Open e-Textbooks for Access to Music Education

Open e-Textbooks for Access to Music Education

This is the blog of the Open e-Textbooks for Access to Music Education project. This project is a collaboration between the Reid School of Music and Education, Design and Engagement, and is generously funded by a Student Experience Grant.

We’re incredibly proud to announce the publication of our Fundamentals of Music Theory open textbook, which is the first ebook to be hosted on Edinburgh Diamond, a new service provided by Edinburgh University Library that supports the publication of academic and student-led Open Access books and journals. This open textbook is the result of a project […]

By Ifeanyichukwu Ezinmadu. My stance on the significance of the open education resources (OER) music theory e-textbook project – to me, the university, and the user of the material – is multidimensional with several questions I thought about during the project. Such that include (1) What does OER mean to me? (2) Has this project […]

By Ana Reina.  Two weeks ago, our team had the chance to participate in the OERxDomains Conference organized by the Association of Learning Technology. Lorna, Kari, Ifeanyichukwu and I delivered a short presentation about our project and the conclusions we had achieved so far working with OER resources transforming pre-existent content into a textbook. Besides […]

By Ifeanyichukwu Ezinmadu Attending the two days OERxDomains 2021 conference was a very insightful experience through which my co-interns and I were able to present about the ongoing music theory e-textbook project alongside Lorna Campbell.  Attending other seminars by speakers from around the world further opened up my mind towards understanding OER in a broader perspective and this blog will focus on discussing about three presentations that I find fascinating and relatable to the ongoing project […]

By Kari Ding. It was my first time to present in an online conference, and the most difficult thing to adapt to is, interestingly, that you could not see how did the audience react. I think this matters, because I always believe that even a simply nod provides recognition to the speaker. Referring back to […]

This is the transcript of a talk written by Lorna M. Campbell and Nikki Moran, presented at the OERxDomains21 Conference by Lorna M. Campbell, Kari Ding, Ifeanyichukwu Ezinmadu and Ana Reina Garcia. Slide are available from Slideshare: The Scale of Open Introduction This talk will reflect on how the University of Edinburgh’s strategic commitment to […]

After doing our research on the publishers that worked with open books, we got an idea of what we were aiming to have in our textbook and how we wanted it to be. To become more accessible and achieve wider public, we agreed that the textbook should be published in at least three main formats: HTML, EPUB […]

Pressbooks is an open-source content management system designed for creating books that exports in multiple formats such as PDF, EPUB, MOBI, Webbook, and HTML. This platform integrates WordPress for web content management and it is best known for its use of Webbooks to produce and distribute open educational resources (OER).   Pressbooks is designed for, but not limited to, educational institutions, but […]

Manifold is a non-for-profit open-source platform created by the University of Minnesota press to read and publish e-books in multiple formats.  This platform is designed not only to publish but also to engage with readers and host discussions about the content published with varied tools such as annotation, sharing, highlighting, bookmarking, and commenting.   In relation to publishing our open e-textbook, Manifold was considered due to the simplicity of […]

GitHub is a provider of Internet hosting for software development and version control using Git. GitHub pages is a subsidiary of GitHub which presents its content in form of a website.  Although it is designed to be used by users with some experience of coding, this has been simplified using Jekyll.  Jekyll is an additional extension which transforms plain text into codes in form of a static […]

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