I’m somewhat surprised to find that no one who has voiced their opposition to UoG seems to accept that creating and registering a Trademark for one’s business activities is a Design “Best Practice”. __ https://lnkd.in/eihYKia

Stephen Downes with OpenED Questions for the University of Guelph

Stephen Downes with OpenED Questions for the University of Guelph

downes.ca   Brian Lamb is asking what has crossed his mind _ Why oh why would the University of Guelph feel the n…

Don Gorges

  1. __I expect the University of Guelph will maintain a non-responsive reaction to the many “clueless or even hostile and offensive” questions online _ Brian Lamb posted a few __ “Can you understand why the open ed community finds this trademark to be highly ironic in a clueless sort of way, or even hostile and offensive? Does this give you pause? _ Do you feel the legal fees associated with securing and enforcing this trademark are a judicious use of increasingly scarce funds by a public post-secondary institution?”

__University of Guelph “The UofG was not opposed to sharing the mark more broadly within the post-secondary sector as evidenced by our efforts to provide a license to BC Campus. However, it is evident that the various meanings of the term ‘OpenEd’ will be challenged to co-exist and therefore, the University of Guelph is taking steps to release the official mark in its entirety, although this will make the mark available for others to attempt to make it their official mark or to apply to register it as a traditional trade-mark.”


 

__There are several people who speak for Design Leadership in the BCcampus / Open community – in order of responsibility and influence, David Wiley, David Porter, Mary Burgess, Clint Lalonde, and OER Cohort – Scott Leslie, Brian Lamb, David Kernohan, Alec Couros, Mike Caulfield, Martin Weller __ So, for these guys, three PDF documents containing legal information relating to trade-marking __ www rgd ca/resources/articles/news_post/460 php _ https://lnkd.in/eRWrePM

Clint Lalonde "OpenED Trademark" Post copy

Clint Lalonde “OpenED Trademark” Post copy

dongorges.wordpress.com   On Saturday June 6, Clint Lalonde’s “OpenED Trademark” post was taken down.  Below is the original text and comments to June 5. Some Links in t…

Don Gorges

  1. __See #uofg tweets that set an aggressively offensive tone – “You’re going to surrender the OpenEd trademark.” _ David Wiley, PhD ‏@opencontent “Almost unbelievable tone deafness from @OpenEdUofG #uofg @uofg on “OpenEd” trademark issue.” _ “@OpenEdUofG #uofg @uofg You’re going to surrender the OpenEd trademark. Why not do it before the intl community goes from annoyed to angry?” __ JR Dingwall ‏@JRDingwall “Looking at #uofg’s Open Learning website, no mention of open ed resources, open texts, open source, open access, etc” _ What is it #uofg #opened does then? _ Mike Caulfield @holden “Actually, looking at @uofg’s @OpenEdUofG site, it’s not even clear they do #OpenEd. Wow. Just… wow.”

__Although I could not find any comments from Guelph, it’s likely that people on each side of this issue have little or no interest in understanding each others position . . . but, it’s good to keep a respectful tone and an opened mind. And I imagined you’d find this relevant too – it’s About UBC Brand / Brand Communication and Design Principles _ http://brand.ubc.ca/about-the-brand/design-principles/ It would be great if legal at CC reviewed the ‘opened’ case to prepare an update of this discussion paper – Creative Commons on trademarks & copyright _ learn.creativecommons.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/cc-licenses-and-trademarks.pdf

 

__There are several people who speak for Design Leadership in the BCcampus / Open community – in order of responsibility and influence, David Wiley, David Porter, Mary Burgess, Clint Lalonde, and OER Cohort – Scott Leslie, Brian Lamb, David Kernohan, Alec Couros, Mike Caulfield, Martin Weller __ So, for these guys, three PDF documents containing legal information relating to trade-marking __ www rgd ca/resources/articles/news_post/460 php _

  1. __See original Post by Clint Lalonde – BCcampus – On using OpenEd: an opportunity | ClintLalonde.net _ http://clintlalonde.net/2015/06/01/on-using-opened-an-opportunity/ _ Comments incl. David Porter says: Totally support the position you outline, Clint. Really appreciate the opening you have left UGuelph to recover its senses, in your closing paragraph, and truly join the open practice community – not fence it off. __ I expect UoG not to respond to anyone’s tweets, but likely will issue a public clarification statement at some point.

