Mozilla Education Status Meeting - June 22, 2009
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- Discussion of the Open Source Textbook project and how we might a) help with it; and b) align it with things we're doing at Mozilla Education. (Dave)
- James Boston
- Frank Hecker
- Dave Humphrey
- Mark Surman
- Chris Tyler
- 2 publishing currently in discussion
- prentice-hall - not comfortable with CC for entire text
- oreilly comfortable with CC but not strong in educational space
- oreilly don't think it's a strong commercial viability
- having a textbook is nice because those not deeply engaged can dip toe
- for profs who are terrified
- commercial viability a red herring maybe
- print on demand / download textbook might work better? (esp. India)
- getting content from a book that we can repurpose is a win
- getting Mozilla content included is also a win
- Mozilla content would have upfront and ongoing cost to develop and maintain
- material will become out of date quickly
- perhaps look at content that is more overview rather the technology specific
- eg. Mozilla philosophy and how Mozilla operates
- so not try to be Mozilla developer center?
- I think Greg has a vision of something practical
- certainly a nuts and bolt side but also goals as well
- is the goal something to teach from or something about teaching?
- or is goal a book on how to participate?
- it's for someone not already an expert inside open source
- textbook is a traditional safety net in educational institution
- is it a good use of our time?
- yes because we will have to produce material like this ourselves
- up to what level of effort?
- Greg wants book divided up, each doing only a part
- book would be weaker without Mozilla
- maybe it won't be a published text book but content that can be remixed
- calling it a textbook helps
- we'd be willing to put effort into writing a case study
- we agree that there is a market gap but it is a bit tangential to Mozilla needs
- limit effort but take out a part and do it
- if it's a general textbook on how to participate is what we have done with Mozilla Education content useful?
- would like more concrete proposal for how work is split up
- regarding publisher, shouldn't worry about who publishes or how or whether it is commercial viability
- content useful even in partial form if under right license
- commercial viability influences who works on it and how much
- don't want to be stuck with an textbook under wrong license