Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Open Source Online Textbooks

Here's an innovative idea that helps deal with the high cost of textbooks and potential with the constant updates required for many subjects. Online textbooks from Connexions, that are licensed under creative commons. From their website:

Open-source online learning to replace textbooks
Connexions brings together authors, educators, and learners in a space where they can easily share expertise and experience.

Connexions allows anyone to create, view, and share educational material in the form of courses, books, and reports.

Creative Commons protects the work, allowing authors to set rules for use.

For example, a homeschooling parent or teacher with experience in a particular field could easily distribute that knowledge throughout the homeschooling community and beyond.
For a sample, take a look at:

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