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 »