The local newspaper, The News-Gazette, has a feature story this morning on the University’s pursuit of an open source textbook model. The leader of the initiative, Charles Evans, is considering the University of Illinois Press in the plans.
There are still challenges for open-source books with issues like copyrights, which were examined by the Urbana Faculty/Student Senate in December. But Evans said advantages seem to outweigh technical problems. He hopes to have such a textbook available at the end of the one-year grant. . . . It’s too early to say what the textbook will be about, but Evans gave an example of how different units could work together, from academic departments to the University of Illinois Press.