Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Catch The Wave Of The Future: OER - Open Educational Resources and Open Textbooks: An Introduction To Faculty

Open Academics: Textbook Catalog

Driving Action in Textbook Affordability

Open Textbook Project Meeting

Open Access Textbooks

Having "Open" Discussions With Your System and Legislature

Creative Commons Open Access Textbooks Webinar

Textbook Affordability: A Discussion About Skyrocketing costs and Emerging Solutions

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Breakfast Meeting Featuring Global Text Project

ConneXions: A Platform For Open Education

The State of Open Textbooks

CourseSmart Spring 2013 Internet2®/Educause Research Project

CourseSmart, in conjunction with Internet2 and Educause, is pleased to announce an exciting research project which will allow higher education institutions to test a new and innovative digital content model designed to make course materials more affordable, engaging and effective for all students - including those with vision and reading disabilities. Central to this research project is a creative new business model which will give participants superior value, flexibility and ease by providing access to all digital course materials for one flat rate.

Comprehensive CourseSmart Features

The world's largest selection of eTextbooks and other digital course materials - more than 30,000 titles from over 40 publishers.

90% of core higher education textbooks in digital format.

CourseSmart is committed to accessibility and is WCAG 2.0 AA certified. 80% of CourseSmart's top selling titles have been optimized for accessibility, and others can be optimized on request.

CourseSmart integrates into all major LMS platforms: BlackboardLearn™, Desire2Learn®, Pearson LearningStudio, Sakai, Moodle, Canvas and custom LMSs.

eTextbooks can be accessed online or offline anytime through almost any device - computers, and most tablets and smartphones with free CourseSmart apps.

All notes, highlighting and bookmarks are synched so students always have what they need, when they need it.

Innovative Program

Introducing Subscription Pack Pricing. Choosing any eTextbook on CourseSmart for one flat fee covers all of a student's textbook needs.

Students will be able to place any book on their bookshelf and access up to 12 titles at a time.

 Two optional tiers for institutional participation:
1. 100 students from an institution may participate for $27,500 per semester ($275 per student)
2. 200 students from an institution may participate for $44,000 per semester ($220 per student)

Instructors will have free, unlimited access to all Coursesmart titles through the Faculty Instant Access service.

Participating institutions get access to data sets and an analytics dashboard to facilitate student engagement.

Superior Customer Support and Training

CourseSmart has fully developed training and communications to support the rollout across a campus and 24/7 support via telephone, email, chat and an extensive online knowledge base.

Research project participants will also have a dedicated "solution" hotline for students and faculty as well as direct Tier2 support for administrators and institutional help desk personnel.

Faculty will receive training via live web conference with recordings available on demand.

Note: This is a limited research project but there are opportunities for additional institutions to participate.  Interested parties should contact Dana Voss at or Bill Sherman at

Source and Links to FAQ and Contact Available At 


Monday, October 29, 2012

Open Textbook Training in Arizona

The $5 Textbook

Breaking the IronTriangle: “The Obviousness of Open Policy”

The Obviousness of Open Textbooks (& Policy & Courseware & Data & Science)

Open Textbooks, Open Doors

Call for Action: Open Textbook Translation

Resources on Open Textbooks

Open Access Textbooks: Access, Scholarship and Community

Open Textbook Authoring Models and Tools

OER Adopter Communities: The Sustainability Factor in Open

Using Open Textbooks in Community Colleges

Empowering Faculty & Students to Improve Teaching and Learning with Open Textbooks

Open Textbook/OER Adoption Workshop: Introductory Session

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Developing a Culture of Sharing and Receiving: Open Source Textbooks and Open Courses

Discover and Select: An Open Textbook or Module

Developing a Culture of Sharing and Receiving: Open Educational Resources

Create the Medical Digital 'Textbook' of the Future

Building Communities of Practice to Encourage Open Textbook Use

In Search of Affordable Textbooks: How OER Can Reduce Costs

Adopting Open Textbooks

Think Globally, Act Openly: Multiple Approaches to Open Educational Resources

Fostering OER-Friendly Policies

Finding and Selecting High Quality OER

Expand Your Classroom Walls with Open Educational Resources (OER)

Research Examining the Impact of Open Textbook Adoption on Teaching and Learning: Early Findings

Open Textbooks: The College Student Speaks Out

Open Textbooks in Ohio: Research Findings on Affordability, Acceptance, Accessibility and Learning Outcomes

Reduce Costs & Improve Outcomes with Open Textbooks

Flat World Knowledge: Open Textbooks by Expert Authors

Open Textbooks at College of the Redwoods

Open Textbooks: What Does the Future Hold?

Open Textbooks : Creation and Remixing Made Easy

Open Textbooks: A Step Toward Affordability

College Open Textbooks: Collaborative & Business Models

Latest Trends in Open Textbook Research > Panel Discussion

Open Textbooks: Research Findings on Affordability, Acceptance, Accessibility and Learning Outcomes

Open Textbooks: The Student Perspective

Make Textbooks Affordable