4 Ways to Grow BC’s Open Educator Community

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Open education—a lofty goal with clear benefits. But if we’re going to get there, we need to find a way to support each other on this journey. Just how to do that was the topic of a recent Education Technology Users Group webinar. These free lunchtime webinars —known as TELLs (Tuesdays with the ETUG Lunch n’ Learn)—occur monthly and are open to the public. May’s TELL session… Read more »


A Busy Productive Spring for the Open Textbook Project

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Of Meetings, Partnerships and Workshops Phase 1 of the Open Textbook Review is underway. Find out what’s next on the horizon for the BCcampus Open Textbook project team: APRIL For two days in early April, BCcampus hosted the Open Textbook Summit at the SFU Wosk Centre for Dialogue in Vancouver. The summit brought together representatives from around the globe including OpenStax/Connexions and the 20 Million… Read more »


A journey through the land of open education

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Some “open” resources are more open than others, and there are many different ways that word is used in higher education. On May 9, Clint Lalonde, BCcampus Client Service Manager, was invited to speak about Open Education at the annual Tourism Educators Conference.  The Tourism Educators Conference (TEC) is the premier annual conference for tourism and hospitality educators in the province of B.C. TEC 2013 was hosted… Read more »


Review an Open Textbook

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The first phase of the open textbook project kicked off on Monday, April 15th, 2013 with the release of a Call for Proposals looking for BC post-secondary faculty and graduate students to review 10 existing open textbooks. These textbooks align with the top 40 subjects in the province (based on course enrollments). An honorarium of $250 will be provided to individuals who review one of… Read more »


BC Open Textbook Summit Follow-Up

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Congrats to Mary Burgess, Leva Lee, Clint Lalonde and Christy Foote of our BCcampus staff for their stellar organization of the BC Open Textbook Summit that was conducted on April 8 and 9 at the SFU Wosk Centre for Dialogue in Vancouver. The summit brought together participants from Alberta, BC, California, DC, Minnesota, Ontario, Rhode Island, South Africa, Texas, Utah and Washington.  All the open… Read more »


Open Textbook project news

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After a call for nominations that resulted in over 40 names being put forward, the BCcampus Strategic Council has chosen 16 representatives to serve on its open textbook sub-committee. The 16 members (and 2 co-chairs) are listed on the Open Textbook project pages. This project is a high priority, and is on a fast track. Committee members have wasted no time and met in Vancouver… Read more »


Open Textbooks: learning from our WA neighbours

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Poised to complete a large-scale curriculum redesign in its community and technical colleges next month, Washington State is making a notable contribution to the open educational resources movement. The Open Course Library (OCL) was launched in 2010 by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC), and will become an OER adoption site at the end of March. Connie Broughton We caught up… Read more »


How Faculty Can Advocate for Open Textbooks

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When classes began at Northwest Community College last fall, students in Adrienne Watt’s online database course found a pleasant surprise waiting for them. Instead of having to order a costly textbook that could take up to a month to arrive in the mail, they received their required text online for free. They had Watt, who spent last summer pioneering an open textbook for the course,… Read more »


Get involved with Open Textbooks in BC

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Here’s a chance to get involved: BCcampus is seeking volunteers to participate in a sub-committee of the BCcampus Strategic Council which will be focussed on the Open Textbook project. If your nomination is accepted, you, along with other committee members, will provide advice on the direction and structure of the project. We’ll expect you to attend 2 or 3 face-to-face meetings, as well as some… Read more »


Questions and Answers on Open Textbooks Part 2

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Since the British Columbia government announced an Open Textbook project October 16, we have fielded many questions about it. This is Part 2 of our attempt to provide the basic information on Open Textbooks and the project itself. Are instructors/professors at B.C. post-secondary institutions going to be forced to use the open textbooks? No. We understand and respect academic freedom, and there are no plans… Read more »