[Open-education] About Open Textbook Sprints/Hackathons

Clint Lalonde clalonde at bccampus.ca
Mon Aug 17 17:01:55 UTC 2015

Hi Werner, 

There was an open textbook sprint at University of Otago a couple years ago, lead by Erika Pearson, Bernard Madill, Richard White and Simon Hart at the University of Otago. As part of their project, they created (with support from CC New Zealand) a cookbook on facilitating an open textbook sprint. You can find it at http://creativecommons.org.nz/2014/06/the-open-textbook-cookbook/ 

I was one of the organizers of the BCcampus Geography Textbook Sprint last year. There are a number of other blog posts about the event that you might find useful. They have all been tagged and archived with the booksprint tag on the open.bccampus.ca website here: http://open.bccampus.ca/tag/booksprint/ 

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From: "Werner Westermann" <wernerwestermannj at gmail.com> 
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Subject: [Open-education] About Open Textbook Sprints/Hackathons 

Dear all, regards from Santiago, Chile. 

With the premise to participatory engage teachers and students, in a first place, as well as other profiles, that could contribute to building a Open Textbook from scratch, I've been looking for ways to approach a Open Textbook sprint or hackathon. I've been trying to pull out some kind of play script for such an event, as well as preliminary and post-event activities. The main practices reviewed come from these experiences: 

    * http://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/34643 Finnish experiencie with a math textbook. 
    * http://bccampus.ca/2013/11/25/thinking-about-a-bc-textbook-booksprinthackathon/ BC sprint, supported by the company Booksprints. 
    * http://hackeducation.com/2012/10/23/hacking-the-textbook/ Boston based open textbook companies. 

Any thoughts or references around a methodology/strategy for a Open Textbook sprint/hackathon? How does the idea of an "Open Textbook Sprint Playbook" sound? 

Best wishes, 

Werner Westermann 

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