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
We’re thrilled to announce the arrival of a new team member, Steel Wagstaff.
Steel will work with our EDU clients to help them get the most out of their PressbooksEDU systems for OER initiatives.
We couldn’t have found a more qualified candidate for the role. If you’re in open education, you’re probably already familiar with Steel’s work. As an educational technology consultant in the College of Letters & Science at University of Wisconsin-Madison, Steel piloted the use of Pressbooks and led a robust community of Pressbooks practitioners at the institution. (Read more about the projects Steel has supported on UW-Madison’s PressbooksEDU network, which now contains more than 300 books.)
As a power-user of the software, Steel has long found innovative educational use cases and pushed the boundaries of what Pressbooks could do, while advocating for new features with our developers and the open source developer community.
He has also conducted numerous trainings on how to use Pressbooks to create OER, not only within a community of practice at UW-Madison, but also at conferences and universities across the U.S.
(If you’d like to catch him this week, he’ll be speaking at OpenEd18 on Open Learning Platforms: The Next Frontier of the Struggle with Publishers, with Pressbooks founder Hugh McGuire. Details are here.)
We think there is no better expert to guide fellow faculty, instructional designers, and library publishing staff in using their PressbooksEDU networks to the fullest to further their institutional OER initiatives.
“I’m really excited to be joining the Pressbooks team,” says Steel Wagstaff. “I’ve long admired both the Pressbooks software and the organization’s values, and can’t wait to work with other educational users to expand the reach of their open publication networks.”
We hope you’ll be as thrilled to work with Steel as we are! Please join us in welcoming him to the Pressbooks team.