Four lessons learned from implementing Textbook Zero programs

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“Everyone here will walk away knowing me as ‘that person who spoke with David Wiley,’” said Kim Thanos (to laughter from the crowd) at the Open Textbooks Summit in April, acknowledging the reputation of her co-presenter and business partner, David Wiley, as a giant in the OER world. There is a direct relationship between textbook costs and student success – and Thanos and Wiley of… Read more »

Are micro-MOOCs the future of OERu?

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Last fall, OERu launched in partnership with dozens of institutions worldwide, and the promise of an open higher education accessible to all. But how will it actually work? One way is to offer portions of existing for-credit courses at member institutions as a micro-Open Online Course, or mOOC. Last year a university in New Zealand opened up part of a post-graduate course for educators, ‘EDEM630:… Read more »

Jon Festinger: 5 lessons learned from using UBC’s open publishing platforms

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John Fetzinger

Jon Festinger is a Vancouver, British Columbia based lawyer whose passion for teaching and law grew from his experiences as a lawyer and executive across the spectrum of media, communications, sports and entertainment. Jon is the author of the first edition of “Video Game Law” published by LexisNexis in 2005 and a co-author of the 2nd Edition that was published in 2012. He is also an… Read more »

Championing OER at Kwantlen Polytechnic University: Dr. Alan Davis

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Faculty who adopt, modify and create open textbooks and other Open Educational Resources are essential in order for OER to thrive. However, an OER champion in the senior administration can bring OER out from the confines of a few good practitioners to widespread acceptance throughout an institution and throughout the higher education system. Dr. Alan Davis, the President of Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), serves on… Read more »

5 Questions with Novak Rogic on the impact of open publishing platforms and flexible learning

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Novak Rogic is the Web Strategy Manager at the University of British Columbia’s Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT). He is responsible for university’s open publishing platforms. He is interested in supporting students move from being passive learners to active producers through sustainable technological platforms and flexible educational frameworks. 1. Can you give us a snapshot of the Centre? The Centre focuses on integration… Read more »

Open Textbook Summit Preview: Dr. David Wiley and Kim Thanos, Lumen Learning

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Our two-day open textbook summit takes place on April 16 and 17 at Simon Fraser University’s Harbour Centre in downtown Vancouver, B.C. While registration for this event is now closed, we will be sharing our insights and key observations from the summit online. Dr. David Wiley and Kim Thanos, the two co-founders of Lumen Learning, will be giving this year’s keynote address. Regular readers of… Read more »

Education is only truly free with open educational resources

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Knowledge knows no boundaries. BCcampus has developed a strong reputation for supporting the development of open educational resources (OER), and that’s why we use open licenses for our Open Textbooks Project. Other jurisdictions and institutions have pursued a single goal of keeping online textbooks at low or no cost. Recent news from Algonquin College in Ontario of an e-textbook program that will bring low cost… Read more »

5 questions with Clint Lalonde on the intersection of open education and technology

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Clint Lalonde is one of our resident educational technologists and advocates for the use of open educational resources and open education practices in higher education. His official title is Manager, Open Education. He is a project lead on the BC Open Textbook project. 1. Can you tell us a bit more about Pressbooks and the Open Textbook Project at BCcampus?  PressBooks is an open source textbook… Read more »

5 questions with Sylvia Currie about social learning and open practices

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As the senior manager of professional learning at BCcampus, Sylvia Currie is part of a team responsible for creating and fostering open learning opportunities for educational professionals across the province. Sylvia Currie 1. Tell a bit about what you and your team do? Social learning and open practices are at the core of what we do. We create both informal and formal learning opportunities through face-to-face… Read more »

A great start to 2014: Open Textbook Project saves B.C. students over $50,000

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free the textbook

The numbers are in and BCcampus couldn’t be happier. According to a news release published today by the Ministry of Advanced Education, close to 300 students are saving money on textbooks required for their post-secondary classes. By the numbers: 60 students taking introductory physics at Kwantlen Polytechnic University were assigned an open textbook that replaced a traditional textbook costing $187, for a collective saving of… Read more »