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 »


“Un-marketing” our open textbooks

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Making open textbooks available to the B.C. Higher education system is our mandate – but getting educators to use them is the other side of the project. That’s why we have created a toolkit for use by Teaching and Learning Centres, librarians, instructors, and anyone who wants to advocate for the adoption of open textbooks in higher education. While it’s true we can provide a… Read more »


ChemWiki and the UC Davis STEMWiki Hyperlibrary: Top 12 Things You Need to Know

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Businesswoman drawing on wall

Professor Larsen at the University of California at Davis started the ChemWiki in 2008 on a shoestring. “ChemWiki is not a textbook,” says Larsen, “it is a textbook environment capable of supporting multiple chemistry textbooks within a centralized system.” Recently, ChemWiki received a grant of $250,000 from the National Science Foundation to a consortium that includes Sonoma State University, Diablo Valley College, Contra Costa Community… Read more »


Join our Open Textbook community to review, adapt or create an Open Textbook

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Phase 3 of the BCcampus Open Textbook Program is well underway and we are on target for a fall 2014 reveal, just in time for back-to-school. In early June, we are hosting an open textbook sprint over 4 days in Vancouver where we will be co-creating a First-year regional Geography textbook with six geography faculty from across the province. This open textbook sprint is directly… Read more »


Five lessons learned at the Open Textbooks Summit 2014

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It has been a fantastic year for Open Textbooks. Case in point: last year we had 30 people at the Open Textbooks Summit. This year we had 130. Key themes picked up this year were: sharing is what Open Textbooks and OER are all about, and no one has to do it alone. We live-streamed and live-blogged  the first day of the two-day conference because… Read more »


Open Textbook Summit Preview: Nicole Allen and Ethan Senack

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Our two-day open textbook summit takes place on April 16 and 17 at Simon Fraser University’s Harbour Centre in downtown Vancouver, B.C. While registration for this event is now closed, we will be sharing our insights and key observations from the summit online. Two student advocates for textbook affordability, open access and open education Nicole Allen, Director of Open Education for SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing… Read more »


Education is only truly free with open educational resources

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Knowledge knows no boundaries. BCcampus has developed a strong reputation for supporting the development of open educational resources (OER), and that’s why we use open licenses for our Open Textbooks Project. Other jurisdictions and institutions have pursued a single goal of keeping online textbooks at low or no cost. Recent news from Algonquin College in Ontario of an e-textbook program that will bring low cost… Read more »


5 questions with Clint Lalonde on the intersection of open education and technology

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Clint Lalonde is one of our resident educational technologists and advocates for the use of open educational resources and open education practices in higher education. His official title is Manager, Open Education. He is a project lead on the BC Open Textbook project. 1. Can you tell us a bit more about Pressbooks and the Open Textbook Project at BCcampus?  PressBooks is an open source textbook… Read more »


BCcampus Best-of Open Textbooks: We’re all about numbers

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Coordinated by the OpenCourseWare Consortium, Open Education Week’s goal is to raise awareness about free and open educational opportunities that exist for everyone, everywhere, right now. This week, BCcampus features some our best open textbooks (ratings of 80% and higher based on peer reviews) currently available to instructors and students on our OpenEd site. Today’s textbooks are on the subjects of numbers and logic: Textbook: Introductory Statistics… Read more »