Custom publishing services are available through Commercial Partners and each CSU campus provide a range of tools that help faculty author online course materials for their students. Remember to follow guidelines for authoring accessible content so the online content you create is usable by everyone, including those with disabilities. You can find information about authoring accessible content at the CSU Professional Development for Accessible Technology Teaching Commons.
Commercial Publishing Tools:
SoftChalk Cloud is an easy to use yet powerful authoring tool for content creation and management. SoftChalk Cloud is LMS neutral and is perfect for use by faculty and staff to create interactive and engaging online learning materials. With SoftChalk Cloud you can easily create accessible materials that comply with section 508 requirements. SoftChalk is dedicated to making our tool as barrier-free as possible for all students. What's more, faculty and staff can easily search and integrate MERLOT content into their learning module or lesson via an easy to use integrated SoftChalk/MERLOT interface, and can directly catalog this lesson into the MERLOT repository. Special pricing is available for CSU faculty and staff. Learn more about special pricing for SoftChalk Cloud, accessibility strategy and services for MERLOT partners by contacting Paul Miller. Click for more information on SoftChalk’s accessibility strategy.
XanEdu – provides easy-to-use custom publishing services and tools. Instructors who prefer a highly supported experience need only submit a syllabus to XanEdu’s skilled team of developmental editors. XanEdu will manage copyright permissions, help identify content which aligns to course topics, and even prepare original manuscripts for publication. For those who prefer do-it-yourself resources, XanEdu offers a robust platform for custom book creation with an extensive library of 12 million full-text and pre-cleared content items including complete books, book chapters, journal articles, open education resources, and more. Completed course materials can be delivered to students in print, digital, or print + digital formats. XanEdu’s award-winning myXanEdu student delivery experience is available via native iPad and Android apps or on any device via a cloud-based reader. The myXanEdu reader supports annotation, highlighting, student collaboration, cross-device synchronization, and keyword search. With XanEdu, instructors have the ability to design course materials which are tailored to their course and engaging while controlling the price students pay. To request assistance on a custom project or access to XanEdu’s do-it-yourself tools, visit info.xanedu.com/csu
Free/Open Publishing Tools:
MERLOT Content Builder - a set of free, web-based tools that are designed for people just beginning to author online content. The MERLOT Content Builder can be used by any registered MERLOT member to create websites using templates for adding text, images, video, documents, links, and more. You can easily send a download your website as an IMS Common Cartridge, send a copy to a friend, add a Creative Commons license, and catalog your website in MERLOT so others can easily find it. The Content Builder can produce accessible online learning materials when authors follow accessibility guidelines.
Connexions Authoring: Connexions is an open source platform and open access repository for open education resources, enabling the creation, sharing, modification, and vetting of open educational material accessible to anyone, anywhere, anytime via the World Wide Web. From its inception, Connexions was designed to allow the collaborative development and free availability of material. Instructors and authors can modify this material for any educational purpose. Connexions offers Free/Open Source software tools to help students, instructors, and authors manage these information assets for sharing and advancing knowledge to benefit the global educational community. All of this is accomplished through the use of the Creative Commons Attribution license. Before you begin using the Connexions system, you should verify that you have all of the necessary software. Visit the Connexions Quick Start Guide for a listing of the software that you will need and the links to help you download it. The Connexions authoring environment can produce accessible online learning materials when authors follow accessibility guidelines.
FLOE, or 'Flexible Learning in Open Education,' Floe provides the resources needed to enable inclusive access to personally relevant, engaging learning opportunities for the full diversity of learners and content producers. Through the Open Education Resources community, Floe makes tools that help transform, augment, and personalize the learning experience. To learn more, review FLOE’s PPT.