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Resource Lists & Open Textbooks (Information Session)
5th July 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
This session will provide an introduction and overview of the Resource List service and how it can be used to provide streamlined student access to learning and library materials. And an introduction and overview of Open Textbooks, what they are, how they can be used, and where to find them.
The Resource Lists service uses Leganto to create and manage online reading/resource lists. Lists can include library materials, journals, weblinks, links to Lynda.com tutorials, Box of Broadcasts playlists, Media Hopper videos, and more.
The key benefits of the Resource Lists service are:
Students: to provide and facilitate access to key course materials and, as a result, improve the student experience. Benefits to students include:
- Key resources become more accessible to students: students spend more time reading items on their lists than searching for them.
- Students can quickly see which items are ‘Essential’ reading: Resource Lists help students to prioritise their reading.
- Improved discovery of resources: students are introduced to key resources and signposted to further reading.
Academics: to simplify and streamline access to Library services, saving time and better supporting learning and teaching.
What are open textbooks? Open Textbooks are books that have been made accessible online free of cost and are often also openly licensed as Open Educational Resources to allow free modification, use, and sharing.
Due to concern over rising costs of textbooks the movement towards Open Textbooks has been growing in the US, Canada, and now the UK. This means there are now a number of providers and projects across the globe developing quality libraries and collections of open textbooks for Higher Education.
In this session we’ll provide an overview of Open Textbooks, what they are, how they can be used, and where to find them.
Bookings via MyEd: https://edin.ac/2MZQgU6