Pressbooks Blog

Creating Online Learning Experiences is New Resource for MOOC Creators, Instructional Designers

The University of Texas – Arlington PressbooksEDU network was created in February of 2018. Creating Online Learning Experiences, by UTA Learning Innovation Coordinator Matt Crosslin and collaborators, was the first book released on the network. Originally, the book was conceived as a resource for instructors working with his department to create massive open online courses,

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UW-Madison PressbooksEDU Instance Supports 70+ Open Publishing Projects

University of Wisconsin-Madison has been using Pressbooks as a platform to facilitate open educational resources (OER) and open textbook publishing for years. Steel Wagstaff, an instructional technology consultant at UW-Madison, piloted the use of Pressbooks at the university starting in 2015 to help faculty create open educational resources for the UW-Madison’s College of Letters &

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More Theme Improvements on the Way!

We’ve got a big series of changes to Pressbooks book themes coming up. Depending what stage your book is in, you may want to take action. Read on for details. Why the changes? The Pressbooks team has been working on developing better, standardized, more user-friendly book themes for almost a year now. If you’ve been

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The Ohio State University Has 60 Books in Development as Part of Textbook Affordability Initiative

At The Ohio State University, Pressbooks has become an integral platform for the university’s open textbook affordability initiative. The university already has 18 published books on its Pressbooks network, a handful of private books being used in OSU classes, and almost 60 new books in development, says Michael Shiflet, Digital Publishing Coordinator, Affordability and Access,

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We’re Partnering with Unizin to Host PressbooksEDU Networks at 14 Higher Education Institutions

At Pressbooks, we’re beyond excited to be partnering with Unizin, a nonprofit consortium of leading higher education institutions, to host PressbooksEDU networks at 14 U.S. universities. The universities include: Indiana University Ohio State Oregon State University Penn State University of Central Florida University of Iowa University of Florida University of Michigan University of Minnesota University

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LTI and CAS Integrations Now Available on Pressbooks Networks

This week, we’re releasing two new features that will make Pressbooks systems even more powerful for use in education. These include the V1 releases of our learning tools interoperability (LTI) and Central Authentication Service (CAS) secure sign-on plugins. LTI V1 Over the past year or so, we’ve received numerous requests to integrate Pressbooks with universities’

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Pressbooks Q3 Roadmap Forecast

We’ve just completed our quarterly planning meeting. Here’s a review of our year so far and a glimpse of the features we’ll be working on in Q3. We’ve introduced a TON of improvements in the past two quarters, as part of an array of custom development contracts. In Q1, we: redesigned the Pressbooks webbook introduced

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New Admin Menus for PressbooksEDU Network Managers

In response to feedback from network managers, we’ve made some improvements to the user interface for admins on Pressbooks networks. We’re adding two new tabs to the existing menu in the Pressbooks dashboard for network managers. The first of these is a new “network admin” option. This takes network managers to the areas they’ll need

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We’re Changing Our Policies to Serve You Better

Starting July 5, we’re making a change in our policy that will allow us to improve Pressbooks and continue to offer you the best service we can. Spammers cause a surprising amount of strain on our server and business, which takes valuable resources away from serving YOU, our loyal authors and core clientele. To discourage

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Updates and Bug Fixes to 5 Themes Coming Soon!

Note: This communication applies to PressbooksEDU and hosted client networks only, NOT to Pressbooks.com. Go here for the communication that applies to Pressbooks.com. (Note: There are a few exceptions–your network manager will have received an email if you are one of them.) We’ll be releasing some improvements and bug fixes to five themes (McLuhan, Andrews,

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