Palo Alto College Projects $225,000 savings from Saylor OER Textbook Adoption

We want to share some great news out of San Antonio, Texas. Palo Alto College, part of the Alamo College family, has adopted an openly licensed textbook that was originally published as part of our Open Textbook Challenge. Professor John Dunn, who serves as Department Chair, informed us that a faculty review committee officially adopted … Read More …

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New open textbook released: Information Systems for Business And Beyond

Just in time for Open Education Week and ongoing legislative proposals before the U.S. Congress, today we announced a new open textbook produced in collaboration with author David Bourgeois, Ph.D. Information Systems for Business and Beyond is free for download, reuse, and remixing under a Creative Commons license (CC BY). The book is already in use in … Read More …

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The Saylor Foundation & TESC: Forging Pathways for Students

The Saylor Foundation and Thomas Edison State College (TESC) partnered together in February of this year to create pathways for potential college credit; several courses in the works (see below). But the big news today is that the first course on our list is ready to go! Saylor.org students can take our CS402: Computer Communications Networks … Read More …

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(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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WA State Open Course Library Completed: Confirmed Savings

In a press release (pdf) issued yesterday, the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) announced the completion of the second group of the 81 highest-enrollment college courses. Available as open education resources (OER), these courses and their constituent materials are built for re-use and sharing, in and out of the classroom. Indeed, the Saylor … Read More …

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A MOOC Mini Primer

If you want a good, brief primer on xMOOCs, business models for online education, California higher ed politics, open educational resources, and free/open textbooks — all on one page — you could do worse than Abby Clobridge’s “The Wild West of MOOCs“. She mentions the Saylor Foundation…ever heard of ’em?

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