From Open to Action: Open Textbook Summit 2017

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Thought-leaders, open education practitioners, pioneers and newbies alike came together for two days, from May 24-25, at Simon Fraser University, in beautiful, Vancouver, B.C. We shared experiences and exchanged ideas, explored what other institutions are doing to move the open textbook agenda forward, and looked ahead at how open pedagogy can influence open textbook development to enhance teaching and learning. What was new this year?… Read more »


BCcampus Open Education Calls for Proposals

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Announcing the newest BCcampus Call for Proposals, the Zed Cred/Z-Degree grant, the first of its kind in Canada. A Zed Cred/Z-Degree is a set of courses in a specific program area that allows a student to earn a credential, such as an associate degree or certificate, with zero textbook costs by using open educational resources (OER) and/or free library materials. Zed Cred/Z-Degree Grants Successful Zed… Read more »


Funding boosts the BC Open Textbook Project

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NEWS RELEASE VICTORIA  – BCcampus is very excited to announce that the Province is providing $250,000 to continue to support the open education work being done in British Columbia through the BC Open Textbook Project. Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson made the announcement today during Open Education Week, which aims to raise awareness about free and open educational opportunities that exist for everyone. “A digital… Read more »


BCcampus Open Textbook Summit 2017 – May 24-25

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The next Open Textbook Summit is slated for May 24-25 at Simon Fraser University – Harbour Centre in Vancouver. Join us for two days of workshops and presentations that explore how open practices can influence open textbook development to enhance teaching and learning. Sharing. Communicating. Collaborating. One of the most important takeaways from the last Open Textbook Summit was the creation of a sense of community;… Read more »


From borders to barriers, open textbooks make education accessible

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Back in August, we read a great article about Camosun College partnering with Arusha Technical College, in Tanzania, Africa to start up a Gas Transmission Technician Diploma Programme to meet the pipefitting needs of the local industry. This article piqued our interest, and we thought we should follow up with John Gordon, Chair, Plumbing, Pipe & Refrigeration Trades at Camosun College and his team to… Read more »


Practicing openness and sharing through partnerships

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BCcampus and Lumen Learning are pleased to announce a new partnership that will allow the two organizations to collaborate more closely to support the effective creation and use of open educational resources (OER).  Both organizations are deeply involved in improving access to post-secondary education through the use of open practices. For both BCcampus and Lumen Learning, this means not only replacing traditionally published resources with… Read more »


Staff Spotlight: The BCcampus Open Education team

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BCcampus contributes to the development of an open future for teaching practices and educational resources. We encourage educators to develop and share educational resources and expertise by promoting open and accessible networks and educational practice models. Wherever possible the use of OER and open applications are encouraged, particularly through our major collaborative project in open textbook adoption, adaptation, and creation: the B.C. Open Textbook Project. This is… Read more »


Cultivating open pedagogy through book builders

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In 2015, faculty members, Stephen Ross and Matt Huculak at the University of Victoria created the Open Modernisms Anthology Builder (OpenMods), through grant funding by the B.C. Open Textbook Project to produce an openly licensed teaching resource. OpenMods is an online platform which enables instructors to build their own literary anthologies for the1850–1950 period.   A year after its inception, we’ve caught up with Stephen Ross and… Read more »


Advancing Open Pedagogy

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Amanda Coolidge and I recently spent a few days on a Mississippi river boat with a lot of big Open Education brains thanks to the very generous Hewlett Foundation. Some of the discussions that happened on the boat were about next steps for our Open work and about being more transparent with each other about our development. This blog post is our crack at that…. Read more »


Faculty advocates helping to spread the OER movement across B.C.

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The B.C. Open Textbook team is excited to announce three instructors who have joined BCcampus to fulfill a one-year term as our Faculty Fellows. Our 2016/17 Faculty Fellows: Jennifer Kirkey, Douglas College, Rod Lidstone, Camosun College and Arthur Gill Green, Okanagan College will work together to encourage greater educational and institutional uptake of open textbooks and the use of open educational resources in the B.C…. Read more »