Later this month CCC Confer will deliver an informative webinar about a revolution. Open licensing and major publisher offerings are re-forming the college textbook landscape.
According to the webinar announcement: The supply and quality of open-licensed textbooks have been increasing rapidly. In addition, the open textbook movement has caused the commercial publishers to respond with textbooks modifiable by adopting instructors.
No longer will students need to pay for chapters not used in class. Instructors will be able to add, subtract and modify content in the textbooks you adopt. Students will be able to use textbooks online, offline and on mobile devices and to buy at low cost the bound copies that many students prefer.
The webinar, "Open Textbooks Put You In Charge," will include discussion of the following topics.
- World-class open textbooks now available on multiple repositories.
- FlatWorld Knowledge and Textbook Media publish high-quality open textbooks.
- Macmillan Dynamic Books features modifiable open and copyrighted textbooks.
- McGraw-Hill announced its modifiable textbooks at EDUCAUSE conference.
The webinar will be presented by Jacky Hood, Director of College Open Textbooks and the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources. There will be opportunities for attendees to comment and ask questions.
The webinar is scheduled for 12:00-1:00 p.m. PST on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 and registration is available online.
CCC Confer is the California Community Colleges systemwide grant-funded e-conferencing service. The service is provided, free-of-cost, to all CCC administrators, faculty, and staff. CCC Confer is funded by an e-conferenceing grant from the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office.
For more information on CCC Confer, visit their website at: http://www.cccconfer.org/.<>
Sandoval Chagoya is the TechEDge Managing Editor and a Project Manager
for the California Community Colleges Technology Center and the California Virtual Campus.