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College Open Textbooks is focused on driving the awareness and advocacy of open textbooks for students and we need your help in opening more doors! Faculty members are fast becoming advocates and trainers in the use of open textbooks on their local campuses. They are helping us open doors to more affordable textbook options for students and colleges.
Our new sponsorship program, “Open Textbooks, Open Doors” advocacy workshops, will enable us to extend the reach of our advocate trainer program to more faculty across the country. We have plans to host workshops in CA, IL, KY, NY, VA, and WA but we need sponsorship support. Sponsor one workshop at $1,500, provide matching funds, or become a major program sponsor at any level between $15,000 and $30,000. This will provide stipends for the trainers of the “Open Textbooks, Open Doors” advocacy workshops.
We have already seen the success of these workshops in driving awareness and advocacy amongst faculty. Here is a summary of our successes to date:
Join us for an information packed webinar on Ohio Higher Education’s Textbook Affordability Initiative. Mark your calendars for this Tuesday, November 9, 2010 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm EST/11:00 am – 12:00 pm PST.
Two years ago, Ohio launched a textbook affordability initiative under the direction of Chancellor Eric Fingerhut. The value proposition of the textbook affordability strategic plan focuses on improving learning outcomes as well as reducing the cost of textbooks.
The three strands of textbook affordability are: (1) working with traditional textbook publishers, (2) engaging in open educational resources initiatives, and (3) supporting digital literacy workshops and programs for both faculty and students.
This presentation will focus on the OER (Open Educational Resource) strand of textbook affordability/learning outcomes. We will discuss the rationale for the faculty innovator program and the faculty team OER authorship initiative; what we have learned to date; and where we hope to move in the future.
TO JOIN THE SESSION:
1. Click on the following link or paste it into your browser window:
2. Locate the webinar – Ohio Higher Education’s Textbook Affordability Initiative on November 9, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. (PST) (which is also 2pm EST).
3. Click on “GO” at the right end of the row.
4. Enter the requested information in the dialogue box:
5. Click on “CONNECT”. The software should automatically begin to download which may take anywhere from 2 to 10 minutes depending upon your Internet connection speed. If it does not download, check to see that ActiveX is enabled on your computer. You may have an information bar displaying at the top of your screen: “Click to run an ActiveX control on this webpage.” If yes, click in the box.
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Please contact David Nelson at email@example.com or (850) 921-2796 if you have any questions regarding the webinar, registration, or have an idea for a webinar topic or speaker. Thank you for your continued interest in open textbooks!
We are excited to welcome these new member organizations to the College Open Textbook Collaborative. Both Benetech/ Bookshare and Virtual Ability are dedicated to the mission of providing individuals with disabilities equal access to open educational materials. Textbook\Media provides students with affordable price/media options that increased their buy-in and use of textbooks. We are looking forward to working with these organizations to continue our goal of driving the adoption and advocacy of open textbooks.
Timothy Vollmer recently blogged on Creative Commons about the importance of including OER in the notice of proposed priorities for grant programs. This is a step forward in including OER as an integral part of the future of education. As the world changes the way learning is delivered, OER and open textbooks continue to grow in importance. You can read more about this at http://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/22912