STEM programs and faculty across B.C. and the Yukon are involved in creating, adapting, and adopting open educational resources (OER) for their courses. Thanks to funding from the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training in 2019, BCcampus has supported institutions, stakeholders, and faculty to identify, develop and implement entire suites of freely available resources—including textbooks, test banks, instructor resources and other learning resources—to replace costly commercial products in STEM Education over the past two years.

Goal

Our goal was to reduce education costs, increase student access, and incentivize students to pursue programs that meet the provincial labour market and human resource needs in STEM.

Activity

BCcampus began the STEM Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) project by conducting an environmental scan of STEM programs in B.C. to map current OER adoptions and identify gaps where open textbooks and other OER could be developed toward creating ZTC programs. In doing so we focused our initial efforts on supporting institutions to develop an entire ZTC programs in STEM subjects and to create a pathway for a science degree that institutions can follow. In addition, BCcampus has focused on identifying and developing OER that will align with the common core curriculum for first year engineering in the Province.

The following is a summary of the activities and OER that have resulted from the STEM ZTC project:

Advisory Group

To help guide this work, BCcampus put together a system-wide advisory group consisting of individuals familiar with STEM programs in B.C. and the Yukon. BCcampus would like to thank the Advisory Group members for their time, effort and valuable guidance throughout this project.

Lin Brander Librarian, Electronics and Computer Systems, Open Education, BCIT
Steve Earle Faculty, Geology, Open Learning, TRU
Jennifer Kirkey Physics Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Douglas College
Taco Niet Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, School of Sustainable Energy Engineering, SFU
Jackie Stewart Deputy Academic Director CTLT and Senior Instructor, Department of Chemistry, UBC
Jonathan Verrett Instructor, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, UBC
Gaitri Yapa Lecturer, Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, SFU

Further Information

If you have questions about the project or ideas about OER in STEM please contact opentext@bccampus.ca

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