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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Open Textbooks: Computer Science

The open textbook movement is in full flower, and curious parties can find topics covering horticulture, engineering, and philosophy scattered across the Internet. This particular website brings together over three dozen college level textbooks from the field of computer science.

Photo: College Open Textbooks

The site includes computer science textbooks from the Open University in the United Kingdom, the University of Oregon, and a number of other universities. The titles are arranged alphabetically, and they run the gamut from "Accessibility of eLearning" to "XML-Managing Data Exchange".

Visitors will note that while not all of the textbooks have been vetted by professional reviewers, those that have been reviewed have a "*" symbol next to their name.

About College Open Textbooks 

The Community College Open Textbooks Collaborative is funded by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. This collection of sixteen 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. This includes providing training for instructors adopting open resources, peer reviews of open textbooks, and mentoring online professional networks that support for authors opening their resources, and other services.

The initiatives and leadership of College Open Textbooks are driven by member organizations including Benetech Bookshare, California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, Carnegie Mellon University, Community College for Open Educational Resources, Foothill De Anza Community College District, Flat World Knowledge, Florida Distance Learning Consortium, Happy About, Inc., Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME), League of Innovation, Macmillan Dynamic Books, MERLOT, Open Education Resources Center for California, Rice University Connexions, Textbook Media, Virtual Ability, and Words & Numbers.

The formation of the College Open Textbooks coincides with the growing international interest in open educational resources and the need to move to open digital textbooks as a way to help financially distressed states such as California reduce the cost of public education.
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Source: Internet Scout Project