Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching - MERLOT
Eighth International Conference

MERLOT: Still Blazing the Trail and Meeting New Challenges in the Digital Age

7-10 August 2008
Hilton Minneapolis Hotel
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA


August 8,2008 Friday, 10:00 am to 10:15 am     Mini Session (15 minutes):

The Online Textbook: A Student-Faculty Collaboration
Adopting, Adapting, and Authoring Digital Learning Resources

Presenter: Philip A.  Pecorino
, Ph.D.

Queensborough Community College, CUNY

School of Professional Studies, CUNY

Nassau and Suffolk County Community Colleges, SUNY

 Online textbooks are a student centered approach to the course textbook making text available anywhere and at anytime via computers including hand held devices. They contain the works of scholars and academics placed online under toll or open access. Some add the work of the instructor and the works of students in a single online textbook designed for students.  For learners online textbooks are economically advantageous and convenient and can contain materials at a level that can be adjusted to that of the learner.  For the instructor they can be easily revised following user feedback and can include student work.  Sample listing of five such works now in use by the presenter at


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