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Creating Student Written e-Textbooks with WordPress, Leanpub and Anthologizer

In 2010/2011, students from four different programs at BCIT and Capilano University created the Student Entrepreneurship Handbook, a student-written, e-textbook that they are selling with proceeds going to student clubs. The e-book helps other students get their ventures started and covers topics such as funding a business on a shoestring budget, using social media to market your new venture, and how to write a business plan.

This presentation will discuss how BuddyPress was used to help students from the two schools collaborate, how WordPress was used to write the articles, and how Leanpub and Anthologizer were used to convert the content into e-book format.  Students saved a lot of money compared to having to buy a traditional textbook, they were engaged and empowered to become published authors, and they learned about blogging.  The presentation will also discuss how "wikipedia style" blogs can be used as an alternative to print-based research articles in schools for improved learning and expanding the limits of knowledge.

SPEAKER'S BIO

Cyri Jones teaches entrepreneurship, project management and information technology at BCIT and Capilano University and is the founder of ZedPress.com, a lifelong learning publishing platform and social network. He has been blogging since 2001, mainly within a school environment, using blogs for learning and as social intranets and "commons" sites. He recently tried to see if it was possible to write 24 blog posts per day for a year through his 24posts.com blog (it wasn't).  Cyri lives in North Vancouver with his wife and three kids.

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