Self-intro and question about Pressbooks

(Dan Allosso) #1

Hi all!

I’m Dan Allosso in Minnesota. I was at UMass Amherst a few years ago in grad school, and did a LOT of blogging and social media type stuff. Now I’m teaching History at Bemidji State and I do much less. But it may be time to get into a new online community, so here I am.

OER seems to have a lot of the disruptive potential I always gravitated toward during my career in high tech. I’ve recently published an environmental history textbook on Pressbooks and I’ve just returned from the "E"ffordability Summit at UW Stout this week, where I met a lot of cool people and picked up a BUNCH of ideas I’m going to try in the next couple of semesters. So I’ll probably be talking about them on my blog and here.

My question about Pressbooks is, is the Rebus instance of Pressbooks something I could use to publish my work? As I mentioned, I’ve recently published an OER (https://mlpp.pressbooks.pub/americanenvironmentalhistory/ ) using the first Pressbooks instance I was able to find. I’m reasonably happy with the results, but I don’t have access to H5P or Hypothesis, which might make my book better. I’ll be lobbying my library system to update their version, but if that fails…So I’m curious how the Pressbooks ecosystem works. Thanks!

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(Zoe Wake Hyde) #2

Hi Dan! Great to have you join us. Glad you picked us to get back involved with online communities again :smile:

Sounds like the Effordability Summit sparked a lot of excitement for a lot of people. We were sorry to miss it, but followed along online (that rockstar panel on open pedagogy alone…!). Would love to hear how you go about putting ideas into practice. Any highlights?

When it comes to Pressbooks, we have been able to offer access to a set of projects to date, but as we open up more we need to review how that will work in future. Will keep you posted!

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