Open Textbook Summit 2017- Call for Proposals

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BCcampus welcomes proposals for the 5th annual Open Textbook Summit, May 24-25, 2017 at SFU Harbour Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada). The Open Textbook Summit attracts a wide range of higher education participants including faculty, students, open educators, project staff, librarians, as well as government policy makers and institutional leaders.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers for the 2017 Open Textbook Summit:

Ryan Merkley, CEO Creative Commons

Kory Wilson, Executive Director, Aboriginal Initiatives and Partnerships at BCIT


Topics for this year’s summit include:

  1. Faculty experiences adopting, adapting or creating open textbooks
  2. Student advocacy in open textbook adoption and adaptation
  3. The Open Textbook Project in BC: sharing experiences and resources
  4. The importance of Provincial policy in establishing funding programs for open educational resources
  5. The role of librarians in supporting open textbooks
  6. Open textbook research initiatives
  7. Open textbook peer review processes
  8. Institutional support for open textbook adoptions
  9. Technology to support the development and use of open textbooks
  10. Innovative pedagogical activities involving open textbooks and open pedagogy
  11. Open textbooks adoption challenges and how to overcome them
  12. Open textbooks and open pedagogy
  13. Open textbooks: issues of quality in open education

Submission Categories

Submissions will be considered for the following categories:

  • Paper Presentation Sessions (30 minutes)
  • Workshop Sessions (60 minutes). Workshop sessions must have a hands-on, practical application component related to one of the Summit topics within the context of Open Textbooks.

Criteria for Selection

Proposals will be reviewed by members of the BCcampus Open Education Team and reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • Theme Alignment: proposal is aligned to the theme of the conference: Open Textbooks.
  • Engaging: presentation has high potential to attract conference attendees by addressing needs of the open textbook community and trends in open education practices.
  • Relevant: proposal addresses one or more of the suggested topics of the summit.

Proposal acceptance decisions will be based on originality, innovation and quality of the submission.


  • Submission deadline: January 27, 2017- EXTENDED DEADLINE
  • Acceptance Announcements by February 10, 2017

Sharing what we do

  • All artifacts from the BCcampus Open Textbook Summit are openly licensed according to the terms of Creative Commons 4.0 []. This includes photographs, audio and video recordings, and session materials/presentations. By submitting a proposal you agree to these terms.
  • Facilitators and participants are encouraged to post and share their work online.

Contact Us

If you have questions regarding the Call for Proposals or the Open Textbook Summit, in general, please contact us at

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