Webinar: Perspectives on Open Textbooks from Two WA Faculty Authors

Join this Elluminate session* about Open Education Resources hosted by Cindy Foreman

  • Date: 11-18-09 (Wednesday)
  • Time: 3:00pm (Please plan to arrive 10 minutes early)
  • Location: Library Room 103 (will be via Elluminate)
  • Contact Info: Brendan Pust, x2012 or bpust at clark.edu

Part 1: “Open Textbooks from an Author’s Perspective” (30 min)

Bio: Robert Beezer is a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA.  He joined the faculty there in 1984 after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.  Besides advocating for open textbooks, he is also a developer for Sage, a comprehensive open-source program for mathematics.

What motivates someone to write an open textbook?  How much of the editorial and production process is within reach of an individual?  How is the experience different from writing a traditional textbook?  What is different about teaching from an open textbook?  I will answer these questions with examples from my experiences writing and publishing a mathematics textbook, “A First Course in Linear Algebra.

Part 2: “Another Perspective on Authoring an Open Textbook” (30 min)

Bio: David Lippman is a professor of mathematics at Pierce College Ft Steilacoom, a community college in Lakewood, WA, where he has been teaching since 2000.  He is best known in the Washington community college math circle as the guy who created WAMAP.org (aka IMathAS), a free, open-source online course management and math assessment system.

I’ll discuss my journey of writing an open textbook “Math in Society,” including my motivation, how existing open textbooks guided my decisions, using my students as guinea pigs, and my experience with the bookstore. I’ll share some general thoughts on openness and collaboration in textbooks that need consistency and accuracy, and some thoughts about license selection.

*Note: For those who missed it, you may view the recording…

Webinar: Perspectives on Open Textbooks from Two WA Faculty Authors

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