May 17, 2022

Event Report: “Architecting the Future of Open Textbooks in Minneapolis”

From the Coko Foundation:

The Open Textbook Network and Coko kicked off a collaboration on December 11, 2019, at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. The two communities came together to address a shared problem: Helping authors write and design an open textbook. Together, over the next three years and supported by IMLS funding, they will be designing a tool to support authors with the book making process.

The day’s work was driven by the experiences of the advisory group. “Our advisory group represents a variety of roles in OER production, and they have creative and practical ideas for how to support authors in making structured open textbooks both in terms of workflows and tools,” said Karen Lauritsen, Open Textbook Network’s Publishing Director. “We had a very productive kickoff meeting in Minneapolis and are excited to continue our work together in close collaboration with Adam and Coko.”

Coko Founder Adam Hyde facilitated the advisory group, guiding them to address specific parts of the complex book-making process and imagine possible solutions.

The advisory group decided that they wanted to focus on helping authors structure textbooks in two scenarios: 1) Author in the wild, acting solo, and 2) Author collaborating with others including other authors.

Learn More About What Was Discussed in the Complete Blog Post

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