Adapting Open Textbooks Workshop
Twitter hashtag: #bcotb
Facilitator: Clint Lalonde, Manager, Open Education, BCcampus
February 10-21, 2014
In this 2 week workshop, we'll look at some of the technical challenges of adapting an existing open textbook.
Specifically, we will examine the following topics:
- Why you would want to modify an open textbook?
- What you can change in an open textbook?
- What are the different technologies used to create and use open textbooks?
- What kinds of file formats are commonly used in open textbooks?
- How do I work with Creative Commons licenses?
- What is PressBooks and how can it be used to adapt an open textbook?
Week 1: Planning to Adapt
In week one we will take a look at what you need to consider when tackling an open textbook adaptation. We'll look at the common types of open textbook adaptaions, the scope of an open textbook project, some of the technologies and file formats you may work with, and a review of Creative Commons licenses. By the end of week 1, you will also create an account at PressBooks.com, a website that gives individuals the ability to self-publish a book. We will use PressBooks as an editing platform for week 2 of the workshop.
Week 2: Adapting
In week 2 we'll take a deeper dive into one of the technologies you can use to modify an open textbook - a tool called PressBooks.
Scope of this workshop
While this 2 week workshop will be of interest to anyone wishing to learn more about adapting an open textbook, it will draw from examples and situations specific to the British Columbia Open Textbook project.