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Educational Resources Online: E-tips(e-textbook institutional publishing services)Professor Frank RennieUniversity of the Highlands and IslandsEdinburgh Napier University

ContentsSome background contextSummary of the e-tips research projectThe wider contextThe benefitsThe challengesThe lessons learnedWhat is next?



Area of UHI

Comparable coverage of England

The UHI networkNetworked access to files and softwareLocal telephone call accessLocal videoconference accessOnline catalogue of network librariesOnline as well as on-campus librariesOnline access to journal papersOnline access to e-booksOnline access to digital artefacts

The motivation

The institution as an e-textbook publisherFour projects in the UKThree year study, 350KPartnershipLews Castle College UHIUHI EDU staffEdinburgh Napier University

JISC Programme

Who is this for?This is a pilot of the e-publishing processNot intended to be comprehensive textbooksGuidelines for student orientation and studyGeneric subjects with long shelf-lifeActive links to open educational repositoriesAffordable globallyFull documentation of the institutional development process

E-tipsFor further information contact: jacky.macmillan@uhi.ac.uk (Project Manager)or frank.rennie@uhi.ac.uk (Principle Researcher)

Objective:To explore models and processes for universities to publish digital versions of their scholarly products. (e.g.Textbooks & monographs)

(e-textbook institutional publishing services)

Outputs:1( Two e-books2) Study into their adoption3) Linked website4) Document the complete process

The e-textbooks

How to prepare a dissertation

2) Getting started on researchA three-year project, funded by JISC. Four models are being tested, by the UHI/Napier, London, Liverpool, and Nottingham Universities.

* E-books published on Amazon kindle* Complementary website of open learning resources* Links to courses* Opportunities for future scholarly publications

Why would we do this?Geographical equivalence for students /staffCostWider dissemination of our workOpening up new audiencesBrand and reputationPublic good

The book(s)How to write a research dissertation

Companion website(s) http://www.etextbooks.ac.uk/dissertation/

The wider contextThe Attention EconomyPost-capitalist contradictionsBlurring of work and non-work timeMarket inability to fix prices consistentlyRise of collaborative and networked productionProduction of free stuff and non-copyrightNon-economic benefits (social good)

The benefitsNetworked information as a public goodWide and affordable access to educationContributing to a community of practiceEnhancing the brand of the institutionEnhancing the reputation of the author(s)Extra product(s) for diminishing costsCollaborative resources are made available

The challengesA different management structure is requiredA different cost/benefit model needs agreementOngoing curation is neededTechnical solutions change and evolveCareful selection of subject matter is neededEnsuring that the institutional brand gets recognised

The lessons learnedThe pre-production processes are similarThe superabundance of information lowers pricesThe half-life of knowledge generation is reducingChanging dynamic of information as a social goodCreation, re-creation, co-creation is possibleThe cost of reproduction falls towards zeroHuman behaviour is changing information useThe media is changing and will continue to evolve

Explore related optionsAcademic monographs / PG dissertationsNetwork the global academyPrint on demand optionsLinks to specific programmes/modulesLinks to evolving open educational resourcesLinks to new search engines

What is next?

View this presentation again atwww.slideshare.net/frankrennieMore info at www.lews.uhi.ac.uk/frennieBloghttps://uheye.wordpress.com/


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