Handbook History

audiencesOne of the first activities of the Open Education Working Group was the writing of an Open Education Handbook, a collaboratively written living web document targeting educational practitioners and the education community at large. The handbook will also be a deliverable for the LinkedUp Project.

The handbook is a resource for both educators and learners.

History of the Handbook

September 2013

The Open Education Handbook was initiated at a booksprint held in central London in September 2013 and open education experts from many different sectors (commercial, academic, government, not-for profit) were invited to attend.

October 2013

The handbook was moved to Booktype, an open source platform for writing and publishing print and digital books.


The first version of the Open Education Handbook was delivered a part of the LinkedUp Project.

November 2013

A second Open Education Handbook booksprint was held in Berlin in late November 2013. The handbook has been ‘chunked up’ into question areas and some thinking has taken place around the future structure of the handbook.

January 2014

On January 20th, as part of Education Freedom Day, the Open Education Handbook was translated and adapted to Portuguese. There was a call for participation.

February 2014

The Portuguese version of the handbook was released on Booktype and in EPUB format. Work has begun to take place to create a set of openly licensed slides based on the handbook in Slidewiki.

April 2014

An Open Education Mailing list Friday Chat is initiated to encourage discussion on the mailing list and provide the handbook with well-thought out content.

October 2014
cover7The handbook gains a cover!

It is also edited by Rob Farrow of Open University to ensure it is ready to be delivered as a LinkedUp Deliverable. A new version of the handbook entitled Open Education Handbook 2014 is created on Booktype. The old version is archived.

November 2014

Release of an EPUB version and a PDF Version!

December 2014

There was a community session to discuss the future of the handbook. Current activity includes moving the handbook to Wikibooks and embedding in Floss manuals.

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