Over the past few months, the BCcampus Health OER project has been working on ways to support health care faculty in B.C., and we’ve initiated a number of activities with that goal in mind.
In the spring, we evaluated a nursing open educational resource (OER) environmental scan completed by eCampusOntario (see Open at Scale – Nursing OER Project) and aligned the gathered resources with the B.C. nursing competencies.
Then, as part of the “pivot to online,” we offered space and support for nursing educators to connect, learn from each other, share ideas, and collaborate with each other during a synchronous workshop called Pivot to Online for Nursing Educators.
We also have an exciting new project underway: BCcampus is providing funding for an open textbook called Nursing Numeracy by Julia Langham from Selkirk College. This book will be published in fall 2021.
In July, we assembled the OER Nursing Group, which consists of individuals from nursing faculties across B.C. who are interested in promoting and creating OER for nursing. Together, this group identified nursing OER priorities for BCcampus to pursue.
One of those priorities was for B.C. faculty to review the newly released textbook Nursing Pharmacology, which was created out of the Open RN project in Wisconsin. This is the first of four textbooks that will be created by the project over the next two years.
We have more projects and activities in the works, and we look forward to announcing some of these in the coming months!