OER and Open Textbooks at UW-Madison

Two recent presentation about the state of OER development at UW-Madison

Public domain images found at Old New Stock (source 1 and 2).

This last week, I gave two recent presentations about the state of OER development at UW-Madison.

1. EI Brown Bag event on OER and Textbook Affordability, Tuesday, January 24, noon-1:15pm, Union South.

Kris Olds and I presented on UW-Madison’s OER strategic framework, our use of Pressbooks, and some of the open textbook efforts currently underway around campus. We had about 50 people in attendance, and have already created a couple of new open text projects from people who attended the event and were inspired to get started on their own projects. Our slides from the event are licensed CC-BY and can be viewed in Google Slides or downloaded as a PDF from EI’s website.

2. UW Pressbooks User Group Kickoff, Thursday, January 26, noon-1:30pm, 290 Van Hise Hall

In this meeting, Amanda Larson and I gave a brief presentation about the current state of development for Pressbooks, shared a roadmap for future development, gathered ideas from local Pressbooks users about feature requests and content authoring needs, and organized and scheduled a monthly users’ group meeting for anyone interested in using Pressbooks to create open texts of any kind. Our slides from this event are also CC-BY licensed and can be viewed in Google Slides or downloaded as a PDF.

Our next Pressbooks users group meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 22 from noon-1pm in 254 Van Hise. Our topic: “Pressbooks and H5P for Beginners.” We’ll give a short hands-on introduction to creating open texts with Pressbooks and using the H5P plugin to create interactive content, with demos and examples from some of our more experienced authors.