About EdTech Books

We have created this site and provided all of our content freely, because knowledge should be free, and educational technology should lead the way!

Our Goal

Our goal is nothing less than providing the best open textbook publishing platform and author experience on the web!

Our Values

We have four guiding values for this initiative:

  1. Freedom — All of our content is freely available, and most of it is free to remix, reuse, and redistribute without seeking permission.
  2. Accessibility — We design all of our content with a mobile-first mindset that focuses on making content fast and accessible to all.
  3. Usability — All of our content undergoes ongoing usability testing to improve our users' experiences.
  4. Quality — Our content is created by leaders in the field, and much of it undergoes similar peer review processes used by journals or editorial review processes used by book publishers.

Our Impact

The impacts of a resource like this are multi-faceted and difficult to quantify, because it can improve learning, foster sharing, increase collegiality, and provide a variety of other social benefits. For a current estimate of our quantifiable cost savings to students, however, please visit our impact page [https://edtechbooks.org/impact].

Impact Estimates [https://edtechbooks.org/impact]

Licensing

We only include content on this site that is gratis (free as in no cost), but not all content may provide freedoms to users for remixing, etc. (free as in freedom). Each book included in this site is released under its own license, and some include chapters or other content that may be released under yet another license. If you have questions about reuse, remixing, etc., please consult the copyright notice on the individual work.

Books that are hosted on other sites (e.g., PressBooks) that we link to may have their own licensing requirements.

Can Your Textbook Do This?

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Why Textbooks?

Some educators believe that the textbook, like print media, is effectively dead or that it perpetuates poor pedagogical practices. We sympathize with these attitudes but also recognize a few realities.

First, most courses in the U.S. still rely upon a textbook (69% according to Seaman & Seaman, 2018). Second, much of the lack of adoption of open educational resources (OER) can be attributed to their lack of perceived quality and difficulty in finding them. And third, packaging OER into a usable, flexible textbook format makes these resources more appealing and accessible to diverse educators who exhibit a wide array of technical skills and motivations to use OER. In short, open textbooks provide a simple, first step into the world of OER, and though some may criticize open textbooks as not being radical enough, it is precisely their combination of the old and familiar with the new and radical that makes them a trialable, compatible, and relatively advantageous innovation (cf., Rogers, Diffusion of Innovations, 2003) that practically any educator can readily adopt.

Features

We have worked hard to design and continually improve this site to be the best open textbook platform on the web. Some features include the following:

For more information about features, please visit the complete feature list [https://edtechbooks.org/-YUN]. Or to see a list of recent updates, visit the updates log [https://edtechbooks.org/-SJs].

Ownership

By hosting or linking to content on this site, we do not claim ownership of the content, and we or our partners should not be viewed as supporting the veracity or opinions of content authors. All specific content items merely reflect the opinions of their authors.

Publish with Us

Want to get your book published and reach a wider audience? Want to do research on user experiences with your book? Contact us [mailto:admin@edtechbooks.org], and we'd love to chat with you about hosting your book for free.

It's been fabulous working with this platform - so much easier and more well-designed than the other OER platforms out there.

Dr. Torrey Trust, University of Massachusetts - Amherst
 

Submit an Existing Book

Do you have a great, free textbook that you would like to see included in our list? Submit a link to your book [https://edtechbooks.org/-KaG], and we will attempt to include it.

Contribute to a Project

If you would like to contribute to an existing project by writing or editing a chapter, please contact the book author(s) directly.

For a list of projects that are currently soliciting contributions, please visit the current projects [https://edtechbooks.org/-HkV] page.

Contact Us

This site is developed and maintained by Dr. Royce Kimmons [http://roycekimmons.com] at Brigham Young University [https://education.byu.edu/ipt].

If you have questions or requests, please direct them to the website administrator at admin@edtechbooks.org [mailto:admin@edtechbooks.org].

Steering Committee

Name Role Affiliation
Dr. Royce Kimmons [http://roycekimmons.com] Founder Brigham Young University
Dr. Charles R. Graham [https://edtechbooks.org/-UQh] Member Brigham Young University
Dr. Richard E. West [http://richardewest.com/] Member Brigham Young University

Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Sam Jackson and Bill Kemsley for inspiring and informing the site design.

Technical Jargon

Many users want to know additional details about the technology underlying our platform. This system was created by Dr. Royce Kimmons. It is scripted in PHP and Javascript (jQuery) and has a MySQL back end. The front end is developed using the Bootstrap library. Hosting servers utilize Linux (Ubuntu) and are hosted by Amazon (AWS/Lightsail). PDF generation utilizes the mPDF library. The source code for the project is not currently available but will be released in the near future via GitHub under an open license.