(re)Inventing the free online textbook

May 10, 2013 by

“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 …

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

May 10, 2013 by

“[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 …

Free Elementary Number Theory Open Textbook Released Under CC BY

May 10, 2013 by

We’re happy to announce the release of a free and open textbook, An Introductory Course in Elementary Number Theory, by Dr. Wissam Raji, Ph.D., of the American University in Beirut. Fuller details are here, and be sure to check out our Q&A with the author. Dr. Raji created this text in response to a need for … Read More …

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

April 9, 2013 by

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 …

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

November 13, 2012 by

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 …