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

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free the textbook

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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Book collage

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 »

Print on Demand Available Soon for Open Textbooks

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Book collage

BCcampus has chosen Simon Fraser University Document Solutions as the print-on-demand provider for the B.C. Open Textbook project. “We had our first meeting this week and hope to have the PoD service up and running by the end of November,” said BCcampus client service manager Clint Lalonde. “It will be in time for faculty and students to order printed copies of textbooks for the January… Read more »

5 Questions with Dr. David Try: His Evolution of Online Learning

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Dr. David Try is an instructor at Northwest Community College and is also its coordinator of business administration. Dr. David Try 1.Can you give us a bit of insight into how your thinking about online learning has evolved?  I first taught an online course in 2005, and was frankly unimpressed with the results. Naively, I thought that online teaching was basically a simple technological expansion… Read more »

A Quick Snapshot of Our Open Textbook Project

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Phase one of our Open Textbook Review Project is underway. Reviews are due by September 3 and will be posted on our site with their associated textbooks. Here are the highlights: 10 new open texts were posted on the BCcampus website. 60 applications were received to review an open textbook. 17 public and three private institutions are represented. An honorarium of $250 will be provided… Read more »

Best of BCcampus blog posts: from MOOCs to smart apps and even smarter people

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Summer provides us all with an opportunity to slow down and catch up with our reading. Our BCcampus editorial team works hard all year to research and publish informative content about the intersection of technology and the post-secondary sector. 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… Read more »

Give and take: how an open copyright policy improves post-secondary institutions

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Cable Green, the director of global learning for Creative Commons, believes that publicly funded education materials should be freely and openly available to everyone. He shared his thinking on Open Educational Resources: Sharing, Open Policy and Creative Commons at the 7th annual Walls Optional conference, which took place at Victoria’s Camosun College in May. When work is either in the public domain, or released under an… Read more »