Staff Spotlight: The BCcampus Open Education team

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BCcampus contributes to the development of an open future for teaching practices and educational resources. We encourage educators to develop and share educational resources and expertise by promoting open and accessible networks and educational practice models. Wherever possible the use of OER and open applications are encouraged, particularly through our major collaborative project in open textbook adoption, adaptation, and creation: the B.C. Open Textbook Project. This is… 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 »


BCcampus Open Textbook Project – Fall 2015 Update

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On top of hitting a major financial milestone of over $1 million saved for post-secondary students in B.C, the BCcampus OpenEd team has been busy over the summer: releasing new textbooks, finalizing agreements with other provinces, preparing for the upcoming Open Education Conference, and updating the Common Core Trades and ABE training books. Open Textbooks save B.C. students $1 million No matter how you calculate… Read more »


An openness to openness – morning keynote

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Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani, an Open Textbook Faculty Fellow, “took the red pill” and join date open education movement as a result of David Wiley’s talk (along with Kim Thanos) at the first Open Textbook Summit two years ago. (Here’s a video of his talk to the OER forum 2012.) In acknowledging people like Jesse Key, Christine Hendricks (both faculty fellows), and numerous other colleagues –… Read more »


The Summer of Summits – Adaptive Learning

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BCcampus is hosting the 3rd Annual Open Textbook summit in Vancouver, B.C., this month and plans to attend another in Santa Fe, New Mexico in June The summer of summits is underway, with our 3rd Annual Open Textbook Summit scheduled for May 28th – 29th, 2015, in Vancouver, and the WCET Connect Leadership Summit planned for June 10th – 11th in Santa Fe, New Mexico…. Read more »


Pressbooks plugin developed by BCcampus enables truly open textbook publishing

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BCcampus has around 70 open textbooks in its collection, and more are being added each day. Once more textbooks are added (following the next phase of the project: 20 skills and trades textbooks), the sustainability of the collection will become more important. That means building technology that allows for the “Five Rs” of openness: reuse, revise, remix, redistribute, and retain. Brad Payne, BCcampus technical analyst and… 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 »


Justice Institute “goes big” in adopting OER and open textbooks

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Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) students taking some introductory courses no longer have to worry about how much their textbooks for those courses will cost. JIBC has assigned open textbooks derived from the BCcampus Open Textbooks Project to its first-year English and Psychology courses. Their introductory Statistics course has been taught using openly licensed materials for three years already, making JIBC an enthusiastic early… 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 »