The B.C. Open Textbook Project celebrates another milestone: 151 open textbooks

When the B.C. Open Textbook Project first began in 2012, our goal was to create textbooks for the top 40 highest-enrolled subject areas in the province. As of May 31, 2016, we’ve reached a milestone of over 150 open textbooks in our collection and we don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.
Open textbook milestone
If you like numbers, stats and savings, you’re going to love this list below:

  • BCcampus created books: 60
  • BCcampus adapted books: 10
  • Student savings: $1,450,300.00 – $1,839,126.00
  • Books in the collection: 151
  • Trades textbooks: 55
  • Top 40 textbooks: 96
  • Posted reviews: 137
  • Textbooks reviewed: 70
  • Subject areas that have reviews: 25
  • Open source application: Open Modernism Anthology Builder
  • Students using open textbooks: 14484
  • Institutions currently adopting: 29
  • Top 5 adopting institutions (in order): Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Langara College, Justice Institute of B.C., Camosun College, Douglas College
  • Known faculty adopting: 148
  • Known adoptions: 508

At BCcampus we define the terms “adoption”, “faculty”, “savings”, and “students” as the following:
Adoption: Each adoption refers to a course section within a specific term and year for which an open textbook has replaced a primary textbook or educational resource that must be purchased.
Faculty: The number of individual instructors who have adopted one or more open textbooks for one or more course sections. A faculty member is only counted once.
Savings: Savings include a range as reported in our blog, Calculating Student Savings.

  • The number at the lower end is calculated as follows: number of students (see “Students”) x $100 (This number was derived by OpenStax College based on a formula that takes into account used textbook purchases and rental costs as well as new textbook costs.)
  • The number at the upper end is calculated as follows: number of students (see “Students”) x actual cost of the textbook being replaced if purchased as hard copy and new.

Students: The total number of students in all course sections within which an open textbook is used as the primary educational resource.
Learn more:
If you are interested in creating, adapting, or adopting open educational resources for your course or courses, consider applying for the following grant opportunities now available through BCcampus.

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