Article: “UNG Press celebrates 10 years as small publishing house”

J. K. Devine, Communication Specialist with UNG’s University Relations, wrote an article about the UNG Press for Small Press Month. Read it now!

10 years is a long time, and we wouldn’t be here without you! Thank you, dear reader, for helping us promote education and literacy with your support.

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What is Open Education?

March 4–6, 2019 is Open Education Week. Organized by the Open Education Consortium (OEC), Open Education Week raises awareness about open education and shows how it’s important to teaching and learning. To really understand the impact, let’s first look at what open education is.

What is Open Education?

Open education refers to teachings, resources, and tools that are freely available to use and share. In addition, truly open materials allow people to modify or a adapt the original materials. These materials, referred to as open educational resources or OERs, have a specific license attached to it that outlines usage, distribution, and modification.

A chart showing the different versions of a CC license when combined with other license types.
A chart showing the different versions of a CC license when combined with other licenses.

The Creative Commons Attribution International (CC BY) license is one of the most common open source licenses. Under this license, you can share the resource in any format so long as you attribute the original creator and you use the resource for noncommercial purposes. (More details about the creative commons license can be found on the Creative Commons website.)

Open education can be taken one step further into the world of open pedagogy. Open pedagogy looks at teaching and learning from a theoretical viewpoint and works to develop open materials that other teachers can use. The world of open pedagogy is still young, but early efforts reveal a promising future.

 

Why is Open Education Important?

Education is the key to change and is central for improvement—as an individual, but also as a community. Open education provides access to education that people may not have otherwise. By gatekeeping education and limiting it only to those who can pay, we do a disservice to everyone. (Textbooks are marked up 400%. Trust us, education often costs more than it should.) Open educational resources help break those barriers, and Open Education Week helps draw attention to them.

 

How Can You Help Open Education?

The first step to supporting open education is to support organizations and business that contribute to the OER world. In addition to the OEC, Affordable Learning Georgia (ALG) is working to create more OERs and even includes open courseware on their website. The UNG Press has partnered with ALG and e-core and now offers 18 OER textbooks, each with a free digital copy available on our website.

Encourage people around you to learn about and share open materials. OERs aren’t limited to the teaching world. Open sourced programs like Inkscape and Scribus are alternatives to Adobe Illustrator and InDesign. Even Google Docs is an example of an open source alternative to Microsoft Word.

No matter what, don’t gatekeep education. It doesn’t help anyone and only restricts what people can learn. Open education is the forward trend in the academic world and is a welcome addition to fields of teaching and learning.

Press Release: Brehe’s Grammar Anatomy out Dec 31, 2018

Jillian Murphy
706-864-1556
jillian.murphy@ung.edu
Brehe’s Grammar Anatomy
University of North Georgia Press, December 31, 2018

Dahlonega, GA—The University of North Georgia Press is pleased to announce the release of our latest open education resource: Brehe’s Grammar Anatomy by Dr. Steven Brehe, out December 31, 2018.

Considered “a delight to read,” Brehe’s Grammar Anatomy makes grammar accessible, no matter who you are. This book provides a more in-depth look at beginner grammar terms and concepts, providing clear examples with limited technical jargon. Whether for academic or personal use, Brehe’s Grammar Anatomy is the perfect addition to any resource library.

Features:

The cover of "Brehe's Grammar Anatomy". It shows the side profile of a man with a map of the brain. Instead of medical terms, the brain is labeled with grammar terms.
Cover design by Corey Parson
  • Practice exercises at the end of each chapter, with answers in the back of the book, to help students test and correct their comprehension
  • Full glossary and index with cross-references
  • Easy-to-read language supports readers at every learning stage

Steven Brehe, Ph.D., is a professor of English at the University of North Georgia. He has been with UNG for over 20 years and has taught Standard English Grammar, History of the English Language, Composition, and Professional and Technical Writing. Dr. Brehe was a contributing author on Contribute a Verse: A Guide to First Year Composition from the UNG Press. He is a member of the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing.

