Open Textbook Toolkit

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The BCcampus Open Textbook Toolkit is your starting point on how to change education with just one textbook. It provides a list of our open textbooks, information and guidelines for adopting and assigning an open textbook.

About open textbooks in British Columbia

In October 2012, the BC Ministry of Advanced Education announced its support for the creation of open textbooks for the 40 highest-enrolled first and second year subject areas in the province’s public post-secondary system. BCcampus is tasked with co-ordination of the project because of our 10-year experience funding open educational resources (OER) through the Online Program Development Fund.

The goal of the Open Textbook Project is to provide flexible and affordable access to higher education resources in B.C. by making open textbooks available for use by B.C. faculty, and digital versions of the texts are free of charge to faculty and students. Printed copies are also available on demand for a low cost.

1. Open textbook formats
The textbooks are available to read online, download in PDF, ePub and mobi (Kindle) formats for free. You also have the option to purchase (at cost) a bound and covered print copy of  the textbook.

2. Guidelines on choosing and assigning an open textbook
If you are an instructor looking for an open textbook to assign to your class here are some guidelines. Also check out the B.C. Open Textbook Authoring Guide with chapters on how to Adopt an Open Textbook and Adapt an Existing Open Textbook.

3. Why open textbooks? View these video clips explaining why.

4. Print support materials. Help us spread the word!
Feel free to download and use these resources to help spread the word about open textbooks.

5. Have you adopted an open textbook?
Tell us about it! and don’t miss any BCcampus OpenEd news, subscribe to our newsletter.

6. Canadian research on OER and open textbooks

7. High-quality, peer-reviewed open textbooks ready to use now
The following textbooks have been rated 4 or higher (out of 5) by your peers in the British Columbia higher education system and are available for download now.

Resources

  1. Open Textbooks formats
  2. Guidelines on choosing and assigning an Open Textbook
  3. Why Open Textbooks? A video clip from BCcampus
  4. Print Support Materials (poster, brochure)
  5. Have you adopted an open textbook? Let us know.
  6. Canadian research on OER and open textbooks.
  7. High-quality, peer-reviewed open textbooks ready to use now.