Introducing Pressbooks Directory

Enabling the 5Rs with a powerful tool for searching and sharing books

When Pressbooks educational product manager Steel Wagstaff heard from a long time client, “I wish there was a single place where all Pressbooks content could be found,” a proverbial apple hit him on the head. It would be really nice to have a directory of all public books created by the generous, smart, and resourceful faculty and librarians who use Pressbooks. The community of Pressbooks users is a powerful force that can solve many of the challenges facing higher education. What if we harnessed that power in one directory? And so the Pressbooks Directory was born.

The Pressbooks Directory is free for anyone to use. 

Instructors, librarians, administrators, and even students can search thousands public books created on the Pressbooks Authoring & Editing Platform. The Directory includes public domain literature, CC BY open textbooks, and a vast variety of open educational resources (OER) published all along the license spectrum. More resources are added every day as Pressbooks users continue to do the good work of open education. 

Source (Read More): https://pressbooks.com/2020/12/02/introducing-pressbooks-directory/

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Instructors, librarians, administrators, and even students can search thousands public books created on the Pressbooks Authoring & Editing Platform. The Directory includes public domain literature, CC BY open textbooks, and a vast variety of open educational resources (OER) published all along the license spectrum. More resources are added every day as Pressbooks users continue to do the good work of open education. 

The Pressbooks Directory works by collating public books created on PressbooksEDU networks and allowing users to search the metadata written by the authors of the books. Search by natural language and/or use faceted search to filter books by subject, license, network, language, publisher, word count, number of H5P activities, and more. Depending on the license chosen by the author of the text, users of the Directory can download books, and if they’re using the Pressbooks Authoring & Editing Platform, clone content and adapt it for any classroom. 

https://pressbooks.directory/

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:

https://pressbooks.education/news/2018/11/whats-new-on-pressbooksedu-glossary-creation-doi-integration-and-more/

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.

Source: https://pressbooks.education/news/2018/08/uw-madison-pressbooksedu-instance-supports-70-open-publishing-projects/

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

https://github.com/BCcampus/pressbooks-textbook

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.