The University Press of Florida brings over 65 years of publishing experience to support the creation of new open textbooks. UPF works with potential authors to: identify appropriate content areas, discuss text outlines and requirements, text production, and composition. Contact UPF about authoring an open textbook to be placed in The Orange Grove repository.
The Florida Distance Learning Consortium is a network of all public (39) post secondary institutions in Florida that serve 1.3 million postsecondary students annually. This legislatively funded entity supports all institutions in their delivery of technology mediated learning through quarterly meetings, web services and resources including an online catalog of distance learning courses at www.distancelearn.org and an emerging storehouse of learning content and open textbooks, The Orange Grove Repository.
In the past few years, FDLC staff have applied for and received two Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) grants: (1) The OnCoRe Blueprint Project (http://www.oncoreblueprint.org/) to develop a blueprint for creation of a statewide higher education repository, and (2) The Open Access Textbook Project, to develop a sustainable model to discover, produce, and disseminate open textbooks. Robin Donaldson, Project Manager of The Orange Grove Digital Repository, is is also Project Director and Principal Investigator for the Open Access Textbook FIPSE grant project.
The Orange Grove Digital Repository (OGR) is an online, statewide initiative to store and manage Florida’s instructional, organizational, and professional development resources for discovery, use and remixing by approximately 230,000 faculty and administrators. A wide range of resources from multiple sources are available through The Orange Grove: flash animations, lessons, videos, open access textbooks, books, games, maps, pictures, graphs, lesson plans, professional development materials, courses, institutional research, planning documents, and more.
Orange Grove Text Plus (OGT+) is a joint initiative of the University Press of Florida and The Orange Grove Repository, Florida’s Digital Repository. The goal of this partnership is to reduce the cost of books to students by offering texts that are affordable, accessible, and adaptable to reader preferences.
Orange Grove Text Plus is a subsection of the open textbooks available in The Orange Grove Repository. The repository houses all open textbooks that our staff discover. As part of the Orange Grove review process, staff at the University Press of Florida (UPF), our statewide press, review each open textbook to see if it is a good candidate for offering in on-demand print format.
Texts that are selected for OGT+ are assigned a unique ISBN number, and a link is added to that resource in the repository to allow users to order a print copy of the text directly from the printer, Integrated Book Technology. In addition, OGT+ contains other scholarly works published by the University Press of Florida. These are also i available for viewing and as a print on demand purchase from within OGT+, with more titles added on a continuing basis.
Some considerations in making this decision are: market demand; assurance that all components are in copyright compliance, and technical details of the text.