The College Open Textbooks Collaborative, a collection of twenty-nine educational non-profit and for-profit organizations, affiliated with more than 200 colleges, is focused on driving awareness and adoptions of open textbooks to more than 2000 community and other two-year colleges.
Our mission is expanding access to education by promoting awareness and adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER). Over 200 colleges have joined the consortium and many more participate in our activities and use the resources posted here.
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Open textbook authors publish their text on the Web with the support of their universities, or other non-profit or for-profit organizations. Open textbooks are usually governed by Creative Commons licenses that enable users to freely download, customize, and/or print the textbook without expressed and prior written consent of the author. Publishers often provide free access to open textbook content while charging lower prices for supplemental print products and services.
Openly Licensed. Acceptable licenses include Creative Commons Attribution, Attribution-Share Alike and Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike or similar. Some books may fall under a No-Derivatives license if the publisher offers an adequate customization program.
Complete. Only complete books, similar to traditional textbooks currently on the market, are included. Materials such as lecture notes, online courses, or drafts, are provided only as supplements to textbooks listed in the catalog.
Suitable for Adoption Outside the Author's Institution.
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The Orange Grove repository, is Florida's digital repository for instructional resources. The repository provides an environment for educators to search for, use, remix, share, and contribute educational resources. The repository can also be integrated with your Learning Management Systems (e.g., Blackboard, Desire 2 Learn, Canvas) . Discover, contribute, and import repository resources directly from your LMS
Writing Spaces is an open textbook project for college-level writing studies courses. Each volume in the Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing series contains peer-reviewed collections of essays about writing—all composed by teachers for students—with each book available for download for free under a Creative Commons license.
According to Educause, open textbooks are "textbooks released under an open license that allows copyright holders to specify which uses they allow." Usually this means anyone will have the right to access, download, revise, or customize the content, depending on the specific license.
For more information, see Educause Learning Initiative's "7 Things You Should Know About(TM) Open Textbook Publishing"