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Sample Tweet: Free digital textbooks offered as California's Governor signs bills

Way to go California!

Cable

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Cable Green, PhD
Director of Global Learning

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Credit for this goes to you Dean, Senator Steinberg, Nicole Allen, CA's Community College leaders, faculty and students and everyone in the open community who contributed to this precedent setting open policy!

Another article to read:  http://www.thetextbookguru.com/2012/09/27/oer-a-push-toward-mainstream-gov-jerry-brown-signs-bill-into-law

Well done,

Cable


Congratulations and thanks so much to all of you. Each policy success is a Herculean task that lays the groundwork for others. Dean, Senator Steinberg, Cable, Nicole - bravo! And thank you!

Well said, Kim.

To help others learn from and leverage this policy, I've updated the OER Policy Registry with these two bills: http://wiki.creativecommons.org/OER_Policy_Registry

Cable


Message from david.wiley@gmail.com

Yes, congratulations to the whole community!
CC blog post: http://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/34288

Thanks Tim!

Cable

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Hooray!

Message from unatdaly@ocwconsortium.org

This is good news indeed for California and the nation!!  

 I would also like to add the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to the long list of folks who have supported open education and open textbooks and contributed to this watershed event.  The Hewlett Foundation was an early and consistent support of the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources and the College Open Textbooks collaborative where we pioneered open textbooks with Connexions and other partners.

Best Regards,
Una
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Una Daly, MA
Community College Outreach Director
Open Courseware Consortium
http://oerconsortium.org
unatdaly@ocwconsortium.org
(408)348-4346






On Sep 27, 2012, at 5:27 PM, Cable Green wrote:

Credit for this goes to you Dean, Senator Steinberg, Nicole Allen, CA's Community College leaders, faculty and students and everyone in the open community who contributed to this precedent setting open policy!

Another article to read:  http://www.thetextbookguru.com/2012/09/27/oer-a-push-toward-mainstream-gov-jerry-brown-signs-bill-into-law

Well done,

Cable


I was also very excited to see the news, and discussed it with a professor in the college of education last night. The trick in an academic context, he noted, is how to get out ahead of the momentum that still exists in favor of proprietary resource use and tenure and promotion criteria that favor closed access journals. If we take a policy position, we potentially face issues in regard to limiting the instructor's choice of textbooks. I wonder how this community might respond to this. How do we pursue changes such as these in the context of higher ed institutions that typically follow established traditions-- general advocacy, a straight talk with the president, work on unit standards, grass-roots initiatives, joining the work of OERu. Thoughts appreciated. Robert Squires Director, Instructional Design and Technical Support UMOnline The University of Montana ________________________________ From: The EDUCAUSE OPENNESS Constituent Group Listserv [OPENNESS@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU] on behalf of Una Daly [unatdaly@OCWCONSORTIUM.ORG] Sent: Friday, September 28, 2012 12:14 PM To: OPENNESS@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU Subject: Re: [OPENNESS] [OER-advocacy] Hot off the Press: Free Digital Textbooks Offered as California's Governor Signs Bills This is good news indeed for California and the nation!! I would also like to add the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to the long list of folks who have supported open education and open textbooks and contributed to this watershed event. The Hewlett Foundation was an early and consistent support of the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources and the College Open Textbooks collaborative where we pioneered open textbooks with Connexions and other partners. Best Regards, Una --------------------------- Una Daly, MA Community College Outreach Director Open Courseware Consortium http://oerconsortium.org unatdaly@ocwconsortium.org (408)348-4346 On Sep 27, 2012, at 5:27 PM, Cable Green wrote: Credit for this goes to you Dean, Senator Steinberg, Nicole Allen, CA's Community College leaders, faculty and students and everyone in the open community who contributed to this precedent setting open policy! Another article to read: http://www.thetextbookguru.com/2012/09/27/oer-a-push-toward-mainstream-g... Well done, Cable
Message from mackintosh.wayne@gmail.com

Hi Robert (and open friends)

Kudos to California and the team behind this breakthrough milestone for open education. The rest of the world is celebrating with you on this achievement!

While this announcement is a significant step forward, Robert you raise an important issue, that is, to think about the next steps in nurturing the development of a sustainable open education ecosystem. Open textbooks alone do not a system make.

Of course, the OERu international network would welcome colleagues and institutions to join us on our journey ;-)

We will be launching our first OERu prototype in the next weeks. By way of example, one of the prototype courses adopted by the OERu network and being developed by Thompson Rivers University was originally developed by Washington State's Open Course Library project.  We have added value by improving the pedagogical design for large scale delivery and fixing few of the copyright issues where images did not have proper license clearances. As an open project - -we are releasing these improvements back to the open ecosystem.  Win-win for all involved. 

While we may not have all the answers as individual initiatives - -I believe that working together across international boundaries we will achieve more than working alone. 

Exciting times indeed - -Well done California!

Wayne

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