|We've developed or are developing a number of foreign language textbooks and OER material at UW-Madison using a set of open-source authoring tools, including Pressbooks, H5P, and Hypothesis. We are currently working on building tighter integrations with our LMS, including the ability to transmit simple grade reporting and visualization of learner performance for both students and instructors for learning activities embedded in the text, and I've been involved or have contributed to a number of the open software projects that we're using to improve the open text authoring experience, including the three tools mentioned previously. |
The first text we published at UW-Madison was Português para principiantes, a Brazilian Portuguese text, which can be found at https://wisc.pb.unizin.org/portuguese/. We have several more foreign language projects under development for less commonly taught African and Asian languages, including Swahili, Arabic, Swahili, Hausa, Yorubu, Wolof, Hindi, Indonesian, and Tibetan. I've given a number of presentations and training sessions for language instructors on our campus and across North America, including an invited presentation at a recent Less Commonly Taught
Languages (LCTL) event organized by Michigan State and held in Chicago in September 2017. Slides for that talk can be viewed here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1eDsf0_ypeKC_9voq8k9s3I8i0escFsd6JMzAIK6CaDA/edit?usp=sharing
I've presented on our open textbook publishing and tool development work at a number of national open education conferences, including the Open Education Conference, and have spoken about Pressbooks and innovative open textbook authoring at a number of Big Ten/Unizin schools. I also contributed to the _A Guide to Making Open Textbooks with Students_, edited by Liz Mays and published using Pressbooks earlier this year by Rebus Press.
I've also published a series of short articles about this work on Medium over the past 2 years, which can be found at https://medium.com/@steelwagstaff/.
See Core Principles for an Open Authoring Tool here: https://medium.com/@steelwagstaff/core-principles-for-an-open-authoring-tool-db2df933dd8
See Open Educational Resources at UW-Madison [a 2016 report] here: https://medium.com/@steelwagstaff/oer-uw-madison-6116ee119696
See Adding Interactivity to Web Annotation: Putting H5P activities in the Hypothesis annotation layer here: https://medium.com/@steelwagstaff/adding-interactivity-to-web-annotation-8bfefb42af1e
See Getting Started with Pressbooks: A guide for users in Higher Education here: https://medium.com/@steelwagstaff/getting-started-with-pressbooks-ee3e5f07f4d2
See Connecting Pressbooks to Canvas: A Practical guide here: https://medium.com/@steelwagstaff/connecting-pressbooks-to-canvas-4e0a33c65740