Week 1: Open Education and Open Textbooks

January 12-18, 2015

Facilitator: Clint Lalonde

Topic: There are many layers when thinking about open education and open textbooks. In this first week of the workshop, we'll begin by peeling those layers back, starting with what "open" actually means in the context of education. We'll then move on to look at what open educational resources are and, more specifically, what are textbooks.


  • Identify the different ways that the word "open" is used in the context of education
  • Define and identify open educational resources (OER) and how open textbooks relate to OER
  • Identify the qualities that make a textbook open
  • Explain what the 5 R's are and why they are important in open education


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