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E-textbooks

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?

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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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