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A Case For Open Source Textbooks [INFOGRAPHIC] -
A Case For Open Source Textbooks [INFOGRAPHIC]
A Case For Open Source Textbooks [INFOGRAPHIC]
"As companies compete to digitize the textbook market, there is one approach that shakes the traditional publishing business model: open source textbooks, whose proponents believe online educational tomes should be free. Many universities, including MIT and Carnegie Mellon, post course lectures online for free use. A New York Times article last year explained some of the barriers to applying the same approach to textbooks. For one thing, the textbook authors must agree to have them distributed online without charging royalties — something that may work well in the software world, where engineers often work on projects while keeping a day job, but typically avoided by writers who put their sweat equity into one book at a time. Also, books for K-12 classrooms must meet state standards, and most states don’t have procedures in place for approving open source textbooks." - Sir Shuping is just sir from Bookmarklet
Finally, the McMaster University Academic Librarians' Association communicates on what's been happening over the last little while ( This includes an update on recent job losses and a union review of the UL. Again, much thanks to LSW for the support you've shown.
Thanks for pointing us to these, Andrew. I think you all have done a model job of defining the problem clearly and respectfully. (Though it's a model job I really don't think y'all should've had to do.) I hope you get some relief. - Marianne
Gave a presentation today with a couple of library colleagues to a bunch of faculty from several area colleges. Two stand-out comments were "Wait, THIS is information literacy? This is totally fascinating," and "This is the single most helpful thing I've seen in a long, long time." So yay!
In short, it presented our work to develop a rubric that helps us assess evidence of students' information literacy in their writing. I wrote up a long, boring post about the first version of the talk here: The faculty wanted to use the rubric to help them assess upcoming research projects, and some of them were very interested to hear about how information literacy is about more than The Research Paper -- it's about context building and crafting well-supported observations and arguments that use evidence that resonates with their audience and purpose. (Others had that piece down pat, but wanted to use the rubric in their own grading and to help them teach these concepts in their classes.) - lris
This is great but ... sigh, we've let "information literacy" get a bad rep, haven't we? Iris, how about a road show? - barbara fister
Yes, we have. More's the pity. And yes, a road show would be loads of fun. - lris
Just opened the rubric, Iris. I quite like how it address contextual understanding that is often missed in the info lit assessment piece (heck, oftentimes I'm just happy of there's a cited source at all!). I'll shop it around here, since we're re-thinking our approach to assessment. - colgoni
Great! And if you hear of ways to make the language clearer, please let me know. We're hoping to get it ship shape enough to unleash on faculty portfolio assessors this August. - lris
Very cool! - Yvonne M
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