Business ZTC Project Update: July 2020

This monthly status report is to share progress each month for the the Business ZTC Project and to outline plans for the coming month.


This section will be highlights from the last month. High level budget info. Can include a video snapshot of features for example.

This month progress has been made on Business ZTC projects (details will be provided below) and the call for proposals for a Marketing ZTC was extended to the end of August to allow more time for institutions to apply.

More information about previous activity and timelines for the project can be found on the Business ZTC Charter Wiki page.

Activity Last Month

Goals that were met, decisions made, milestones met, etc.

The call for proposals for a ZTC in Marketing has been extended to August 28th in hopes that institutions will have more time to complete applications. Some feedback was received that the challenges institutions and faculty face right now in converting all courses for online delivery means there is little time to complete applications and consider the work in developing a ZTC.

An update email was sent to the Business ZTC advisory group to provide a summary of the activity over the last couple of months and to ask members to share information regarding the call for proposals.

The following is a summary of the activity on Business OER projects:

1) Tourism

The Intro to Tourism textbook updates are near completion. It is expected that it will be complete by mid-August and ready to be added to the BCcampus collection. Melanie attended a meeting with the authors and has been providing support via email as well. A blog post about the tourism project will be written once the book is complete (in September).

2) Consumer Behaviour

Andrea Niosi, the book author, has received positive feedback over the summer term on the draft text from her students. They expressed how much they appreciated a free textbook. Colleagues of Andrea’s are reviewing the book using Hypothesis. Once the reviews are complete she will be making updates to the book. Andrea is interested in hiring a couple of students to assist with the style and design guide for the book as well as updating it for accessibility in the fall.

3) Developing a Marketing Plan

Work has continued on the book over the last month. The interim report for this project is due mid-August and the template for this report has been provided to the book author.

4) Digital Marketing

Work has continued on the book over the last month. The interim report for this project is due mid-August and the template for this report has been provided to the book author.

5) Principles of Marketing Question Bank

Work has continued on the question bank over the last month. The interim report for this project has been submitted and the first invoice fore the project will be submitted upon review of the interim report and the question development thus far.

Planned Activity

Goals for next month – what we’re looking forward to/excited about. Includes development, meetings, communication, etc.

The following is a summary of upcoming Business ZTC work for August:

  • Call for proposals for ZTC in Marketing closes
  • Schedule 2nd Advisory Group meeting for September or October
  • Finalize Tourism textbook for the BCcampus collection
  • Melanie will be on holiday Aug 1-24 so it is expected that activity will be low

Risks and Issues

Timelines for projects may be impacted as a result of Covid-19 related delays.LowCurrently Business ZTC projects are underway. Continuing communication with project leads about timelines and providing support with Pressbooks will assist in keeping on track.
Work on Business ZTC projects will likely extend beyond the end of fiscal 2020/21. While existing funds will be distributed to institutions on time, they will require from BCcampus beyond March 31s, 2021MediumProject Manager roles will continue until Sept 2021 to provide that level of support.

Lessons Learned

List of things that went well and what improvements could be made.

Links and Resources

Include links to useful/related info such as slides from an update meeting, related projects or other resources of interest.

Call for proposals: Marketing ZTC