Some facts about open textbooks
A textbook becomes “open” when its copyright-holder grants usage rights to the public through an “open license,” which typically includes the right to access, reformat, and customize it at no additional cost. It’s important to note that the open textbook author retains the copyright to the content, not the publisher, as is traditionally the case.
Open textbooks look much like any other textbook
Hard copies of open textbooks look much like traditional texts. The primary difference is the price: open textbooks are also accessible online at no cost and the hard copies are optional and affordably priced.
There are lots of them
Thousands of open textbooks already exist and more are on the way.
Author payment varies
Open publishing models are still evolving, so author payment varies. Some are paid royalties on print sales, some receive grant support, and others choose to write on their own time. At BCcampus, we give grant support to promote creation of new textbooks, if they are needed. We’d rather adapt existing ones first, though.
The quality is comparable to any other textbook
Many open textbooks are developed through traditional peer review, others are vetted by experts. As with any textbook, the instructor is the final judge of whether an open textbook meets the needs of the course.
Introduction to Learning Technologies
When: January 12, 2015 – March 24, 2015
Where: Online and Free
Learn more and enroll at https://www.canvas.net/courses/introduction-to-learning-technologies
This short course will provide an introduction to how learning technologies may support student collaboration, reflection, creation, sharing, and other key elements of learning.
It will provide an opportunity for you to consider how learning technologies support your courses as well as your own professional development and research. The course will provide opportunities for practical experience in using several tools and provide ample time for discussion and debate about the challenges, opportunities, and potential impact technology may have on your teaching practice and your students’ learning.
Topics covered will include, but not be limited to blogs and blogging, Twitter, social bookmarking, wikis, Skype and Google Hangouts, personal learning networks, digital literacy, and digital citizenship. Uses the Canvas course management system.
- Heather M. Ross – Instructional Design Specialist
- Ryan Banow – Instructional Design Specialist