Friday, January 17, 2020

Update on British Columbia’s open textbook project

BCcampus has just announced that as of October 30, 2015, it has now made available 23 new 'Common Core' open textbooks for the Province of B.C.’s...

Some implications of online open publishing

One of the differences between an online open textbook and a commercial printed textbook is that developments with an open textbook are continuous rather than...

Guidelines for reviewing an open textbook

I'm not sure that there is much of an immediate 'market' for these posts on issues around developing an open textbook (or maybe everyone...

Writing an online, open textbook: is it worth it?

In earlier posts, I have discussed how to measure the success of an open, online textbook, Teaching in a Digital Age, and also discussed...

The cost of developing an open textbook: $80,000 – $130,000

Open textbooks may be free, but they are not without cost. So what is the cost of developing an open textbook from scratch? Answer: a minimum of $80,000,...

Measuring the success of an open textbook

I have just come back from two days at one of my favourite communities of practice, the British Columbian Educational Technology Users' Group (ETUG)...

Problems with the use of images in open textbooks

If you have downloaded my open textbook, 'Teaching in a Digital Age' in pdf or Modi format for the iPad or Kobo, you may...

10 key takeaways about differences between classroom, blended, online and open learning

Lucky readers: you get a bonus! This is really a brief summary of all of the ten previous posts on this topic, which constitute...

The implications of ‘open’ for course and program design: towards a paradigm shift

I am usually very cautious not to use the term 'paradigm shift', but I do believe that the term is justified by the implications of...

Integrating open textbooks, open research and open data into teaching

This is the third of five posts on open education for my online open textbook, Teaching in a Digital Age. The previous two posts...

About Tony Bates

Dr. Tony Bates is the author of eleven books in the field of online learning and distance education. He has provided consulting services specializing in training in the planning and management of online learning and distance education, working with over 40 organizations in 25 countries. Tony is a Research Associate with Contact North | Contact Nord, Ontario’s Distance Education & Training Network.