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Tuesday, April 24


Open academic e-textbooks for STEM - lesson learnt
In this presentation authors will draw a reflective picture from 4 years of development open academic e-textbooks for STEM subjects at AGH University of Science and Technology. Focusing on the numbers - 14 e-textbooks built from 500 modules, 12 K users monthly, 806 users daily, gives some insight into the impact on academic community. However, four-year span of the project’s development and maintenance have required to redefine some of the primary assumptions.. In order to receive feedback from the users a short survey among academics and students will be carried out, to learnt on the use and prospects of the service. The main findings will be discussed in the presentation.

The authors will describe selected challenges with the focus on a technology, usability and openness and will explain the rationale behind each corresponding area. Firstly, the modular structure of the e-textbooks will be outlined to reflect technical effectiveness and usability of the platform. Secondly, the consequences of the 7 different formats will be discussed. Thirdly, the internal rules for writing the e-textbooks (grammar of the content) will be presented. Finally, the general attitudes of the academic teachers to the content development will be discussed.

The authors will share AGH UST’s findings and reflection upon testing how students and academic use e-textbook project and to which level primary assumptions met the actual needs of the users.


Karolina Grodecka

AGH University of Science and Technology

Jan Kusiak

AGH University of Science and Technology

Tuesday April 24, 2018 12:00 - 12:25
Classroom 1
Wednesday, April 25


The Open Faculty Patchbook: A Community Quilt of Pedagogy
The Open Faculty Patchbook is a community ‘patchwork’ of teaching skills and experiences. Each ‘patch’ has been written by a professor in higher education and is focused on one particular pedagogical skill. Together, these patches create a how-to-teach manual for higher education that is openly licensed and available to anyone. As mentioned, each chapter covers one pedagogical skill. We began our search for pedagogical skills to cover with the University of Michigan’s High Leverage Practices, but the scope of the patchwork does not end there. It is dictated by those who want to contribute their skill.
The faculty member who authors a chapter offers their take on it. They describe their learners and learning environment and how they deploy or use the skill in that space. It includes instruction on how to use the skill situated in a real example. There is a suggested template, but faculty members who sign up to co-author the book can take it from there.
In August 2017, the first manual was published, focused mostly on in-class instructional skills. Many of the patches, however, or transferable to online teaching. We are now ready to focus on other things like digital pedagogy as well as an entire separate patchbook focussing on the stories of how learners learn. In this session, we will showcase the work already done, and solicit the help of the participants in creating the next iterations of The Patchbook. Including The Open Learner Patchbook.
This whole idea has been inspired by an amazing project by Robin De Rosa: The Open Anthology of Earlier American Literature and the benefits of open educational practices.

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Terry Greene

Program Manager, eCampusOntario
Terry is a Program Manager at eCampusOntario, on secondment from Fleming College, where he is a Learning Technology Specialist. He holds a B.Ed. in Elementary Education from the University of Alberta and a M.Sc. in Instructional Design & Technology from the University of North Dakota... Read More →

Jenni Hayman

Arizona State University

Wednesday April 25, 2018 14:45 - 15:10
Commissie 2