Going beyond the classroom to bring open textbooks to trades training

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Targeting skills and trades training for the second round of Open Textbooks Project funding has meant collaborating with industry groups and other organizations – expanding our reach beyond the post-secondary institutions. Round two funding, announced last spring, focused on providing at least 20 open textbooks to trades and skills training. “We’re doing a lot more partnerships with organizations that form a bridge between industry and… Read more »

Free Four-week workshop on Open Textbooks adoption is like a “mini-MOOC” for OER

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Curious about how to include Open Textbooks and OER into your teaching practice? The BCcampus Open Textbooks team is conducting a four-week-long webinar series in the new year, designed for anyone curious about open educational resources. “We’ve been getting registrations from people from other provinces and other countries, since we let people at the OpenEd 2014 conference know about it,” said BCcampus manager for open… Read more »

Vancouver to host the 2015 international Open Education Conference

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Last week, several BCcampus staffers attended OpenEd 2014 in Washington, DC. Partly because of the work we’ve been doing in the OER space in the past two years, conference founder David Wiley announced Vancouver will be the site of next year’s event. At the conference, BCcampus manager for OER, Clint Lalonde, and developer Brad Payne presented on the work Brad has been doing to add… Read more »

Survey opportunity for OER faculty in B.C.

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Do Open Educational Resources make a difference in the classroom? An online survey developed by BCcampus and U.K.-based OER Research Hub is being used to collect data to quantify the efficacy of OER Open Educational Resources have been popular topics for BCcampus; we’ve explored the economics of open, the intersection of open education and technology, and additional relevant posts. Collaborating with the OER Research Hub… Read more »

Celebrating Open Access Week with new open textbooks

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This fall we have added new textbooks in Geography, Marketing, English, Psychology, and Sociology to our open textbooks collection, each with significant contributions from post-secondary faculty in British Columbia. British Columbia in a Global Context This introductory Geography textbook was created from scratch to meet the specific regional needs of British Columbia courses and programs. Written by faculty from SFU, UBC, Okanagan College, and the… Read more »

BCcampus staffers talking textbooks at Open Access Week events

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Open Access Week, a global event, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research. Open Textbooks: New Models in Textbook Production at SFU To celebrate Open Access… Read more »

Open Textbook Project turns two

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The B.C. Open Textbook Project turns two years old today. Birthdays are a good time for reflection, and as we look back over the past two years, we can see just how far we have come with the B.C. Open Textbook Project. In the beginning It was on October 16, 2012 at the annual OpenEd conference in Vancouver that then British Columbia Minister of Advanced… Read more »

Improving adoption of open textbooks through faculty advocates

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Three instructors from each of three B.C. Institutions have joined the BCcampus Open Textbook team as “Faculty Fellows” in order to encourage more instructor and faculty uptake of the open textbooks in our collection. Dr. Jessie Key, a chemistry professor at Vancouver Island University, Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani, a psychology instructor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and Dr. Christina Hendricks, a senior instructor of philosophy at University… Read more »

Fall 2014 for BCcampus: Open Textbooks, Symposiums and Workshops

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Our Open Textbooks Project continues to generate interest from faculty and students not only across British Columbia, but internationally. Just this week, SFU student newspaper, The Peak published a special feature called The End of Textbooks and featured our very own Clint Lalonde, who is the project lead on BC Open Textbook project. The introductory open Canadian Geography textbook created during June’s sprint and mentioned… Read more »

Premier’s Awards

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The BC Open Textbook Project was a regional finalist for a British Columbia Premier’s Award for Public Service Excellence. The award recognizes achievements in the public service that significantly benefit the people of British Columbia. On Thursday, September 11, 2014, the regional awards were presented during a video telecast. Even though the BC Open Textbook Project didn’t win, we are truly honoured to have been recognized… Read more »