As the University Press Partner for Affordable Learning Georgia, UNG Press is publishing this textbook as one of six Open Education Resources releasing this year. As an Open Education Resource, this text is completely open access. It can be reused, remixed, and reedited freely without seeking permission.

Brehe’s Grammar Anatomy (978-1-940771-49-6) releases April 30, 2018. Print copies can be bought through Ingram, Amazon, and other major retailers for $15.00. Free digital copies can be downloaded from the University of North Georgia Press homepage at www.ung.edu/university-press.

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New Release: American Literature I Anthology — OER

The University of North Georgia Press and Affordable Learning Georgia bring you American Literature I Anthology (working title). Featuring over fifty authors and full texts of their works, the selections in this open anthology represent the diverse voices in early American literature. This completely-open anthology will connect students to the conversation of literature that is embedded in American history and which have helped shaped its culture.

Features:

  • Contextualizing introductions from Pre- and Early Colonial Literature to Early American Romanticism
  • Over 50 historical images
  • In-depth biographies of each author
  • Instructional Design, including Reading and Review Questions

This textbook is an open Educational Resource. It can be reused, remixed, and reedited freely without seeking permission.

Interested in more great content? Follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram and find our complete catalog on our homepage.

New Release: Principles of Managerial Accounting (Accounting II) — OER

The University of North Georgia Press is pleased to announce the release of our latest Open Education Resource: Principles of Managerial Accounting by Christine Jonick, Ed.D., out December 31, 2018. As the University Press Partner for Affordable Learning Georgia, UNG Press is publishing Principles of Managerial Accounting as one of six Open Education Resources releasing this year.

The companion to Principles of Financial Accounting (Accounting I), this book continues Jonick’s research and contribution to effective pedagogy. Developed from Jonick’s class notes,Principles of Managerial Accounting is fully-tested by students and has undergone peer review by academic professionals. It has over 100 charts and graphs and includes resources for student professional development.

As an Open Education Resource, this text is completely open access. It can be reused, remixed, and reedited freely without seeking permission.

Interested in more great content? Follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram and find our complete catalog on our homepage.

Brehe’s Grammar Anatomy Cover Reveal

The University of North Georgia Press is pleased to announce the release of our latest Open Education Resource: Brehe’s Grammar Anatomy, out December 31, 2018. We’re excited to reveal its amazing cover. This Open Education Resource is developed in conjunction with Affordable Learning Georgia and the University System of Georgia. It is free to use and adapt without needing permission.

The cover of "Brehe's Grammar Anatomy". It shows the side profile of a man with a map of the brain. Instead of medical terms, the brain is labeled with grammar terms.
Cover design by Corey Parson

Considered “a delight to read,” Brehe’s Grammar Anatomy makes grammar accessible, no matter who you are. This book provides a more in-depth look at beginner grammar terms and concepts, providing clear examples with limited technical jargon. Whether for academic or personal use, Brehe’s Grammar Anatomy is the perfect addition to any resource library.

Read more about Brehe’s Grammar Anatomy:

New Release: Brehe’s Grammar Anatomy – OER

The University of North Georgia Press is pleased to announce the release of our latest Open Education Resource: Brehe’s Grammar Anatomy by Dr. Steven Brehe, out December 31, 2018. As the University Press Partner for Affordable Learning Georgia, UNG Press is publishing this textbook as one of six Open Education Resources releasing this year.

Considered “a delight to read,” Brehe’s Grammar Anatomy makes grammar accessible, no matter who you are. This book provides a more in-depth look at beginner grammar terms and concepts, providing clear examples with limited technical jargon. Whether for academic or personal use, Brehe’s Grammar Anatomy is the perfect addition to any resource library.

Features:
• Practice exercises at the end of each chapter with answers in the back of the book, to help students test and correct their comprehension
• Full glossary and index with cross-references
• Easy-to-read language supports readers at every learning stage

As an Open Education Resource, this text is completely open access. It can be reused, remixed, and reedited freely without seeking permission.

This post was edited to reflect the updated release date.