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Welcome to the College Open Textbooks Press Room!

College Open Textbooks (COT) is focused on driving awareness, adoptions and affordability of open textbooks to more than 2000 community and other two-year colleges. The organization thrives with funding from corporations and foundations, in-kind donations, revenues from affordable eReader and bound versions of textbooks, as well as margins on consulting.

COT is a project of Open Doors Group. The ODG-COT Collaborative acts an advisory board on major strategy and spending decisions. The ODG-COT Collaborative is a collection of educational non-profit and for-profit organizations including AcademicPub, Benetech Bookshare, Bridgepoint Education, Bronx Community College, California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, Carnegie Mellon University, Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources, Flat World Knowledge, Florida Virtual Campus, Foothill-De Anza Community College District, Houston Community College, Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME), League for Innovation in the Community College, Link-Systems International, Macmillan DynamicBooks, MathScore, MentorCloud, MERLOT, Open Assembly, Open Education Resources Center for California, OER Commons, Rice University Connexions, Silicon Valley Education Foundation, SoftChalk, Tacoma Community College, Textbook Media, THiNKaha, Virtual Ability, and Words & Numbers.

Read the COT Annual Report for Mid-2011 to Mid-2012.

Press Releases and Significant Blog Posts

June 6, 2014 PATHS Program Addresses Leadership Crisis in Higher Education
March 26, 2014 ODG Showcases the Best of Open Education Resources for Open Education Week
February 22, 2014 Open Doors Group and PM World Announce Successful Completion of Two MOOCs
October 23, 2013 ODG at SJSU Un/Conference
October 3, 2013 Featured Book: Intermediate Algebra
August 19, 2013 Blended Learning
June 13, 2013 ODG/Link-Systems Round Table
February 17, 2013 College Open Textbooks Publishes US History on AcademicPub
October 3, 2012 DynamicBooks to Renew Sponsorship of Open Doors Group-College Open Textbooks
August 17, 2012 COT Announces Principles Of Microeconomics And Principles Of Macroeconomics As Featured Books
July 9, 2012 Open Doors Group, College Open Textbooks and SoftChalk announce Basic OER Training
June 25, 2012 ChemWiki, Open-licensed Science Textbooks, Selected as Featured Book by College Open Textbooks
February 28, 2012 College Open Textbooks Releases its First New Textbook, Project Management Skills for All Careers
February 18, 2012 Launch of Skills Open Doors with Industry
January 27, 2012 Mentor Cloud and Open Doors Group / College Open Textbooks Partner to Facilitate Sharing Best Practices Among the Open Education Community
October 10, 2010 WCET announces awards for outstanding use of technology in higher education
September 14, 2010 DynamicBooks and College Open Textbooks Partner to Make Open Textbooks Easy to Edit and Customizable

 

 

Media coverage of WOW award

MidPen

 

Mountain View Voice: Nick Veronin's interview of Una Daly appeared in the Mountain View Voice Dec 3, 2010 on page 7.

It was reprinted in Palo Alto Online

The San Jose Mercury News and Sacramento Bee also reported on the award.

 

 

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Backgrounder

Educational Resources including textbooks are termed 'open' if their copyright holders have licensed them using a Creative Commons designation, a GNU free documentation license, a custom open license, or put them in the public domain. Typically copyrighters retain some rights while freely granting others. 

Open Educational Resources (OER) including open textbooks can be found in many media including online text or offline text, photographs, illustrations, videos, sound recordings, assessments, games, and more. They can also be printed and even bound. It is the licensing that defines open resources, not the medium. Many digital resources are not open-licensed while many printed books are open-licensed. Digiital and open are not the same!

College Open Textbooks' generous supporters include:

  • Bridgepoint Education and other consulting clients
  • DynamicBooks
  • MentorCloud
  • ODG-COT Collaborative members who donate their time and expertise
  • Sales of affordable eTextbooks and bound textbooks
  • The Silicon Valley Education Foundation
  • Volunteer copy editors
  • Volunteer managers and other staff
  • Volunteer mentors
  • Volunteer peer reviewers
  • Anonymous donors

Our past supporters include some of the above as well as:

  • Accurate Learning Systems
  • California Digital Marketplace
  • Chalk Institute
  • Dozens of advocate/trainers at college campuses
  • FieldDay Solutions, Inc. 
  • Flat World Knowledge
  • Foothill De Anza Community College District
  • Happy About
  • Macmillan Dynamic Books 
  • SoftChalk 
  • The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • Workplace Learning Resources Center