I'm editing a series of open textbooks for Philosophy courses, and am learning a lot along the way. Here is a blog post about some things I've learned about accessibility and publishing open textbooks on the Pressbooks platform: http://blogs.ubc.ca/chendricks/2020/01/11/accessibility-open-textbooks/ #OER #OpenTextbooks #a11y
And here are links to the two Introduction to Philosophy open textbooks published so far:
Philosophy of Mind: https://press.rebus.community/intro-to-phil-of-mind/
@chendricks This is fantastic, thank you for all the work. I have just read through substance dualism.
It reads like Arendt with a more encyclopaedic touch. Very useful for revision/alignment of ideas, particularly if (like me) you never studied philosophy.
@ephemeral Oh my goodness...I hadn't logged on here in awhile and I missed this message. Thank you so much for letting me know the book is useful!
@chendricks - Thanks for sharing. That's a concise but valuable summary of pragmatic solutions for accessibility on the Pressbooks platform.
@mackiwg Sure! There is more, but I figured that was enough for tonight. There are lots of small process issues I've learned about when working on these books (not all about accessibility) and I want to document them all at some point besides just having them sit on the Rebus Community discussion threads!
@chendricks - Look forward to reading the next installment of lessons learned. I like how you have implemented image attributions using captions (but is potentially a challenge when thinking about remix scenarios outside of the Pressbooks platform) I have a keen interest in exploring the cross-over for integrating Pressbooks publications for OERu open online courses - so sharing your experiences are very valuable for us. Thank you.
@mackiwg Turns out we had to do image attributions with captions because the built in image attributions function on Pressbooks was configured in a way that made the attributions not quite right. See here: https://www.rebus.community/t/ethics-ed-george-matthews/519/148
Moving to captions for attribution was a workaround for now, until things get reworked. It's always something! :)
@chendricks - Workarounds are "hacks" for social innovation :-) - at least they function as "alt" descriptions for accessibility and highlight an opportunity for future open development. Ideally this attribution stuff should be integrated with the metadata of the image for cross platform reuse. We'll get there ;-).
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