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 »


Spotlight: Getting to know Denise Goudy, Director, BCcampus

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As part of a new series, we will share behind-the-scenes stories, experiences, and tips on what makes our staff truly shine and what makes BCcampus continue to thrive as the small, but robust organization that it is. We were able to catch up with Denise Goudy to ask her a few questions about what it is like to be the Director of BCcampus, here’s what… 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 »


New librarian group to support the use of OER in B.C.’s post-secondary system

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Librarians who want to help post-secondary educators find and use quality open educational resources have joined together to support each other and share their knowledge. Undertakings like the B.C. Open Textbook Project, and flexible learning projects like those at University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University present more opportunities to use Open Education Resources (OERs) in post-secondary education. However, many educators aren’t aware of… Read more »


How to turn a great idea into an open textbook in just four days

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Day 1 textbook sprint

What’s the first thing you’d do after four days of non-stop writing, cranking out 48,420 words while locked in a room with a bunch of geography profs? For the folks who were part of BCcampus’ first ever Book Sprint, the answer was “sleep.” The book sprint model gave the team its focus. The sprint brought together a team of five geographers/authors from B.C., a librarian,… 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 »


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 »


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 »