The 5R activities of OER

cassette tapeDuring his 2019 TAA Textbook & Academic Authoring Conference presentation, “Why I Chose to Publish OER, What I Learned, and Do I Have Regrets”, with Jeanne Hoover, Dave Dillon, TAA Council member and author of the award-winning open textbook Blueprint for Success in College and Career, shared the 5R activities permitted by open access.

Defining the “open” in open content and open educational resources (OER), Dillon noted, “The terms ‘open content’ and ‘open educational resources’, describe any copyrightable work that is either (1) in the public domain or (2) licensed in a manner that provides users with free and perpetual permission to engage in the 5R activities” below. [Read more…]

Open access is now: Good news or bad news?

open signAt the TAA Conference in Philadelphia this past month, I heard many comments about open access. They varied widely from support, to derision, to misunderstanding, to apathy.

First, what is open access? In its purest form, open access is offering or publishing material online, free of cost or barriers with an open license that removes most restrictions on use and reuse. The open access or OA movement has been around twenty plus years with its roots going back much farther than that. [Read more…]

Join us for the 3/4 TAA Webinar, ‘How Textbook Authors Can Prosper With Open Content’

Brian JacobsJoin us Wednesday, March 4 from 3-4 p.m. ET for the one-hour TAA webinar, “How Textbook Authors Can Prosper With Open Content

”, presented by Brian Jacobs, Founder of panOpen. Register

This presentation introduces a new model for textbook and academic authors to work with open content. Authors have mostly viewed the movement for open content with understandable skepticism and concern, as there are few controls over the shaping of content and usually no financial compensation for its use.  [Read more…]