Tony Bates on the Status of Open Textbook Adoption

5 lessons learned by Tony Bates at a recent Open Textbook Summit:

  1. Open Textbooks are gaining momentum
  2. There is a clear need for open textbooks
  3. The supply and demand from students is coming, but where is the adoption by faculty? – faculty, at least in universities, seem to be a barrier to adoption
    Stephen Downes had a few comments about this (here too)
  4. Open textbooks have their own pedagogy
  5. The technology is still crude
There is a clear need for open textbooks.
1. Open textbooks are gaining momentum.
1. Open textbooks are gaining momentum.
1. Open textbooks are gaining momentum.
1. Open textbooks are gaining momentum.

http://www.tonybates.ca/2014/04/23/what-i-learned-from-the-open-textbook-summit/

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Encouraging faculty to take responsibility for copyright

An idea was recently sent to me by a colleague:

How about adding a widget to the learning management system that would prompt an entering faculty member to take responsibility for copyright clearance for all materials they have posted for students?

This sounds like a really good idea!!!

 

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