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Major Textbook Publishers Sue Open-Education Textbook Start-Up

April 9th, 2012 04:46 admin View Comments

Education

linjaaho writes “Three major textbook publishers have sued a startup company making free and open textbooks, citing ‘copyright infringement,’ as the company is making similar textbooks using open material. From the article: ‘The publishers’ complaint takes issue with the way the upstart produces its open-education textbooks, which Boundless bills as free substitutes for expensive printed material. To gain access to the digital alternatives, students select the traditional books assigned in their classes, and Boundless pulls content from an array of open-education sources to knit together a text that the company claims is as good as the designated book. The company calls this mapping of printed book to open material “alignment” — a tactic the complaint said creates a finished product that violates the publishers’ copyrights.’”

Source: Major Textbook Publishers Sue Open-Education Textbook Start-Up

Polish Government To Deliver Free Textbooks For All Kids Grades 4-6

April 4th, 2012 04:14 admin View Comments

Education

rekrutacja writes “Today the Polish government started a Digital School pilot program, which includes distributing e-textbooks. This came after a years-long effort by the Open Education Coalition and its members to persuade policy makers, that Open Educational Resources are the future of education. The last few months have been especially eventful, as the free textbooks part of the program was dropped by the Ministry of Education and reinstated again by the Prime Minister Office.”

Source: Polish Government To Deliver Free Textbooks For All Kids Grades 4-6

BitTorrent and Khan Academy To Distribute Education

February 11th, 2011 02:18 admin View Comments

Education

drDugan writes “BitTorrent, Inc. announced this morning that they have launched a partnership with the Khan Academy to distribute open education videos. They launched with more than 2,000 videos, covering high school and college level curriculum, across science, math, history, finance and test prep. All of the videos are free to download and open licensed with Creative Commons.”

Source: BitTorrent and Khan Academy To Distribute Education