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ERIC Number: ED504777
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Open Learning: What Do Open Textbooks Tell Us about the Revolution in Education? Research & Occasional Paper Series: CSHE.1.09
Matkin, Gary W.
Center for Studies in Higher Education
This paper provides a summary and assessment of the current development of open textbooks and describes a possible direction for future development and funded support of open textbook projects. This paper provides answers to the following questions: Why do we need open textbooks? What are open textbooks (in their various forms)? How are open textbooks developed and distributed? And finally, when will open textbooks be produced? As these questions are addressed, other dimensions relevant to the Open Education Resource (OER) movement are also revealed and discussed. (Contains 2 footnotes.) [This article originally appeared in the Spring 2008 edition of "Threshold Magazine," published by Cable in the Classroom.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of California, Berkeley, Center for Studies in Higher Education