After a brief welcome from Brian Conrey, the director of AIM, and the organizers, we went through the room for introductions (about 30 people). It takes a while for each person to tell their life story and describe the project that brought them to the workshop. There are lots of people who are interested in writing open source textbooks, making books available in different formats, and incorporating tools such as WebWork. People are bringing a wide variety of skill sets to the workshop. Participants are here for a variety of reasons:
- I want to write my own book because I haven't found one that fits the needs of my students.
- I am interested in inquiry-based learning.
- I want to make my book available in a variety of formats. I tell my student not to read their online textbooks on their smart phone, but they continue to ignore me. So I guess that I had better make the textbook available in a format more friendly to the smart phone so at least they will not go blind trying to read the small print of a PDF version.
- I want technology to be an integral format of my book.
- I want to be able to collaborate with a group of authors.
We spent the afternoon learning about SageMathCloud (https://cloud.sagemath.com) and writing a simple MathBook XML article. The SageMathCloud allowed everyone to work in their own Linux computer.
Here are some useful references on MathBook XML:
- HTML: http://mathbook.pugetsound.edu/doc/author-guide/html
- PDF: http://mathbook.pugetsound.edu/doc/author-guide/mathbook-author-guide.pdf
You need to to install MathBook XML first using git. Git for authors:
- HTML: https://mathbook.pugetsound.edu/gfa
- GitHub: https://github.com/BooksHTML/gfa.git