The Choice Between Interactive and Open

Via Scoop.itThe eLearning Site

Choosing between a free, easy-to-alter, and open digital textbook and a more interactive but more costly commercial equivalent isn’t easy.   And in a presentation here in Washington Tuesday at the annual Consortium for School Networking, the folks at the CK-12 Foundation, a nonprofit organization devoted to authoring open online texts, acknowledged that they can’t provide many of the design features of their commercial counterparts. But they just want you to know you still have a choice.   For four years now, the foundation, driven primarily by grant funding, has authored textbooks for free consumption that any teacher can download, change, or combine, thanks to the Creative Commons copyright licensing process.

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