Last month at the Open Education Conference in Vancouver, Arthur ‘Gill’ Green from the University of British Colombia, Clint Lalonde of BCcampus, and Barbara Rühling of Book Sprints presented together a Book Sprint for an Open Geography Textbook for college students that we did in 2014.
The slides for the presentation You created an open textbook in 4 days?!?!? are online available here:
Clint had been part of the organization team of BCcampus who made the textbook Sprint happen and also participated during the four days, Gill spoke from his perspective as a participating scholar, and Barbara as the facilitator.
While Clint and Gill rocked on stage, Barbara participated remotely from Tel Aviv where she was facilitating a Book Sprint that week. In Tel Aviv it was 7:45 pm by the time the presentation started in Vancouver at 9:45 am, the Book Sprinters had already left the office and the cleaners kept coming in to vacuum the room or turn off the lights, but we had a fun and focused 30-minute session nevertheless, with good questions and great interest from the audience.
We had done a similar presentation at the BC Open Textbook Summit earlier this year with Barbara speaking remotely from Tokyo (another Book Sprint!). This time, Clint added a little gimmick, a second camera for Barbara to see the public and their reactions. From her side, it looked like this:
The presentation provoked positive reactions and a lot of discussion – time was short with so many other great sessions at the conference! Dr. Vivien Rolfe wrote in her blog that “this session blew me away”:
It is also impressive that a number of the textbook projects aren’t just working within one institution – this project involved faculty (teachers) from 4 post-secondary institutions in British Columbia with the aim of writing a first year Geography textbook, and that is what they did. I liked the careful choice of the team – teachers, librarians, instructional designers and a facilitator. It must have been an exhausting but exhilarating process. The draft book underwent peer review with further colleagues to engage them in the process. (Blog post OpenEd15 Soup, December 5 2015).
The BCcampus team wrote more on the Book Sprint here: http://bccampus.ca/2014/06/20/how-to-turn-a-great-idea-into-an-open-textbook-in-just-four-days/