The OER Knowledge Cloud makes use of cookies. By continuing, you consent to this use. More information.
Analysis of existing technological platforms for the collaborative production of Open Textbooks
Ochoa, Xavier · Carrillo, Gladys · Casali, Ana · Deco, Claudia · Gerling, Valeria · Frango, Ismar · Fager, José · Motz, Regina · Parra, Gonzalo · Muñoz-Arteaga, Jaime · Araya, Erick · Maturana, Jorge

PublishedJune 2013
ConferenceProceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2013, World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications, Jun 24, 2013 in Victoria, Canada
Edition 1, Volume 2013, Pages 1106-1115
PublisherAssociation for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
EditorHerrington, Jan

The production of high-quality open textbooks requires the collaboration of different contributors. This work conducts a comparative analysis of the six different collaborative platforms for the production of books. To be able to compare the platforms, several dimensions extracted from literature of collaborative writing and the requirements associated with open textbooks are described and used. As conclusion of the study, it is clear that Connexions is currently the best option for the collaborative production of open textbooks although it lacks some basic functionality. This work recommend the creation of a new breed of platforms that better support the producers of open textbooks that inherit all the successful capabilities of the current generation.

Keywords Booktype · connexions · open textbooks · PressBooks · production barriers · Sophie 2.0 · Widbook · Wikibooks

Published atChesapeake, VA
Rights© 2013 AACE
Export optionsBibTex · EndNote · Tagged XML · Google Scholar

Viewed by 9 distinct readers


The evaluations below represent the judgements of our readers and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Cloud editors.

Click a star to be the first to rate this document


Creating a map for OER initiatives in Latin America
Amiel, Tel; Soares, Tiago; Ochoa, Xavier
In this article we discuss the creation of a federated mapping system focused on OER for basic education in Latin America. We present the rationale and implications of the project, software development, and focus on ...
Match: Ochoa, Xavier

Open metadata for open educational resources in an open infrastructure
Duval, Erik; Ternier, Stefaan; Wolpers, Martin; Najjar, Jehad; et al.
We believe that the open educational resources movement focuses too much on one of the three important aspects for openness, i.e. open content. In order to take full advantage of the open educational resources, ...
Match: Ochoa, Xavier

MOOC's barriers and enables
Gulatee, Yuwanuch; Nilsook, Prachyanun; the Department of Management and Information Technology, Nakhophanom University, Thailand; the Department of Technological Education, King Mongkut's University of Technology North Bangkok, Bangkok, 10800, Thailand
MOOCs (massive open online course) become a very popular way of learning these days. People could access MOOCs from anywhere at any time with a fraction of the cost. In this study, we have examined both barriers and ...

AM-OER: An agile method for the development of open educational resources
Arimoto, Maurício M.; Barroca, Leonor; Barbosa, Ellen F.; Institute of Mathematics and Computer Sciences, University of São Paulo; et al.
Open Educational Resources have emerged as important elements of education in the contemporary society, promoting life-long and personalized learning that transcends social, economic and geographical barriers. To ...

Technological developments and tertiary education delivery models: The arrival of MOOCs: Massive Open Online Courses
Shrivastava, Avinash; Guiney, Peter
This paper aims to assist the New Zealand Ministry of Education, the Tertiary Education Commission and other decision-makers in the tertiary education sector to gain a better understanding of the newer ...
Match: technological

State of the art review of quality issues related to Open Educational Resources (OER)
Camilleri, Anthony F.; Ehlers, Ulf Daniel; Pawlowski, Jan; European Commission. Joint Research Centre. Institute for Prospective Technological Studies
This report provides an overview of definitions of quality for OER, suggests a conceptual mapping and reviews the major issues related to the quality for OER. The outcomes of the report can be outlined as follows: ...

Cross-border e-learning: linguistic, cultural and technological problems
Santos, Andreia
Internet-based education is growing at a fast pace and its potential to support the offer of educational materials and courses across national borders is very significant. Transnational cross-cultural e-learning is a ...
Match: technological

OER in Portugal as agent of curriculum innovation and technological change. Inducing practices of "new" teaching standards
de Matos Pereira, Paulo Manuel
This research project aimed the following goal: promote the creation, use and disclosure of OER in a Group of Schools, involving schools and teachers from different learning levels, expecting to test and validate the ...
Match: technological

Opening the textbook: New opportunities for libraries and publishers?
Maron, Nancy L.
What solutions might we find within our community to solve the problem of rising textbook prices? In our latest issue brief, Nancy Maron, Ithaka S+R’s Program Director for Sustainability and Scholarly Communications, ...
Match: connexions; open textbooks

The investigation into the rising cost of textbooks: A background study of the context of Michigan initiatives with an eye toward launching a library-based college textbook publishing program
Nicholls, Natsuko Hayashi
In this report we investigate the facts concerning the rapidly rising cost of college textbooks. The lack of textbook affordability has drawn increased nationwide attention over the last decade. To identify the reason ...
Match: connexions; open textbooks