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Posted by on Jun 9, 2014 in News | 2 comments

Morning of Day 1: Book Sprint

What do you get when you bring together:
– 2 facilitators from Berlin,
– 5 Geography Faculty from across British Columbia,
– 1 Illustrator
– 1 Programmer
– 2 Managers of Open Education, and
– 1 librarian

…. a BC Book Sprint of course!

If you have been following our previous blog entries on open.bccampus.ca you are aware that we (BCcampus) are hosting our first book sprint to create a first year Geography open textbook…. in four days.

Yes, four days (Monday to Thursday).

We are three hours into the booksprint and are in the conceptualizing phase. Sticky notes scatter the white walls with topics and terms. Ideas are shared across the table. Questions arise “what will make this textbook unique”, “what value will we bring to the Geography community”, “how can we create engaging activities and bring in service learning?”

Stick notes

The four-day book sprint will involve collaborative writing and a process of creative collaboration, a format that we are already witnessing at the start of Day 1.

It’s all inspiring and engaging, and most importantly, it’s happening!

Group gathering


  1. Hello Amanda, Clint, Mary and Team
    This is exciting and I would like to wish everyone great success in this project. I expect the group has reached a consensus on the question of “what will make this textbook unique” – can you share these thoughts?
    all the best
    Don Gorges

    • Hi Don! Thank you for your comment and guess what? We are currently working on a blog post to respond to that very question “what makes this textbook unique”?