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Open government could lead to open-source textbooks

A post on the White House blog looks at some of the citizen-engagement efforts federal agencies are doing as required by the Open Government Directive.

One I found interesting is a dialogue from the Education Department that is examining the concept of open-source textbooks and other lesson materials.

According to Education Department officials, “Current textbooks are expensive, and not really great. Creating free textbooks that schools could modify for their own purposes would raise the bar.”

Do you think Wikipedia-style textbooks would work? Let us know by submitting your comments below.

Posted by Doug Beizer on Feb 12, 2010 at 7:24 PM


Reader Comments

Mon, Feb 15, 2010 Doug Beizer Washington, DC

Mike, thanks for the comment, I really appreciate it. I will definitely checkout the CK12.org site. It'll be really interesting to see how this progresses.

Sun, Feb 14, 2010 Mike california

Yes. Free open source textbooks are alive and well at both the college and k-12 level. Check out CK12.org. Initial free STEM textbooks are available now and more digital materials will be forthcoming as the company progresses and leverages more of an open source community for standards-aligned open digital materials.

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