Open Textbooks: learning from our WA neighbours

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Poised to complete a large-scale curriculum redesign in its community and technical colleges next month, Washington State is making a notable contribution to the open educational resources movement. The Open Course Library (OCL) was launched in 2010 by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC), and will become an OER adoption site at the end of March. Connie Broughton We caught up… Read more »


How Faculty Can Advocate for Open Textbooks

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When classes began at Northwest Community College last fall, students in Adrienne Watt’s online database course found a pleasant surprise waiting for them. Instead of having to order a costly textbook that could take up to a month to arrive in the mail, they received their required text online for free. They had Watt, who spent last summer pioneering an open textbook for the course,… Read more »


Get involved with Open Textbooks in BC

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Here’s a chance to get involved: BCcampus is seeking volunteers to participate in a sub-committee of the BCcampus Strategic Council which will be focussed on the Open Textbook project. If your nomination is accepted, you, along with other committee members, will provide advice on the direction and structure of the project. We’ll expect you to attend 2 or 3 face-to-face meetings, as well as some… Read more »


Questions and Answers on Open Textbooks Part 2

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Since the British Columbia government announced an Open Textbook project October 16, we have fielded many questions about it. This is Part 2 of our attempt to provide the basic information on Open Textbooks and the project itself. Are instructors/professors at B.C. post-secondary institutions going to be forced to use the open textbooks? No. We understand and respect academic freedom, and there are no plans… Read more »


Questions and Answers on Open Textbooks Part 3

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Since the British Columbia government announced an Open Textbook project October 16, we have fielded many questions about it. This is Part 3 of our attempt to provide the basic information on Open Textbooks and the project itself, and the questions came from Tony Bates. He recently published the answers on his web site, but we’re also publishing our answers (provided by David Porter) here, some… Read more »


Questions and Answers on Open Textbooks Part 1

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Since the British Columbia government announced an Open Textbook project October 16, we have fielded many questions about it. This is Part 1 of our attempt to provide the basic information on Open Textbooks and the project itself. What is an open textbook? An open textbook is a textbook licensed under an open copyright license, and made available online to be freely used by students,… Read more »


BCcampus to co-ordinate provincial open textbook project

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The government of British Columbia has announced its support for the creation of open textbooks for the 40 most popular first- and second-year courses in the province’s public post-secondary system. The texts will be available for free online, or at low-cost for printed versions, to approximately 200,000 students. B.C.’s minister of advanced education, John Yap, announced the project at the Open Education Conference in Vancouver…. Read more »


Time for BC to legislate open textbooks?

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California makes the big leap – first to establish open textbook legislation for higher education. This looks like great news for students and instructors. California is establishing a fund to create a digital collection of open textbooks. The main highlights of the California open textbook program include: Free access to textbooks in the most highly enrolled first and second year courses Government funding to create… Read more »


Adopting Open Textbooks

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BCcampus is supporting the Information Communications Technology (ICT) Collaborative Online Program in testing the open textbook waters with a pilot project this year. So far, the project has involved providing an online course, and investigating authoring tools for creating open textbooks from the various open educational resources (OER) found online.As BCcampus Client Service Manager Scott Leslie explained: “The initial request was to find suitable open textbook… Read more »