Pressbooks, New Tool for Open Education Publishing

UW Madison has stepped up support for a campus tool to publish open education resources. Pressbooks is an open-source WordPress-based platform that lets users publish content to a variety of digital formats. Hosted by Unizin, Pressbooks provides a scalable solution to produce portable, reusable textbooks and educational content. The software may also be used to create lecture replacement modules for online or hybrid courses. Look for the ability to connect Pressbooks open education resources with Canvas course sites in Summer of 2017.

Examples of Pressbooks at UW Madison can be viewed online.  The new publishing tool was featured at a recent Active Learning Lab. Additional resources shared at the lab include videos and a step-by-step activity sheet.

School of Education faculty and staff are encouraged to join a Pressbooks user group to stay in touch with opportunities for hands-on training offered by campus partners.

To learn more, see OER resources posted by EDUCAUSE.  For information about open education resources at UW Madison including Pressbooks, please contact Jim Jonas or Angela Schiappacasse at MERIT.

SoE Staff Support for Canvas

UW Madison’s adoption of Canvas, a new learning management system is well underway.  MERIT staff play an active role with guiding the process of migrating or support building your course in Canvas. During the transition period, MERIT staff continue to support Desire2Learn and Moodle.  For instructional design and in-depth help, contact Catherine Stephens or Jim Jonas.

UW Madison Canvas help and support options include:

  • Check the UW Madison Canvas home page for an overview of the migration process and links to help resources.
  • Join the online Canvas Community to search and find help articles and stay in engaged with new updates to Canvas.
  • Contact Canvas Support by phone: 1-866-334-5933.

For more information or to request a MERIT consultation, please contact the MERIT Help Desk.  We look forward to working with you.