It’s time for us to lift the curtain on some major changes here at Pressbooks! We’ve spent a lot of time over the last month doing some much-needed maintenance across the platform, including theme improvements and changes to the user experience for institutions using single-sign on technology. These past weeks also included important work on
A Guide to Making Open Textbooks with Students, built on Pressbooks, has been recognized by the Open Education Consortium. Other winners include the H5P plugin, now available on PressbookEDU.
A Guide to Making Open Textbooks With Students just won a 2018 Open Education Award for Excellence in the Open Textbook category, and it’s built on Pressbooks!
The awards are given by Open Education Consortium to recognize “distinctive open educational resources, open projects and initiatives.” The international selection committee includes educators and opken education advocates.
Elizabeth Mays (who some of you may know from Pressbooks) was the lead editor on this project for the Rebus Community.
The book includes major contributions from educators and students prominent in making open textbooks: Robin DeRosa, Rajiv Jhangiani, Timothy Robbins, David Squires, Julie Ward, Anna Andrzejewski, Samara Burns, Matthew Moore, Alice Barrett, Amanda Coolidge, Maxwell Nicholson, Steel Wagstaff, Gabriel Higginbotham, Zoe Wake Hyde, and Apurva Ashok.
- An introduction to open pedagogy from experts Robin DeRosa, director of interdisciplinary studies at Plymouth State University, and Rajiv Jhangiani, University Teaching Fellow in Open Studies at Kwantlen Polytechnic University
- Project ideas, case studies, interviews with and first-person accounts from faculty and students engaged in open textbook projects in the classroom
- Three sample assignments for creating or updating open textbooks from faculty who have done such projects
- Resources such as a guide to CC licensing, an MOU for students and faculty
- And more!
“Building the book in Pressbooks, with its public webbook feature, allowed the resource to spread virally,” Elizabeth said. “More than 20 education-related sites had linked to the webbook at last check. Others have requested we send them copies of the book in print, which we canc easily have made from the Pressbooks PDF.”
The resource is one of 10 winners.
H5P plugin also wins a 2018 Open Education Award for Excellence
H5P, which is now available on PressbooksEDU enterprise networks, won the award for Free and Open source Software (FOSS) for Education.
This award category was for an “efficient software application proven to be an essential tool for professionals, trainers and teachers for building, and delivering OER.”
The plugin was developed by H5POrg in Tromsø, Norway, and is a popular tool for faculty and instructors building dynamic open textbooks on PressbooksEDU.
The full list of winners is available on the OEC website.