Vancouver to host the 2015 international Open Education Conference

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Last week, several BCcampus staffers attended OpenEd 2014 in Washington, DC. Partly because of the work we’ve been doing in the OER space in the past two years, conference founder David Wiley announced Vancouver will be the site of next year’s event. At the conference, BCcampus manager for OER, Clint Lalonde, and developer Brad Payne presented on the work Brad has been doing to add… Read more »


Pressbooks plugin developed by BCcampus enables truly open textbook publishing

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BCcampus has around 70 open textbooks in its collection, and more are being added each day. Once more textbooks are added (following the next phase of the project: 20 skills and trades textbooks), the sustainability of the collection will become more important. That means building technology that allows for the “Five Rs” of openness: reuse, revise, remix, redistribute, and retain. Brad Payne, BCcampus technical analyst and… Read more »


BCcampus staffers talking textbooks at Open Access Week events

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Open Access Week, a global event, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research. Open Textbooks: New Models in Textbook Production at SFU To celebrate Open Access… Read more »


Open Textbook Project turns two

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The B.C. Open Textbook Project turns two years old today. Birthdays are a good time for reflection, and as we look back over the past two years, we can see just how far we have come with the B.C. Open Textbook Project. In the beginning It was on October 16, 2012 at the annual OpenEd conference in Vancouver that then British Columbia Minister of Advanced… Read more »


Justice Institute “goes big” in adopting OER and open textbooks

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Man using touch screen device

Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) students taking some introductory courses no longer have to worry about how much their textbooks for those courses will cost. JIBC has assigned open textbooks derived from the BCcampus Open Textbooks Project to its first-year English and Psychology courses. Their introductory Statistics course has been taught using openly licensed materials for three years already, making JIBC an enthusiastic early… Read more »


Adrienne Watt: 5 questions on how to adapt a textbook

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Adrienne Watt, an instructor at Douglas College and Northwest Community College, and Open Textbook advocate

Just in time for the fall term, BCcampus’ first adaption of an Open Textbook is available on Open.bccampus.ca: Project Management. As with all our Open Textbooks, our Project Management textbook is this work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. Adrienne Watt, an instructor at Douglas College and Northwest Community College, and Open Textbook advocate, is the adaptor of our Project Management… Read more »


Best of BCcampus blog posts: it’s all about open textbooks

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It’s hard to believe that the fall term for post secondary institutions begins next week. With back to school top of mind, we’re turning our attention to our most popular open textbooks blog posts. In the coming weeks, we’ll be highlighting the exciting progress made on our Open Textbook program. We’re on track for our targets and are always looking for instructors to review, adapt… Read more »


Best of BCcampus blog posts: it’s all about doodling, open education advocates and lessons learned

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Summer provides an opportunity to slow down and catch up on your reading. It also provides the editorial team with an opportunity to reflect on which of our blog posts garnered the most interest. Over July and August, we’ll be highlighting a series of our best and most interesting posts we’ve published this past academic year. We had fun writing them, so we hope you… Read more »


How to turn a great idea into an open textbook in just four days

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Day 1 textbook sprint

What’s the first thing you’d do after four days of non-stop writing, cranking out 48,420 words while locked in a room with a bunch of geography profs? For the folks who were part of BCcampus’ first ever Book Sprint, the answer was “sleep.” The book sprint model gave the team its focus. The sprint brought together a team of five geographers/authors from B.C., a librarian,… Read more »


Four lessons learned from implementing Textbook Zero programs

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Open Textbook Summit Graphic Wall

“Everyone here will walk away knowing me as ‘that person who spoke with David Wiley,’” said Kim Thanos (to laughter from the crowd) at the Open Textbooks Summit in April, acknowledging the reputation of her co-presenter and business partner, David Wiley, as a giant in the OER world. There is a direct relationship between textbook costs and student success – and Thanos and Wiley of… Read more »