[BIO] Foundations of Biology [project lead: Tim Dolan, Greenfield Community College]
BASIC PROJECT INFORMATION
Title: Foundations of Biology
Authors: Amanda Murray Hyde, Jennifer Williams, and Shannon Compton
Project coordinator: Tim Dolan, Greenfield Community College
Target audience: First semester survey courses at community colleges, with a mixture of biology majors and gen-ed students.
Single author or Multiple authors: Multiple.
Rebus project manager(s): Hugh McGuire, Zoe Wake Hyde
License: CC BY
Help needed: see below
ADDITIONAL PROJECT INFORMATION
Book description: This project will involve merging OpenStax Biology and OpenStax Concepts of Biology to create a version suitable for the mixed groups that are taught in a community college setting.
Importing into Pressbooks (the first step)
Accessibility and tagging checks
Training for the team
Gather potential contributors
Begin pulling Concepts of Biology into Pressbooks
Draft first three chapters (Jen)
Select review questions and move into alternate formats
Begin pulling Biology into Pressbooks
Draft main content (Amanda and Shannon)
Begin first-round accessibility checks (Tim)
Continue developing content
Begin second round accessibility checks (collaborators)
Begin informal peer review of chapters (Kate at GCC, possibly others)
Continue with content, accessibility work, and peer review
Begin proofreading (collaborators)
Continue with content, accessibility work, peer review, and proofreading
Begin cover design (GCC publications director)
Format front and back matter
June 1, 2017: submit draft version in compliance with MA Go Open grant
June, July, August 2017
Make final editorial decisions and continue with proofreading, etc.
How to participate:
Sign up to the forum, and post below, letting us know what level of involvement you would like to have. Also, please give us an idea of your background, and particular area of expertise. We’ll be following up shortly with more concrete requests as we proceed.
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Updates from my end:
I’ve contacted BCcampus to ask whether they are working on a PB version of the Biology book.
Here is the Canadian edition of the OpenStax Concepts of Biology book, from BCcampus: https://opentextbc.ca/biology/
@zoe could you please put that book into the Rebus instance, as a reference. We can then easily help @tdolan & team get the bits they want into their own book.
- Lumen Learning has a bunch of Biology courses available on a Pressbooks instance, see:
In particular, Biology I seems to have lots of OpenStax content in it. I don’t know how much editing etc has happened:
… but all of this can come into Pressbooks much more cleanly than the OpenStax source files.
I suggest we (as Rebus) try to focus on getting a complete collection of OpenStax books in Pressbooks in “clean” versions – which will make it easy for people to edit / remix / revise them.
@dolant Hey Tim, am I right in thinking you’re not planning on using the OpenStax quiz questions in your version? I haven’t been able to find a good way to copy over the solutions, so could save us some time if they’re not necessary. Will keep at it if they are, though!
I am willing to organize some photo research for this book
Thanks @aludbrook! We’ll let you know when we get closer to that stage.