5 questions with Mary Burgess on our open textbook project and the future of open education

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Mary Burgess

As the Open Education director for BCcampus, Mary is responsible for our open education programs including, the Open Textbook program, professional learning and training programs, and applied research projects such as the remote web-based science labs (RWSL /NANSLO).   1. Can you give us an overview of the open textbook project? The open textbook project works on a cycle of adopt, adapt and create. Our overall… Read more »


Open Textbook Project: Our top three questions for phase 3

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In January, we announced phase 3 of our Open Textbook Project with a request for instructors to create new open textbooks from scratch. The deadline for proposals is fast approaching: February 28. There’s been lots of interest in the project and below are our top three questions we’ve received to date: 1. Will there be ancillary resources? We recognize faculty really values ancillary resources that… Read more »


Want to work on our Open Textbooks Project?

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The Project is expanding and we need some help implementing it. We are searching for an experienced practitioner with strong project management and client relationship skills as well as demonstrated leadership abilities. If you are a good communicator who enjoys working with team members and people in higher-education institutions, and if your passion is to provide innovative solutions to support B.C.’s public post-secondary system, then… Read more »


5 questions with Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani on open education and BCcampus’ Open Textbook Project

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Dr. Jhangiani is an instructor at Capilano University who was a faculty reviewer of open textbooks as part of the BC open textbook project. He was recently featured in the provincial government’s news release about open textbooks. Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani Dr. Jhangiani took an existing open textbook, revised it to meet his needs and then released it back to the commons under an open license… Read more »


BCcampus launches phase three of the Open Textbook Project: creation of new texts

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Ready to be a textbook author? BCcampus is looking for British Columbia faculty who are ready to create open textbooks to round out our list of 40 highest-enrolled subject areas. In phase one of the project, we harvested a number of existing open textbooks and worked with B.C. post-secondary faculty to review them. The review process enabled us to provide texts for 12 of the… Read more »


A great start to 2014: Open Textbook Project saves B.C. students over $50,000

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The numbers are in and BCcampus couldn’t be happier. According to a news release published today by the Ministry of Advanced Education, close to 300 students are saving money on textbooks required for their post-secondary classes. By the numbers: 60 students taking introductory physics at Kwantlen Polytechnic University were assigned an open textbook that replaced a traditional textbook costing $187, for a collective saving of… Read more »


Calling open textbook advocates: Danielle Paradis wants to speak with you

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We recently interviewed Danielle Paradis, a graduate student of Arts in Learning and Technology at Royal Roads University, who is studying educators’ and librarians’ experiences in implementing open textbooks. We asked her five questions about her research and why it’s important to the future of post-secondary education. 1.     Why did you choose to focus on open educational resources? Open textbooks are only a small part… Read more »


Thinking about a BC textbook booksprint/hackathon

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Today’s guest post is re-published from our colleague Clint Lalonde’s personal blog at clintlalonde.net. If you’d like to participate, please comment below or get in touch with him directly. This week we have started talking about how we can make a BC textbook book sprint a reality in the spring of 2014. These are still very preliminary plans, but I’m very jazzed about the potential. A book… Read more »


Open Textbook pioneer saves students thousands in textbook costs

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Dr. Takashi Sato

Remember the days of trudging across campus, lugging a fifty pound backpack crammed with an assortment of enormous (and expensive) textbooks? For 60 lucky Kwantlen Polytechnic University students, those backpacks are a little lighter while their wallets are substantially fatter thanks to the BCcampus Open Textbook project and intrepid physics professor, Dr. Takashi Sato. Dr. Takashi Sato Last year, Dr. Sato was approached by BCcampus… Read more »


Phase 2 Call for Proposals: Adapt a Textbook

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We are pleased to announce the second phase of the B.C. Open Textbook Project – a call for proposals to adapt, localize or extend an existing open textbook. All materials relating to this Call for Proposals can be found on the Project pages: a PDF of the Call (which is in two parts), the list of open textbooks, and a link to the application form. We… Read more »