BC Open Textbooks Stats (as of April 2015)

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Tis the season for spring cleaning, or in our case spring inventory. Too often we breeze by accomplishments and keep our heads down, focused on the next to-do. When I was asked to pull together some of our Open Textbook statistics, it seemed appropriate to share the stats with others and share what we have accomplished (as of April 2015) and what we are currently… Read more »

BCcampus OpenEd wins Open Education Award for Excellence

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Note: This is a cross post from the main BCcampus website. BCcampus OpenEd was recently recognized for creative innovation by the Open Education Consortium, a worldwide community of higher education institutions and organizations devoted to open education and global education. Last fall, the B.C. Open Textbook Project was named a regional finalist for the Premier’s Award for Public Service Excellence, and this spring we were… Read more »

New Open Textbook: Ethics in Law Enforcement

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We are very happy to announce the release of a new open textbook. In this book, you will examine the moral and ethical issues that exist within law enforcement. This book will also familiarize you with the basic history, principles, and theories of ethics. These concepts will then be applied to the major components of the criminal justice system: policing, the courts, and corrections. Discussion… Read more »

Introducing the B.C. Open Textbook Accessibility Toolkit

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The BC Open Textbook Accessibility Toolkit is a collaboration between BCcampus and the Centre for Accessible Post-secondary Education Resources BC (CAPER-BC). CAPER-BC provides accessible learning and teaching materials to students and instructors who cannot use conventional print because of disabilities. At the end of 2014, BCcampus and (CAPER-BC) contacted the Disability Services Coordinators at partner institutions to find student participants with print disabilities to evaluate… Read more »

12 Instructors. 2 days. 2, 255 questions.

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On February 23- 24, 2015, 12 Culinary Arts Instructors from across British Columbia gathered at Vancouver Community College to adapt and create questions for the Cook exam bank. Instructors represented the Pacific Culinary Institute, Camosun College, Vancouver Island University, Thompson Rivers University, University of the Fraser Valley, Vancouver Community College, North Island College, and Northern Lights College. The event was organized by Dennis Green of… Read more »

Calculating Student Savings

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  We are revising the way we calculate student savings for the project to better reflect what we know about student textbook buying habits. Instead of reporting a single value for student savings, we are instead providing a range of student savings for British Columbia students as a result of a faculty adoption of an open textbook. How we used to calculate students savings We have… Read more »

Open Webinars for Open Education Week

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As part of Open Education Week, March 9-13, 2015, BCcampus sponsored a series of Open Education Open Webinars. These webinars were open to anyone who wished to participate. Archives Date Title Presenters Post-event archive & resources Monday, March 9 A Discussion on Open Pedagogy Tracy Kelly, Manager of Professional Learning, BCcampus and Mary Burgess, Executive Director, BCcampus Session archive recording (BB Collaborate 31:57) Session slides Open Pedagogy blog… Read more »

2015 Open Textbook Summit Call for Proposals

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The 3rd annual Open Textbook Summit, is coming up May 28-29, 2015 in Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada). The Open Textbook Summit attracts a wide range of higher education participants including faculty, students, open educators, project staff, librarians, as well as government policy makers and institutional leaders. For 2015, we are looking for presentations. All sessions will be 30 minutes in length and suggested topics include: Faculty… Read more »

New Open Textbook! Introduction to Sociology-1st Canadian Edition

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We are very happy to announce the release of a new open textbook, with significant contributions from post-secondary faculty in British Columbia. Introduction to Sociology-1st Canadian Edition adheres to the scope and sequence of a typical introductory sociology course. In addition to comprehensive coverage of core concepts, foundational scholars, and emerging theories, incorporated are section reviews with engaging questions, discussions that help students apply the… Read more »

Adopting Open Textbooks Online Workshop

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Note: This is not an active course. The course finished on February 6, 2015. The contents of the course and the archive of the weekly webinars will remain open and archived on P2Pu. To access the course, please visit adoptotb.com. What A FREE four-week long online workshop for anyone interested in open textbooks. This workshop includes BOTH asynchronous activities and synchronous webinars each week. This… Read more »