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Open Doors Group – College Open Textbooks Publishes US History on AcademicPub

ODG-COT announces availability of open-content textbook, US History, as an eBook.

 
PRLog - Feb. 17, 2013 - SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Open Doors Group-College Open Textbooks (ODG-COT) announced today the availability of the open-content textbook US History as an eBook.  It is considered to be the first open-licensed U.S. History textbook that follows the course for the College Board Advanced Placement exam. ODG-COT has also made bound copies of this eBook available and has chosen this book as its next featured textbook (http://www.collegeopentextbooks.org/opentextbookcontent/featured-us-history-first-edition (http://www.collegeopentextbooks.org/opentextbookcontent/featured-us-history-first-edition)).

The first edition of this book has been published on Academic Pub. “As leading providers of affordable customized and personalized books, we are very pleased to play a role in facilitating the creation of this historic first-ever open-licensed U.S. History textbook,” said Liza Murphy, Senior Vice President, Sales and Business Development, AcademicPub.  AcademicPub is the technology platform of SharedBook Inc., and is dedicated to creating tools that allow individuals to experience content interactively. “The flexibility, customizability and ease of use provided by our platform will make it possible for instructors to incorporate chapters from this book into their course packs and vice versa.”

US History is considered a standard text on the subject that covers the curriculum of most high school and college students. It will, therefore, be immediately useful to a large number of students.

Charles Key, Director of Adoptions, College Open Textbooks, and Grants for the Open Doors Group, said “We believe that this marks an important step forward in lowering the cost of education.  Courses on the history of the United States are some of the most popular at the two-year college level in the United States.  This book addresses the needs of the course in a very affordable format.  We are confident in the quality of the content, and encourage educators to consider building courses on U.S. History around this book.  Because it is completely open licensed, adopters are free to use and adapt the material, in whole or in part, in any way that fits their course curricula.”

US History was first created as a Wikibook (http://www.wikibooks.org) using crowdsourcing, a distributed production model that not only offers the advantage of continuously updated content, but also allows for enhancing the quality of material via a large community of cooperating editors.  ODG-COT has further edited the text to provide a more cohesive look and feel. In addition, by publishing on the AcademicPub platform, ODG-COT has given educators access to the material with unparalleled flexibility, and students receive the material at a very affordable cost.

Publication of this book complements another ODG-COT initiative that reinforces the importance of Open Education Resources (OER), its U.S. History Community of Practice. This community (http://collegeopentextbooks.ning.com/group/us-history-com...) provides a platform to encourage and support U.S. History instructors who adopt OER. COT has formed Communities of Practice in a variety of subject areas, each of which encourages its members to create and improve open texts and ancillaries and share best practices. The U.S. History community is the fourteenth such Community of Practice from COT.

About AcademicPub
AcademicPub, the technology platform of SharedBook Inc. for higher education, assembles, composes, prices and delivers custom textbooks - in eBook and/or print format. AcademicPub allows for immediate creation and inclusion of copyright-cleared content from anywhere, such as web articles, self-generated lectures or from the AcademicPub Content Library. Digital or print distribution generates a fast and easy way for educators to provide an engaging educational experience, with lower prices and up-to-the-minute materials for students. More information and free registration for faculty is available at http://www.academicpub.com. Headquartered in New York since 2004, SharedBook Inc. is privately held and can be found at  http://www.sharedbook.com.

About Open Doors Group – College Open Textbooks
Open Doors Group (ODG) is a collaborative of individuals and educational, non-profit, for-profit and government institutions.  Its purpose is to prepare students for the future by promoting, producing and distributing Open Educational Resources (OER); supporting students and educators in adopting and using OER; expanding access to education for all learners; and researching and evaluating the impact of OER. ODG sponsors a number of projects aimed at achieving these goals. ODG can be found at http://www.opendoorsgroup.org. College Open Textbooks, a project of ODG, seeks to drive the awareness, adoption, access, and affordability of open textbooks, primarily at the two-year college level.  The COT website links to more than 700 open textbooks in twenty-four subject areas, many of which are peer-reviewed.  COT also sponsors a number of Communities of Practice, self-supporting peer groups of educators who wish to support the adoption of OER in particular subject areas.  COT can be found at http://www.collegeopentextbooks.org.

For more information about this book and others published by ODG-COT, contact:
Rekha Raman
ODG-COT Sr. Manager of Marketing
rekha.raman@opendoorsgroup.org

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