BCcampus is contributing to the development of an open future for teaching practices and educational resources.

The B.C. Open Textbook Project is funded by the BC Ministry of Advanced Education, and BCcampus is tasked with managing it. A goal of the Project is to provide flexible and affordable access to higher education resources in B.C. by making available openly-licensed textbooks in the highest-enrolled academic subject areas. A second phase was announced in the spring of 2014 to add at least 20 textbooks targeting trades and skills training.

Our open textbooks are openly licensed using a Creative Commons license, and are offered in various e-book formats free of charge, or print on demand books available at cost.

To find an Open Textbook, or find more information about the project, please see our OpenEd website.

Open Textbooks are Open Educational Resources (OER)

Open Educational Resources are important to the higher education system in B.C. because they have the potential to:

  • increase access to higher education by reducing student costs;
  • give faculty more control over their instructional resources;
  • move the OER agenda forward in a meaningful, measurable way.

Open Textbooks are open educational resources (OER); they are instructional resources created and shared in ways so that more people have access to them. That’s a different model than traditionally-copyrighted materials. OER are defined as “teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others” (Hewlett Foundation).

In our collections of Open Textbooks and other OERs, we do our best to adhere to the five Rs of open education as defined by David Wiley, which are:

  1. Retain – i.e. no digital rights management restrictions (DRM), the content is yours to keep, whether you’re the author, instructor or student.
  2. Reuse – you are free to use materials in a wide variety of ways without expressly asking permission of the copyright holder.
  3. Revise – as an educator, you can adapt, adjust, or modify the content to suit specific purposes and make the materials more relevant to your students. This means making it available in a number of different formats and including source files, where possible.
  4. Remix – you or your students can pull together a number of different resources to create something new.
  5. Redistribute – you are free to share with others, so they can reuse, remix, improve upon, correct, review or otherwise enjoy your work.

If you have any questions about the project, please see our Open Textbooks FAQ, and if you still have questions, contact opentext@bccampus.ca.