(re)Inventing the free online textbook

“First came free online courses. Now come…free online textbooks” (“Coursera to offer students free online textbooks, with conditions” | WaPo). Call us picky, but the implication that free textbooks are an xMOOC innovation is a bit frustrating, especially coming a couple days before we announced the release of a free-and-open, no-strings-attached college mathematics textbook. Even more … Read More …

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Q&A with Dr. Wissam Raji, author of An Introductory Course in Elementary Number Theory

“[T]he subject is presented in a way where no mathematical background is required with the exception of the last three chapters.” “[B]elieve in [your] capabilities. It is not about the school you attend, it is all about the inner will to achieve and passion you have for the subject you are studying.” With our release … Read More …

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A Case Study in Obstacles to and Strategies for Negotiating the Relicensing of Third-Party Content

Over the past four years, the Saylor Foundation has developed over 300* college level courses, made up of nearly 28,000 educational objects (essays, textbooks, videos, assessments, etc.).  Initially, our goal was to use the wide breadth of resources available online to build these courses.  We encouraged the use of openly licensed and public domain materials, … Read More …

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Saylor’s “Wild Ambition” – Now in Chronicle Flavor.

Apologies if you’ve caught this already in the social media streams…this is just to share that we’ve made a print-edition debut in the Chronicle of Higher Education: A Dot-Com Entrepreneur’s Wild Ambition: Drive Education Costs to Zero For our part, we’re just thrilled to mention it. But for anyone interested in the origins of Saylor.org, … Read More …

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Infographic: The Open Textbook Challenge

Textbook costs are, as we know, a bit of an issue for students. Prices have outpaced general cost increases, while resale value of rapidly-replaced editions is almost nil. Our friends at Online Colleges have produced a wonderful infographic outlining the problem, the solutions, and who all is getting involved (including some Movers & Shakers) Share … Read More …

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Saylor OTC Textbooks Now Available in iTunes Bookstore

The Saylor Foundation is excited to announce that two of its Open Textbook Challenge winning textbooks, Mathematical Analysis I by Elias Zakon and Elementary Linear Algebra by Kenneth Kuttler, are now available for free download in the iTunes Bookstore. The textbooks correspond to MA241: Real Analysis and MA211: Linear Algebra I, respectively. The books are … Read More …

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The Saylor Foundation’s Open Textbook Challenge

NOTE: The OTC has ended, but you can visit our collection of textbooks here. “The Saylor Foundation’s Open Textbook Challenge” by Melissa Venable was originally posted on OnlineCollege.org on 22 May 2012.   Calling all academic authors! The Saylor Foundation’s Open Textbook Challenge is expanding, and awarding $20,000 for accepted textbooks that align with eligible Saylor courses … Read More …

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Saylor Foundation expanding Open Textbook Challenge: now including an option for textbook development

NOTE: The OTC has ended, but you can visit our collection of textbooks here. Today the Saylor Foundation is launching a new way for authors and college professors to participate in the Open Textbook Challenge (OTC). Based on the hefty amount of feedback we received from interested individuals across the globe, we are pleased to … Read More …

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OER Inspiration: Open Textbook Author Donates Winnings to Promote Future Open Texts

Earlier this year, we were thrilled to announce that we had added four openly licensed textbooks to Saylor.org, thanks to our Open Textbook Challenge. We couldn’t be more appreciative of all of the individuals who submitted their texts for consideration under Wave I of the Challenge – and we’re certainly looking forward to reviewing each … Read More …

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Open Textbook Challenge: Making Textbooks Available (For Free!)

As technology becomes more portable and affordable, universal access to higher education becomes more achievable.  However, even as technology reaches more potential learners, we’re still seeing significant barriers to educational content.  In addition to working hard on access and distribution, the Saylor Foundation is also helping lead the way in promoting the creation of more … Read More …

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