Pressbooks; Glossary Creation, DOI Integration

You can automatically create a glossary for your book on any Pressbooks network, add DOIs to your book’s metadata, and customize the automatic section labels for your book’s parts and chapters. Find this and more in the Pressbooks 5.6.0 update:

UW-Madison PressbooksEDU Instance Supports 70+ Open Publishing Projects

PressbooksEDU News

University of Wisconsin-Madison has been using Pressbooks as a platform to facilitate open educational resources (OER) and open textbook publishing for years.

Steel Wagstaff, an instructional technology consultant at UW-Madison, piloted the use of Pressbooks at the university starting in 2015 to help faculty create open educational resources for the UW-Madison’s College of Letters & Science.

After demonstrating the platform’s success, Steel reached out to Unizin, a higher education consortium of which UW-Madison was a founding member, to request that they host an open source Pressbooks network with additional plugins for the university. Unizin’s self-hosted network was launched in August 2016.

Since then, UW-Madison faculty and staff have created nearly 250 book shells on the network. Though many of these shells are used as sandboxes for new users to test how the platform works, at least 70 are real projects in later stages of development.

UW-Madison, along with other Unizin schools, migrated their production network to a PressbooksEDU hosted network in June 2018.


Textbooks for Pressbooks

A plugin that extends Pressbooks for textbook authoring.

Pressbooks is a content management and ‘one button publishing’ system for books.

Textbooks for Pressbooks adds functionality to Pressbooks to make it easier to author textbooks as well. The features it currently offers are:

Textbook Theme
Optional tabbed content (page citations, revision history, book information)
Extended Citation functionality
TinyMCE textbook buttons (learning objectives, key terms, exercises)
TinyMCE spell check
Prominent admin buttons (Import, Plugin)
Annotation functionality
Download links to openly licensed textbooks, ready to remix.
A remix ‘eco-system’ — Search and Import chapters from both local and remote instances of Pressbooks

Open Textbooks

Open Textbooks are open educational resources (OER); they are instructional resources created and shared in ways so that more people have access to them.
That’s a different model than traditionally-copyrighted materials.
OER are defined as “teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others” (Hewlett Foundation).

BCcampus Open Education

BCcampus Open Education contributes to the development of an open future for teaching practices and educational resources.

BC Open Textbooks. Open Textbooks Adapted and Created by BC Faculty.

Open Oregon

Open Oregon Educational Resources. Open textbooks.

Rebus Press

Find, create, and collaborate on books created by the Rebus Community.
The Rebus Press is a Pressbooks network available to members of the Rebus Community producing CC BY licensed open textbooks.