California To Commission 50 Open Textbooks For 2013; Finnish Teachers Write One In A Weekend | Techdirt

Items tagged with oa.latex in Open Access Tracking Project (OATP) 2012-10-05


Techdirt has been following open textbooks for some time now, and 2012 looks to be a bumper year for them. Here, for example, is a major initiative in the US: 'California college students hit with tuition increases in recent years will get a little financial help after Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Thursday to create a website on which popular textbooks can be downloaded for free. Twin bills by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) will give students free digital access to 50 core textbooks for lower-division courses offered by the University of California, California State University and California Community College systems. Hard copies of the texts would cost $20.' The bill establishes a new California Open Education Resources Council, which will be required to choose the 50 core textbooks and then: 'to establish a competitive request-for-proposal process in which faculty members, publishers, and other interested parties would apply for funds to produce, in 2013, 50 high-quality, affordable, digital open source textbooks' which would be released under a cc-by license. The move is likely to be significant nationally ... Meanwhile, in Finland, some teachers decided to produce something a little sooner: A group of Finnish mathematics researchers, teachers and students write an upper secondary mathematics textbook in a booksprint. The event started on Friday 28th September at 9:00 (GMT+3) and the book will be (hopefully) ready on Sunday evening.'  You can find the book's LaTeX source code in a repository on Github: it's under the same cc-by license as the California books, so you can adapt it freely -- if you can read Finnish...."


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10/05/2012, 13:45

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10/05/2012, 09:45