L3T is an open access book on learning and teaching with new technologies. The L3T project is run by Sandra Schoen & Martin Ebner and the L3T book is an open access book written in German and published under the Creative-Commons-Licence CC-BY SA. It is a great idea and beacon project in many respects. Here are some reasons why:
- Book chapters are written individually or collaboratively by various authors, including academics and practitioners, bringing in different insights and perspectives.
- The book is created on a honorary basis of all people involved. A passionate community has involved around the project in the last 2 years.
- Contributors to the book can work remotely (e.g. some groups use GoogleDocs, some EtherPad based applications to work on texts).
- Contributors can also collaborate on the spot, e.g. this year editing camps – L3T-Camps – took place in different cities in Germany and Austria.
- The single L3T chapters can be downloaded for free and used as Open Educational Resources (OER) for example in higher and secondary education, and beyond.
- The L3T can be used on mobile devices, e.g. smartphones, tablets, in an interactive way, e.g. making notes, highlighting and bookmarking (see: L3T mobile apps).
- The project follows a hybrid model of financing, i.e. all digital chapters can be downloaded for free, while the print version can be purchased as a regular book with altogether 592 pages (see: epubli online shop).
- Everyone can support the L3T for example by donating or sponsoring a book chapter (see: L3T support).
- And last but not least: The L3T book homepage has an integrated analytics tool, where you can see the number of downloads per chapter (see: L3T analytics).
I have had a privilege of contributing to this exciting project in its first edition in 2011 and the second edition in 2013. The second edition of L3T was written by 250 authors and completed just a few weeks ago, resulting in a textbook with 59 chapters on a wide range of topics related to technology-enhanced learning (TEL) (see all chapters here).
The 2013 edition includes among others the updated collaborative chapter on blogging and microblogging in education and my new chapter on digital diversity and divide, which I am looking forward to extending in the future editions of the L3T book. Therefore, it would be great to receive your opinions and recommendations for extending the current version of these chapters. Please just drop me a line – thanks.