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A Digital Ecosystem for the Collaborative Production of Open Textbooks: The LATIn Methodology

Silveira, Ismar Frango and Ochôa, Xavier and Cuadros-Vargas, Alex and Pérez Casas, Alén and Casali, Ana and Ortega, Andre and Silva Sprock, Antonio and Henrique Alves, Carlos and Collazos Ordoñez, Cesar Alberto and Deco, Claudia and Cuadros-Vargas, Ernesto and Knihs, Everton and Parra, Gonzalo and Muñoz Arteaga, Jaime and Gomes Dos Santos, Jéssica and Broisin, Julien and Omar, Nizam and Motz, Regina and Rodés, Virginia and Hernández C. Bieliukas, Yosly A Digital Ecosystem for the Collaborative Production of Open Textbooks: The LATIn Methodology. (2013) Journal of Information Technology Education: Research, 12. 225-249. ISSN 1547-9714

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Abstract

Access to books in higher education is an issue to be addressed, especially in the context of un-derdeveloped countries, such as those in Latin America. More than just financial issues, cultural aspects and need for adaptation must be considered. The present conceptual paper proposes a methodology framework that would support collaborative open textbook initiatives. This meth-odology intends to be the main guideline for a digital ecosystem for the collaborative production of open textbooks and has the potential to solve standing methodological problems of current ini-tiatives, such as Wikibooks and Connexions. The system's architecture and construction will be guided by six collaborative writing di-mensions: process, roles, timing, con-trolling, granularity, and writing groups. Each dimension will coordinate an as-pect of the collaborative work and is detailed in the methodology proposed in this paper. This paper is divided in the following parts: the first part introduces the sub-ject, being followed by an analysis of related works about collaboration and Computer-Supported Cooperative Work; in this section, some authors, ideas, and methodological aspects of collaborative writing are also discussed. Next, the paper shows the proposal of a Digital Ecosystem for the collaborative creation of open text-books, the six dimensions of this Ecosystem, and its respective descriptions. The work finishes with some conclusions about the proposal and the next steps needed to implement it in the real world.

Item Type:Article
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - INPT (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UPS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse - Jean Jaurès - UT2J (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse 1 Capitole - UT1 (FRANCE)
Other partners > Universidad Central de Venezuela (VENEZUELA)
Other partners > Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral - ESPOL (ECUADOR)
Other partners > Universidad de la República - UdelaR (URUGUAY)
Other partners > Universidad del Cauca - Unicauca (COLOMBIA)
Other partners > Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes - UAA (MEXICO)
Other partners > Universidad Católica San Pablo - UCSP (PERU)
Other partners > Katholieke Universiteit Leuven - KU LEUVEN (BELGIUM)
Other partners > Universidad Nacional de Rosario - UNR (ARGENTINA)
Other partners > Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie (BRAZIL)
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Funders:
Alfa III: DCI-ALA/19.09.01/11/21526/279-155/ALFA III (2011)-52
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Deposited By: IRIT IRIT
Deposited On:23 Feb 2015 14:25

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