STEM programs and faculty across B.C. and the Yukon are involved in creating, adapting, and adopting open educational resources (OER) for their courses. Building on this work, BCcampus will support 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.

Goal

Our goal is 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 has conducted 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 Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) programs. Currently, this project is identifying and exploring needs within STEM programs in B.C. in order to determine the next steps, with an emphasis on first- and second-year programs.

The following activities are underway:

  • Project planning communication with stakeholders
  • AutoCAD open textbook development underway
  • Call for proposals expected in February 2020
  • Collaboration with related project: Open Homework Systems

Advisory Group

To help guide the work, BCcampus has put together a system-wide advisory group consisting of individuals familiar with STEM programs in B.C.

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 project manager Melanie Meyers at mmeyers@bccampus.ca.

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STEM ZTC Programs – one-pager