Monday, April 30, 2012

A Blend of OERs, Peer Reviews, and Badges, funded in part by the Hewlett Foundation, is taking peer reviewed open textbooks to the next level by offering a Textbook Reviewer badge.  

The extensive badging process (including reviewer training, previous peer-accepted reviews, and an application) will hopefully give credibility and authority to the growing collection of open educational resources and textbooks on the internet.  All reviewers must have “a minimum of one year of recent teaching experience” and an accepted CV/resume. Based on a variety of criteria, submitted textbook reviews are thoroughly checked and edited before they are posted.

Akadémos, a virtual bookstore for colleges and universities, has just launched a beta version of their textbook adoption tool.  Although tied to a for-profit company, Akadémos review and comparison tools include open textbooks.  In this model, both teachers and students can post text and video reviews.  The comparison wheel shows where the textbooks for an area of study have been adopted, the list prices, affordability ratings, and plenty of publisher details.  

To see a complete list of an OER compared to commercial textbooks for Intro Statistics: Click Here.

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