College Open Textbooks!
Our Featured Book:
This text, newly published by ODG-COT on AcademicPub, is the first open-licensed U.S. History textbook that follows the course for the College Board Advanced Placement exam. It addresses the needs of one of the most popular courses at two-year colleges in a very affordable format.
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Funded by an imminent group of generous sponsors*, College Open Textbooks (COT) is a project of the Silicon Valley Education Foundation and the Open Doors Group. The COT Collaborative is collection of colleges, governmental agencies, education non-profits, and other education-related organizations that are focused on the mission of driving awareness, adoptions**, and affordability of open textbooks. Our focus is on community colleges and other 2-year institutions of higher education and the first two years (lower division) of 4-year institutions. Some of our activities also apply to K-12, upper division, graduate school, and life-long learning.
* California Digital Marketplace, Chalk Institute, FieldDay Solutions, FlatWorld Knowledge, Happy About, MacMillan DynamicBooks, SoftChalk, and the Workplace Learning Resources Center.
** A textbook adoption is the selection of the book by an instructor as an official resource for a course.
An open textbook is an integrated course-associated learning tool that is in the public domain or has been open-licensed by the copyright holder to permit re-use without the necessity of asking permission of the copyright holder. Open textbooks improve learning and teaching by freeing instructors from constantly seeking permission. Open textbooks are free or inexpensive on the web and modestly priced for downloads, use on eReaders, or in bound format.
Our activities include listing open textbooks by subject, peer reviews and accessibility reviews of open textbooks, encouraging communities of practice, and much more.
COT is not a repository of open textbooks; our listings point to textbooks on many repositories. About half of the textbooks we list are on the copyright holder's own website.
We invite you to join the College Open Textbooks Professional Network and participate in promoting open textbooks.
The Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources has moved from COT to the Open Courseware Consortium