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Using Wikipedia Articles for Rapid Deployment of OER Textbooks by Steve Foerster
While not commonly referred to as such, Wikipedia can be considered the largest repository of open educational resources in the world. This presentation focuses on the strength of Wikipedia as a collection of openly licensed learning objects, and how combining its articles into chapters and entire textbooks is easier than it might at first appear. Discussion is included on the difficulties surrounding the production and maintenance of textbooks that are open educational resources, an overview of Wikipedia's "Book Creator" tool, and responses to expected objections. Additional topics include considerations for use of images included in Wikipedia articles, handling nebulous claims of authorship, what open textbook repositories may be receptive to including textbooks generated by Wikipedia's Book Creator tool, and whether the opportunity provided by Wikipedia articles is sufficient to warrant founding a specific community of OER practitioners to take advantage of it.
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Keywords: co13, steve foerster
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