Thursday, March 22, 2012

Podcast > Open Source Comes to Textbooks

College professors are ready to reinvent the textbook. The new price: $0


One of the most serious efforts is a project called OpenStax College  based out of Rice University. Later this month, it will release two textbooks: College Physics and Introduction to Sociology. The textbooks will run on an “open education platform” called Connexions spelled with an x—that already draws a million visitors a month. OpenStax College may well give the standard texts in those two fields a real run for their money.

Richard Baraniuk is the founder and director of the Connexions platform. He is the Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice University. He joins us from Houston, Texas.

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