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Ancillary Materials Development

Deadline for Proposals: Closed will reopen July 2017
Deadline for Projects: December 31, 2016

Open to faculty and staff from post-secondary institutions in British Columbia

Introduction

From 2012-2015, The Ministry of Advanced Education funded the BC Open Textbook Project and tasked BCcampus with managing it. The goal of the BC Open Textbook Project is to provide flexible and affordable access to higher education learning resources in BC by making available openly licensed textbooks that align with the most highly enrolled first and second year undergraduate subject areas, as well as in selected skills training and trades subject areas. As of February 2016, BCcampus and its institutional partners have saved BC students over $1.2 million in textbook fees.

In 2016, BCcampus, working closely with BC’s higher education institutions, will continue to advance the Province’s open, affordable education vision by continuing to build the BC Open Textbook collection. In addition, with financial support from the Hewlett Foundation, BCcampus will broaden the efforts in two key ways:

  1. Support the development of engaging, interactive resources that complement the BC Open Textbook collection.
  2. Encourage faculty to incorporate open educational practices in their teaching.

This call for proposals is focused on the first area mentioned above: the development of learning resources that complement textbooks.  These materials, commonly called ancillary resources, are used in conjunction with a textbook to further engage and or assess students in face-to-face and online environments. Individuals and groups of educators are encouraged to apply.

What is an open textbook?

An open textbook is a textbook licensed under an open copyright license, and made available online to be freely used by students, teachers, and members of the public. Print-on-demand copies will also be made available at cost.

Synopsis

This call for proposals is to create ancillary support material for existing open textbooks that could assist faculty in adopting the open textbook. This material can include:

  • Testbanks of questions based on an existing open textbook.
  • Presentations (PowerPoint, Open Office, Prezi, etc)
  • Multimedia content, such as audio or video, that could further enhance the textbook.
  • Simulations.
  • Instructor and student manuals.
  • Additional learning activities.

Eligible Subject Areas

  1. One of the top 40 academic subject areas targeted by the BC Open Textbook Project;
  2. High volume/strategic foundational trades including career pathway programs and programs that cross multiple trades training programs (e.g., workplace safety);
  3. Oil and Gas courses and programs focused on supporting the Natural Gas industry;
  4. Tourism/Hospitality programs;
  5. Adult Basic Education essential skills for trades and technical programs as well as programs focused on up-skilling and job-readiness;
  6. Mining related programs;
  7. Healthcare programs (e.g., Health Care Assistant, Practical Nursing and Registered Nursing).

Application Process

The application form should be completed and e-mailed to: opentext@bccampus.ca.

While the application form provides the basic information required, those wishing to submit more detail can attach appendices as required. Successful evaluation is facilitated by proposals that are well written and specifically address the guidelines.

Because proposals will include multiple inter-institutional partners, you must designate a lead representative for the project and submit the proposal through the lead. Institutional partners should include a letter of support identifying names and roles of participants.

Grants for Ancillary Resource Development will be capped at $6000.00.

Criteria for successful proposals

Successful proposals will meet the following mandatory criteria:

  • address one of the eligible subject areas,
  • align with an existing open textbook in the BC Open Textbook collection,
  • document any existing Open Educational Resources to be used,
  • exhibit characteristics of quality teaching and learning,
  • demonstrate sustainability and cost-effectiveness,
  • demonstrate collaboration within a single institution and/or between two or more post- secondary institutions,
  • be released under an open license, such as a Creative Commons license, (preferably CC-BY), which allows others to freely adapt, modify, copy and/or redistribute the content,
  • include a budget documenting the use of the funding being requested

The following criteria are preferred, but not mandatory. Preference will be given to proposals that;

  • impact large numbers of students across multiple institutions;
  • demonstrate collaboration with faculty in British Columbia, particularly within articulation committees;
  • demonstrate collaboration with faculty in Alberta and/or Saskatchewan, per the terms of the recently signed MOU;
  • include the provision of resources necessary to complete the project, such as the assistance of an instructional designer, multimedia developer, and editor. If the applicant uses available institutional resources, it promotes more institutional buy-in to the project and thus the potential for more adoption. However, if you are unable to provide these resources, BCcampus will provide them for you.
  • reuse of existing openly-licensed materials created by B.C. faculty and institutional staff and stored in SOLR. To enable this reuse, only SOLR materials licensed using a full Creative Commons license are eligible (not BC Commons).
  • encourage the use of activities that embrace open pedagogies.

Strong proposals will demonstrate how the ancillary resource being created aligns with an existing open textbook.

Proposals will be funded in the following way:

  • via a contract with the submitter as an individual instructor or staff collaborating with other individual instructors or staff, (please ensure there are no restrictions with respect to your collective agreement(s)).For example: An individual instructor may submit a proposal in which they represent several instructors from at least two BC institutions; or a member of a provincial articulation committee or institutional department submitting on behalf of the articulation committee or institution with a commitment secured to collaborate with other members. A Teaching and Learning Centre may submit a proposal to work with an instructor or an institutional department.

Project Requirements

For funding to be released, projects must be completed on time, and must include all source files used in creating the resource (including any multimedia files) to easily enable further remixing.

Review and Selection Process

Evaluation, selection, and grants are determined by an internal review committee against a rubric based on the set of criteria listed above.

If you have any further questions, please email them to opentext@bccampus.ca.