(re)Inventing the free online textbook

Sean Connor, Colony, May 14, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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Saylor knows how we feel. "First came free online courses. Now come…free online textbooks (Coursera to offer students free online textbooks, with conditions | WaPo). Call us picky, but the implication that free textbooks are an xMOOC innovation is a bit frustrating, especially coming a couple days before we announced the release of a free-and-open, no-strings-attached college mathematics textbook. Even more especially after we’ve spent a couple years seeking, vetting, and deploying free, open textbooks, in free, open-as-we-can-get-’em courses." I would say "a bit frustrating" is probably a bit of an understatement.

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