__”The UofG was not opposed to sharing the mark more broadly within the post-secondary sector as evidenced by our efforts to provide a license to BC Campus. However, it is evident that the various meanings of the term ‘OpenEd’ will be challenged to co-exist and therefore, the University of Guelph is taking steps to release the official mark in its entirety, although this will make the mark available for others to attempt to make it their official mark or to apply to register it as a traditional trade-mark.”


 

__ AAP Revere award for creative direction, Janet Hill wow, great video _ https://lnkd.in/eWzuwFC

The Making of Everyday Mathematics 4

The Making of Everyday Mathematics 4

youtube.com   Coming in 2015 – the all new Everyday Mathematics 4.0! America’s leading mathematics program has been streamlined, refined, and tuned-up to meet the needs …

 

__ Audrey Watters ‏@audreywatters Jun 2 @brlamb __ “I say we all start putting umlauts on the O. ÖpenEd is definitely not trademarked — and is way more metal \m/ ” __ yup, way more.

  1. __let’s say all OER chooses fonts from the ÖpenEd Font Library, since ÖpenEd Typography ” is way more metal \m/ “


 

__“On May 19th, McGraw-Hill launched a new contest using the hashtag #usedtextbookproblems – offering students the chance to win $100 for posting the greatest misfortune they’ve encountered with a used textbook.” __ Ethan Senack, Student PIRGs, “This contest is a blatant attempt to undermine the used textbook market and – we [The OER Cohort] can’t let that go unanswered.” __ [So I ] seized on McGraw-Hill’s twitter contest #usedtextbookproblems and instead used it as an opportunity to criticize the companies excessive prices.” __ as any lobbyist would.

  1. __Ethan Senack, known to get creative reporting the facts __ McGraw-Hill tweet May 19 “Enter your own hilarious #usedtextbookproblems photo for a chance to win a $100 Gift Card!” _ “Our #usedtextbookproblems campaign is aimed to show students they can save even more $$ going digital w/ SmartBook” McGraw-Hill HigherEd @mhhighered __ https://twitter.com/mhhighered __

__Had a thought that would take advantage of the added twitter momentum to expand the Gift Card promotion into an educational game of critical thinking _ the Contestant’s goal is myth-busting to gain the Truth _ one example might be, by asking _ What you would guess most people say the aver. Student spends in a year on Textbooks _ $? _ What do you think the aver. Student spends in a year on Textbooks _ $?

 

__Ethan Senack – Student PIRGs sent this email tonight, “Let’s show the publishers they can’t take advantage of students – tweet right now.” Ethan Senack – Student PIRGs __ [The OER Cohort] I can’t let that [an opportunity to harm publishers] go unanswered. __

 

__note on McGraw-Hill Education Higher Ed Photo Contest, there are far better photos sent in to replace this [!] posted in usedtextbookproblems _ very funny ones _ What is the case about? _ Lolololol Katie Carter ‏@katie_carter #usedtextbookproblems

 


 

__An interesting history lesson by Terry Hart, Director of Legal Policy, Copyright Alliance __ https://lnkd.in/evwh-xR

On Professional Authorship

copyhype.com   Before there was a Bill of Rights, the United States had copyright. Twelve of the thirteen states had already positively secured authors’ exclusive rights by the time the drafters of the Federal Constitution gave the f…

__Video of David Wiley Keynote at Apereo 2015 Conference this morning. __ also Slide presentation _ https://lnkd.in/egfdBm8 _ https://lnkd.in/eAPPs6D

The Open Education Infrastructure

ps.ncast.com   David Wiley Keynote – Apereo 2015 Conference

 

__ At BCcampus Open Textbook Summit, Nicole Allen presented SPARC Campus action plan workshop designed for a US Campus venue. __ Are ‘Free textbooks’ the solution to a real problem in Canada? Student Spending for new and used textbooks is about $600. Publishers are not engaging in bad practices or unfair pricing. __ www slideshare net/txtbks/open-textbook-campus-action-plan-workshop-otsummit

  1. __The Solution being proposed to Faculty is adopting a free BCcampus Open Textbook to replace the commercial textbook they currently use. To facilitate the decision process it is necessary to post Faculty Reviews of the commercial textbooks they currently use. – so all textbooks under consideration are based on the BC Open Textbooks Review Criteria – a 12 point Review Rubric _ http://bccampus.ca/files/2013/08/Open-Textbooks-review-rubric.pdf _

__Although you can buy a soft-cover photocopied version, BCcampus Open Textbooks are designed for reading on screens, rather than in book format, which results in usability – readability issues. Download a pdf to see the nature of this problem for yourself.

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