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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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La performativité du MOOC sur les représentations de l’apprenant : le cas du parcours MOOCLead
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Posted September 29, 2020

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Awareness on Copyright among Students
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Copyright refers to the rights of the authors over their literary and artistic works. This legal term protects the owner of their copyrighted work from being infringed by others. Infringement happens when the work of ...
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Exploring the Literature on Utilization of Open Educational Resources in Nigeria: Current Context, Potential Determinants, and Future Pathways
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MOOC y Educación Basada en Competencias: Alternativas para la Educación del siglo XXI
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Posted September 29, 2020

Teaching with OER during pandemics and beyond
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Purpose Open Educational Resources (OER) are learning materials openly licensed so that others may retain, reuse, revise, remix or redistribute (the 5Rs) these materials. This paper aims to raise awareness of OER by ...
Posted September 29, 2020