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 »


How University of the People supports students in the developing world

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Assan

When Assan was just a young boy living in Uganda, his father died, leaving him to take care of his 25 siblings and his father’s three wives. His family was very poor, and life was a struggle. Assan managed to graduate from high school, which made him the most educated person in his family. Continuing his studies, however, just wasn’t possible as tuition for a… Read more »


SOILx adds “virtual” layers to our understanding of soil

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Maja Krzic

When soil scientists at UBC, TRU, UNBC, U Saskatchewan and U of T-Mississauga wanted to engage a broader audience in contributing to and expanding knowledge about soil, they combined open source and mobile technologies, collaboration, and augmented reality to create SOILx. Dr. Maja Krzic SOILx – which stands for Searchable, Open, Innovative, Location-based, is an innovative project that provides rich, geo-located information about different soil… Read more »


A Look at the top tools for learning from WCET closing presenter, Jane Hart

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toolbox

Today’s guest blog is re-posted from WICHE Co-operative for Education Technologies, and is by Jane Hart, who is a world renowned edtech expert, the founder of the Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies (C4LPT), and compiler of Top 100 Tools for Learning lists. WCET is fortunate to have Jane Hart with us at the WCET Annual Meeting in Denver on Friday, November 15th. For the last seven… Read more »


Print on Demand Available Soon for Open Textbooks

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Book collage

BCcampus has chosen Simon Fraser University Document Solutions as the print-on-demand provider for the B.C. Open Textbook project. “We had our first meeting this week and hope to have the PoD service up and running by the end of November,” said BCcampus client service manager Clint Lalonde. “It will be in time for faculty and students to order printed copies of textbooks for the January… Read more »