We are looking for Canadian subject-matter experts (SME) to complete a short evaluation of a textbook under consideration for the B.C. Open Textbook Collection. Book selections have either been curated by the BCcampus OER publishing team or recommended by a B.C. instructor.

Subject-matter experts are used to evaluate books under consideration that have not been produced by an academic press OR an established publishing house that meet the minimum requirements for textbooks added to the B.C. Open Textbook Collection. This step ensures the open textbooks added to the collection fulfil expectations for quality, relevancy, and ability to meet the needs of post-secondary faculty, students, and institutions, particularly within B.C. and Canada.

If the SME recommends the textbook, it will be posted in the B.C. Open Textbook Collection.

Books under consideration are listed below.

There are no books that currently require SME evaluation.

Application process

Faculty interested in evaluating an open textbook under consideration for the B.C. Open Textbook Collection should submit the below application form. Please provide your institutional email along with the courses you have taught that are relevant to the textbook you would like to evaluate.

For questions, contact bookreviews@bccampus.ca.

Selection process

We accept applications from faculty at post-secondary institutions in Canada, who have teaching experience in the subject matter of the textbook they would like to evaluate. This includes PhD candidates who have completed their qualifying exams and are involved in teaching.

Please note that in order to encourage a diversity of voices in the reviews, we limit the number of evaluations to one per person.

Evaluation process

If your application is accepted, you will be asked to fill out and submit the SME Evaluation Rubric [Word file] (CC BY). You will have three months to write and submit your evaluation.

An honorarium of $100 will be paid to eligible and qualified individuals who complete, submit and, if the textbook is recommended for the B.C. Open Textbook Collection, permit the open publication of their evaluation along side the textbook in the B.C. Open Textbook Collection under a CC BY 4.0 licence. The copyright for the evaluation is owned by the SME.

Application form

    Contact information

    First name *

    Last name *

    Institutional email *

    Select your institution * (If your institution is not listed, select "Other" on the dropdown menu and enter the name in the "Other institution" field below.)

    Other Institution

    Courses taught *

    Textbook evaluation

    Select one textbook to evaluate *

    I understand that my evaluation may be published in the B.C. Open Textbook Collection if book is recommended. (required)

    I am willing to consider adopting an open textbook should its content be suitable for my course. (optional)

    By submitting this form, you give BCcampus permission to share this information with your identified institution.