The recent announcement by the provincial government announcing the release of 15 peer-reviewed post-secondary textbooks through Open Textbook Program is the latest accomplishment for BCcampus and its ongoing work than benefits students, instructors and institutions.
Here’s what we’ve accomplished:
1. Online Program Development Fund (OPDF)
- BCcampus is the lead agency of the online program development fund, which was established by the Ministry of Advanced Education in 2003.
- From 2003 to 2012, $9.5M has been invested in the creation of open and reusable curriculum resources:
- 153 grants awarded with 100 per cent participation across the post-secondary system.
- 84 partnerships created – mostly inter-institutional but also with K-12, health authorities, not-for-profits, professional associations, e-learning companies, First Nations, and foundations
- 48 credentials supported
- 362 courses, 12 workshops, 20 web sites/tools and 425 course components (learning objects, labs, textbooks, manuals, videos) developed across almost all academic fields of study
- 100 per cent licensed for open and free sharing and reuse by BC post-secondary institutions. Available at http://solr.bccampus.ca
2. Creative Commons Canada (http://creativecommons.ca)
- Creative Commons licenses work with copyright and allow the legal use, reuse, and redistribution of learning resources and open textbooks
- BCcampus in collaboration with Athabasca University, and the Samuelson Glushko Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) at the University of Ottawa established a CC Canada Affiliate in March 2012
3. Open Textbook Program
- July 2012: Minister Hon. Naomi Yamamoto presented OER concepts and the potential for public policy at a meeting of the Council of Ministers of Education Canada (CMEC).
- October 2013: Minister Hon. John Yap announced the BC Open Textbook Project at the OpenEd 2012 Conference.
- September 2013: Minister Hon. Amrik Virk announced the first collection of open textbooks, and reaffirmed the provincial government’s commitment to a total of 60 free open textbooks for students and instructors.