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Open Education Resources (OER): Open Textbooks (BCcampus)

David Wiley on why open textbooks are the way forward

JIBC Open Textbooks

BCcampus

BCcampus is tasked with co-ordination of a project, supported by BC Ministry of Advanced Education, for the creation of open textbooks providing flexible and affordable access to higher education resources in BC.

The following resources are all from BCcampus.

The Project

The B.C. Open Textbook Project is funded by the BC Ministry of Advanced Education, and it is managed by BCcampus. A goal of the Project is to provide flexible and affordable access to higher education resources in B.C. by making 60 openly-licensed textbooks available. These texts will be available for selection by B.C. faculty, and digital versions of the texts will be free of charge to students. For those who prefer a printed copy, this format will also be available on demand for a low cost. This is the first government funded initiative of its kind in Canada.

A look at the BCcampus Open Textbook Project from BCcampus.

What are Open Textbooks

  • Open textbooks are part of a larger movement called "Open Educational Resources" (OER)
  • An open textbook is a textbook with an open copyright license that allows the material to be freely accessed, shared and adapted.
  • Open licenses allow instructors to adapt, remix, or customize existing open textbooks to maximize instructional content to meet their own learning objectives
  • Many open textbooks are developed through traditional peer review, others are vetted by experts.  As with any textbook, the instructor is the final judge of whether an open textbook meets the needs of the course.