#OpenTeachingOU: April 10 Chat - Textbook Ecosystem
We had some new participants and things just took off in their own directions! We didn't stick to the questions, although you will see the occasional A1, A2, etc. in a few of the tweets. I'm just archiving the #OpenTeachingOU tweets, so there might be some gaps in the conversation as a result.
Thanks to everybody for your great participation in the Friday, March 27 chat! You can see the Storify archive here at the blog, or over at the Storify site . Twitter Retweet with Comment: Some of you may have noticed the brand-new "Retweet with Comment" feature.
In anticipation of our next Twitter chat session, April 10, we're putting together a list of resources to provide background information for the discussion. If you have additional resources to recommend, please submit as a comment to this post.
For years, journalists and organizations have produced articles that reference the same College Board information about the average student paying $1200 for textbooks. Thankfully, has done some real research and produced a meaningful, and definitely more realistic analysis of what students are paying these days for textbooks .
From a general content perspective, there is no reason that undergraduate students in the U.S. should be paying for learning materials. However, until the discovery and use of affordable learning content is simplified and streamlined it will be difficult to persuade instructors to adopt this content as opposed to publisher content.
In this post, I outline briefly what an affordable content framework might look like in Higher Education. Specifically, I believe we need a solution that: 1) takes advantage of all affordable content solutions available to faculty and students; 2) harnesses the available personnel resources and expertise that already resides in Higher Education institutions; 3) provides an open, collaborative, and extensible schema that institutional libraries can use to transform existing, disparate information sources into a single consumable feed for any learning system.
Earlier this week, I wrote a post that described a framework for increasing faculty adoption of affordable learning content. Laura pointed out, quite correctly, that the diagram in the post (and therefore the idea), seemed incomplete because it did not identify feedback loops as part of the proposed process.
There is broad support for the notion that textbooks cost too much and yet few people really understand the intricacies of the textbook publishing industry, including its relationship to our educational systems, and why the products cost what they do. Indeed, textbook publishing is one of the more misunderstood industries in the U.S.
In preparation for our upcoming Twitter chat this week on textbooks and open content , I'm going to be writing some posts about how I use - and reuse! - content in my classes. In particular, I want to focus on student-created content and how I reuse that from semester to semester.
This blog post is a follow-up to an earlier post: Storybooks: Student-Created Content for Long-Term (Re)Use . I'd urge you to take a look at that post first; if you have seen the student writing projects, the argument for "teaching writers" that I present in this post will hopefully make more sense.