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OPENSTAX SURPASSES $1 BILLION IN TEXTBOOK SAVINGS, WITH WIDE-RANGING IMPACT ON TEACHING, LEARNING AND STUDENT SUCCESS
Rory McGreal · September 11, 2020

"Less than a decade after publishing its first free, openly licensed textbook, OpenStax - Rice University’s educational technology initiative - has saved students $1.2 billion.

"Driven by the belief that everyone should have access to knowledge, OpenStax has published 42 titles for college and high school courses across science, math, social sciences, business and the humanities disciplines since 2012.


COMMENT ON FIVE ALTERNATIVES TO EXPENSIVE TEXTBOOKS
Rory McGreal · September 09, 2020
In 2011, the Globe and Mail newspaper ran an article presenting "Five Alternatives to Expensive Textbooks," by Ritika Puri. While the article is no longer available, the following comment has been preserved.

Richart the Lionhearted comment on "Five Alternatives to Expensive Textbooks":
I recently purchased the 8th Edition of Perry's Chemical Engineering Handbook for $15 and was very disappointed about the PDF View only option. In addition, the e-book is only an abridged version of the large hard copy of the CEHB. You can by a CD for PCs version for $150 that has the complete contents and full PDF view and copy formats. Plus, if the student underground is working properly, the whole class of 45 students can share the CD, illegally of course, but no different than lending out your hard copy.

"Very disappointed in this purchase. I needed this book as a reference and cannot even read most of the charts in it. The charts fill the entire screen of my Kindle but are too light and washed out to read. I also tried reading it on my Kindle for PC with the same problem. The rest of the text is dark and clear, but having unreadable charts makes this book worthless. Buy the hard copy!"

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO COPYRIGHT, FAIR USE, AND CREATIVE COMMONS FOR EDUCATORS
Rory McGreal · July 06, 2020
This Edublogger resource, prepared by Kathleen Morris, Sue Waters, and Ronnie Burt, provides a comprehensive yet reader-friendly overview of copyright for educators:

"Copyright is important for all teachers, students, and bloggers to know about. And it doesn’t have to be as complicated as you think. We’re here to break down the basics of copyright and other related topics like fair use, public domain, and Creative Commons."

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Open Educational Resources in Undergraduate Engineering Education: Opportunities and Challenges
McSorley, Grant; d'Entremont, Agnes; Verrett, Jonathan; Ibrahim, Nadine; Dickiinson, John; Sellens, Rick; Salem, Deena A.
Open Education Resources are pedagogical resources which are available under open licences for reuse and remixing. These resources support collaborative development of education material, the ongoing evolution and ...
Posted August 25, 2020

Fixing the broken textbook market
Nagle, Cailyn; Vitez, Kaitlyn; U.S. PIRG Education Fund
The high price of college textbooks remains one of the most significant out of pocket expenses for students. The cost of textbooks has increased at three times the rate of inflation, and although that trend seems to ...
Posted August 25, 2020

Improving Access using ICT and OER in Asia
Kawachi, Paul; Sharma, Ramesh C.
Many practitioners are moving towards adopting OER for improving access and quality. This is particularly true in Asia where universities are reforming aiming to be so-called world-class universities. The shortcut to ...
Posted August 24, 2020

Current Initiatives and Challenges to OERs in Indian Higher Education
Bansal, Tulika; Chabra, Sonal; Joshi, Dhananjay
In the modern era of information technology, digital resources have become readily accessible source of learning for teachers and learners. One such movement that encourages and enables sharing such learning resources ...
Posted August 24, 2020

Awareness towards Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and their usage for Teacher Education in India
Singh, Gaurav; Chauhan, Rashmi
Open and Distance Learning (ODL) system has changing fast with technological advancements and interventions. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have emerged as game changers as they are flexible in time and place as ...
Posted August 24, 2020

Using OER in Asia: Factors, Reforms and Possibilities
Traxler, John
Open Educational Resources (OER) are frequently advocated as an educational panacea, an educational technology that can be transported and transferred, reused and revised, to address the global shortage of high-quality ...
Posted August 24, 2020

SWAYAM - Indian MOOCs: An Insider’s Perspective
Singh, Nisha
MOOCs or Massive Open Online Courses were called disruptive technology in 2012. MOOC has proved to be game changer for educational practices. Study Webs of Active –Learning for Young Aspiring Minds (SWAYAM) is an ...
Posted August 24, 2020