From borders to barriers, open textbooks make education accessible

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Back in August, we read a great article about Camosun College partnering with Arusha Technical College, in Tanzania, Africa to start up a Gas Transmission Technician Diploma Programme to meet the pipefitting needs of the local industry. This article piqued our interest, and we thought we should follow up with John Gordon, Chair, Plumbing, Pipe & Refrigeration Trades at Camosun College and his team to… Read more »


There’s big buzz at BCcampus this fall

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Welcome back! Over the summer, we took the time to plan, research and recharge and now we are ready to jump into the new term ahead of us with a lot of notable events and exciting things to share. From workshops to webinars, new tools and reports – keep your eyes on our channels to see the many great things we have in store for… Read more »


The Festival of Learning celebrates the higher education community

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Well, we’ve packed up our festival tent and headed back to our respective institutions, hopefully with lots of fun memories and useful takeaways that will enrich our work in higher education. Throughout the Festival of Learning, we were thrilled to see so many new and familiar faces, and hear your stories of inter-institutional sharing. If you have a story from your time at the festival, please consider sharing… Read more »


Practicing openness and sharing through partnerships

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BCcampus and Lumen Learning are pleased to announce a new partnership that will allow the two organizations to collaborate more closely to support the effective creation and use of open educational resources (OER).  Both organizations are deeply involved in improving access to post-secondary education through the use of open practices. For both BCcampus and Lumen Learning, this means not only replacing traditionally published resources with… Read more »


Advancing Open Pedagogy

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Amanda Coolidge and I recently spent a few days on a Mississippi river boat with a lot of big Open Education brains thanks to the very generous Hewlett Foundation. Some of the discussions that happened on the boat were about next steps for our Open work and about being more transparent with each other about our development. This blog post is our crack at that…. Read more »


Faculty advocates helping to spread the OER movement across B.C.

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The B.C. Open Textbook team is excited to announce three instructors who have joined BCcampus to fulfill a one-year term as our Faculty Fellows. Our 2016/17 Faculty Fellows: Jennifer Kirkey, Douglas College, Rod Lidstone, Camosun College and Arthur Gill Green, Okanagan College will work together to encourage greater educational and institutional uptake of open textbooks and the use of open educational resources in the B.C…. Read more »


Exploring faculty use of Open Educational Resources in B.C. post-secondary institutions

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The findings in this report provide a snapshot of the B.C. post-secondary system as a whole, we also explore similarities and differences in OER use among faculty across the three institution types in British Columbia: research-intensive universities, teaching-intensive universities, and colleges/institutes. Led by the 2014/15 B.C. Open Textbook Faculty Fellows, Rajiv S. Jhangiani, KPU, Christina Hendricks, UBC and Jessie Key, VIU, and in collaboration with Rebecca… Read more »


Supporting Open Textbook Adoption in British Columbia

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Higher education practitioners in British Columbia have built and are sustaining an Open Practice community, but it hasn’t been a straight-line development process over the past 13 years, nor has it been completely planned and there have been many of twists and turns, all the while building a community from the successes and the missteps along the way. This article has been adapted from the… Read more »


5 key lessons learned through the B.C. Open Textbook Project

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In October 2015, the B.C. Open Textbook Project turned three and as of today, there are over 135 open textbooks in the B.C. Open Textbooks Collection. These Open Educational Resources (OER) 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, and move… Read more »


BCcampus leads the collaborative development of new and open elder abuse prevention, detection and response resources

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In 2013, 15% of British Columbia’s population was over 65. The number of adults over 65 is projected to more than double over the next 25 years. These numbers impact all of us, and it is our responsibility to look after, and protect the elders in our communities. Working together to make a change BCcampus has recently completed the collaborative development of curricular resources that help… Read more »