eCampusOntario Open Publishing

eCampusOntario Open Publishing

Jun 30, 2017. | By: Dean Irvine

Agile is partnering with eCampusOntario, Pressbooks, and Ryerson University on an open publishing infrastructure prototype designed to enhance and expand eCampusOntario’s Open Textbook Library. This library, developed and shared by BCcampus, will provide access to high-quality, academically reviewed textbooks and open education resources (OER) for Ontario post-secondary students.

Co-ordination and leadership of this project is driven by a cross-functional team at Ryerson, including the Office of E-Learning, Ryerson University Library & Archives, the Chang School of Continuing Education’s Digital Education Strategies, Computing and Communications Services, and the Learning and Teaching Office. Agile is honoured to be invited to join this extraordinary team of OER innovators.

eCampusOntarioeCampusOntario Office, Photograph by Creative Silhouettes

Together, we’ll be prototyping an open publishing system for post-secondary institutions across Ontario. Agile will be responsible for the design and implementation of a WordPress theme that accommodates the Open Textbook app, Pressbooks plugin, and DSpace repository, as well as annotation, Lime Survey review, and Piwik analytics services. We’ll be collaborating with the Montreal-based Pressbooks development team at the Rebus Foundation and design team at Plank. Pressbooks is a GPL-licensed plugin that transforms a WordPress multisite install into a book production content management system, which exports in multiple formats: ebooks, web books, print-ready PDF, and various kinds of XML.

Agile’s experience in usability testing and UX design, especially for book discovery, will be an asset to the project, as will our network’s long history in digital and print book design, production, and distribution.

Timeline to launch of the prototype is September 2017. This project is made possible thanks to generous funding from eCampusOntario.

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