Retirement of the B.C. Open Textbook Collection

When is the B.C. Open Textbook Collection being archived?

The B.C. Open Textbook Collection will be archived on Thursday, February 1, 2024, from 9am to 11am.

Who do I contact if I have a question about this archiving event?

If you have questions about the archiving of the B.C. Open Textbook Collection, or other open education concerns, fill out the Contact Us form or email BCcampus OpenEd Help at open@bccampus.ca.

Will BCcampus still have an open textbook collection?

Yes. The B.C. Open Collection, launched in June 2022, will become BCcampus’ sole repository for open educational resources (including open textbooks) once the B.C. Open Textbook Collection has been archived.

Why is the B.C. Open Textbook Collection being archived?

It has been a long-term goal of BCcampus to improve the look, content, and user experience of our open collection. This task began with improvements made to the B.C. Open Textbook Collection and ended with the realization that a new collection and website would serve users better.

Were all of the books in the B.C. Open Textbook Collection moved to the B.C. Open Collection?

Most of the open textbooks and open course packs in the B.C. Open Textbook Collection were moved to the B.C. Open Collection. Resources that were not included in the migration were those that did not meet the required criteria for the B.C. Open Collection or that were otherwise outdated or obsolete. Support resources and openly licensed materials that were neither textbooks nor course materials were not added to the B.C. Open Collection.

Where can I access open educational support resources such as guides, toolkits, and directories?

Open educational support resources published by BCcampus can now be found on the Support Resources page of the BCcampus OpenEd website. Links to these resources can also be found in the footer of the B.C. Open Collection site.

Can I still get access to resources posted in the B.C. Open Textbook Collection after it’s archived?

There will be no public access to archived resources. Please search for the required item in the B.C. Open Collection.

The below resources are no longer part of the B.C. open collection:

If you cannot find an archived resource, please contact open@bccampus.ca.

Can I buy printed copies of OER posted in the B.C. Open Collection?

Yes. Look for the Order Hardcopy button at the top of the page of the desired resource.

Can I suggest a textbook for the B.C. Open Collection?

Yes. Textbook suggestions may be submitted via the Suggest a Textbook form. (A link to this form can also be found in the footer of the B.C. Open Textbook Collection.) Please note the required criteria for considered textbooks, found at the beginning of the form.

How do I report errors found in OER hosted in the B.C. Open Collection?

Errors may be submitted via the Report an Error form. (A link to this form can also be found in the footer of the B.C. Open Textbook Collection.)

Can I apply to review an open textbook in the B.C. Open Collection?

Yes. Applications to review a textbook may be submitted via the Review a Textbook form. (A link to this form can also be found in the footer of the B.C. Open Textbook Collection.)

Where do I find open textbook adoption stats?

Pulling Together series (Indigenization guides),

Can I still buy printed copies of support resources?

Yes. Begin by going to the Support Resources page on the BCcampus OpenEd website. Click on the resource you want, and partway down the home page of the resource, look for the BUY BOOK button.

General Questions

How do I cite an open textbook?

Textbooks published by BCcampus will include citation and copyright information on the first page of the web book. Scroll down, past the Table of Contents, to the Metadata section. There, you’ll find the information you need to create a citation. Most books include a sample citation in APA style, which you can adapt to other styles as needed.

For more information on how to cite or reference an open textbook, see Textbook Citation in the Self-Publishing Guide.

Do I need permission to use material (text, image, video, etc.) from BCcampus Open Education textbooks and resources?

You do not need permission to use openly licensed materials; however, you may be required to provide attribution. Check the Metadata section on each web book’s home page to see the terms of the Creative Commons licence related to that book. Most textbooks in the B.C. Open Textbook Collection published by BCcampus also have a suggested attribution statement in the License section.

If you’d like to use images from textbooks in the collection, be sure to check the caption of each image and any attribution statements at the bottom of the page for additional licensing conditions that may apply. Images within a textbook are sometimes covered by a different CC licence than the textbook in which they are used. If no additional licensing conditions are indicated, then the images may be reused as per the terms of the CC BY 4.0 licence that applies to the textbook.

How do I order a print copy of an open textbook?

To order a print copy of an open textbook, find the book in the collection and select “Buy a print copy.”

For assistance, contact SFU Document Solutions at docsol@sfu.ca or 778-782-4160 (Monday to Friday, 9am – 4pm Pacific Time).

What is an open licence?

An open licence, or open-copyright licence, grants permission to access, retain, reuse, redistribute, and build upon (remix and revise) a work with few or no restrictions. For more information, see Copyright and Open Licences in the Self-Publishing Guide.

How do I create or self-publish an open textbook?

You can find information about how to create and self-publish an open textbook in the BCcampus Self-Publishing Guide.  This guide provides details on the preparation, planning, writing, publication, and maintenance of an open textbook.

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