In April of 2019, Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training, announced funding of $3.26 million towards open education in British Columbia. This welcome infusion of financial support enables BCcampus to continue developing and distributing open educational resources—including open textbooks—that lower the cost of education for students while providing significant learning value.

The funding BCcampus received between 2003–2018 has made a significant impact for students in British Columbia, with total savings currently in excess of $14 million. Post-secondary institutions in B.C. have recognized the opportunities for access and affordability through the adoption of OER, and we at BCcampus believe that now is the time to further that work.

Working with institutions, stakeholders, and faculty, BCcampus will support the development of entire suites of freely available resources—including textbooks, homework systems, and ancillary tools—to replace costly commercial products in the areas of Health Education, Early Childhood Education (ECE), Business, STEM and Trades.

The primary goal is to launch Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) programs that will lower the financial barrier to  post-secondary education for students by eliminating the cost of textbooks and other resources for their entire pathway to credential while providing faculty members with academic freedom to modify course materials to align with their curriculum.

Business

Currently, this project is identifying and exploring needs within business programs in B.C. in order to determine next steps. The following activities are underway:

  • Environmental scan of business programs in B.C. to map current OER adoptions, identify gaps in areas where open textbooks and other OER could be developed toward creating Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) programs
  • Project planning communication with stakeholders
  • Calls for proposals expected in November/December 2019

To help guide the work, an advisory committee is being formed for business programs. If you are interested in participating in the advisory committee or have questions about the project, please contact Project Manager Melanie Meyers at mmeyers@bccampus.ca

Business ZTC Programs – one-pager

Early Childhood Education (ECE)

The ECE project is identifying and exploring existing ECE resources in order to determine next steps.

Health

BCcampus has identified three health programs which will benefit from being a ZTC program:

  • Health Care Assistant
  • Practical Nursing
  • Primary Care Paramedic

Health ZTC Programs – one-pager

Advisory Group

To help guide the work, BCcampus has put together a system-wide advisory group consisting of individuals familiar with the identified health programs.

Name

Organization

Rhonda Benke

Douglas College

Katelyn Ranger

Ministry of Health

Kathy Harms

Justice Institute of British Columbia

Nirmal Dhaliwal

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Neil Wereley

Ministry of Health

Brad Mladenovic

Simon Fraser University

Heather Hepworth

College of the Rockies

TBD

Vancouver Island University


STEM

Currently, this project is identifying and exploring needs within STEM programs in B.C. in order to determine next steps. The following activities are underway:

  • Environmental scan of STEM programs in B.C. to map current OER adoptions, identify gaps in areas where open textbooks and other OER could be developed toward creating Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) programs
  • Project planning communication with stakeholders
  • AutoCAD open textbook development underway
  • Calls for proposals expected in November/December 2019

To help guide the work, an advisory committee for STEM is being formed. If you are interested in participating in the advisory committee or have questions about the project, please contact Project Manager Melanie Meyers at mmeyers@bccampus.ca

STEM ZTC Programs – one-pager