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ERIC Number: EJ826195
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1527-6619
It Takes a Consortium to Support Open Textbooks
Baker, Judy
EDUCAUSE Review, v44 n1 p30-33 Jan-Feb 2009
If the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) has its way, expensive textbooks may go the way of typewriters and carbon paper. Ideally, Internet access for all students would allow educators to replace commercially printed textbooks with interactive digital textbooks and personal learning environments. However, until faculty, students, and college articulation committees overcome their dependence on traditional textbooks, a transitional solution is necessary. One such solution is the open textbook. California's Foothill-De Anza Community College District established the CCCOER in July 2007 to identify, create, and/or repurpose existing open educational resources as open textbooks and make them available for use by community college students and faculty. In this article, the author describes the Community College Open Textbook (CCOT) Project which was launched by the CCCOER in April 2008 as a one-year feasibility study. The purpose of the CCOT Project is to explore the feasibility of creating high-quality, accessible, and culturally relevant open textbooks at low cost for community college students and faculty. (Contains 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California