Geography and Strategic Management: 2 new open textbooks

We are very happy to announce the release of two new open textbooks, both with significant contributions from post-secondary faculty in British Columbia. British Columbia in a Global Context is an introductory Geography textbook written by faculty from SFU, UBC, Okanagan College and UFV. The book was created from scratch to meet the specific regional … Continued

Roundup of the Geography Open Textbook Sprint

If you are looking for the finished Geography textbook, BC in a Global Context, it is available in our open textbook library. On June 9th, 2014 a group of educators and technologists gathered at the University of British Columbia with a unique challenge; create a first year university level Geography open textbook in just four … Continued

Post-textbook sprint: BC in a Global Context

48,420 words. 8 chapters. The first BC open textbook sprint wrapped up late Thursday night after 4 long days of collaborative writing, researching, editing and reviewing.  We’ll have a more thorough debrief of the event in the coming days. For now, here is what is happening with the book. Over the next 2 weeks, we … Continued

Open Pedagogy at the Open TextBook Sprint

A unique feature of the Open Geography Textbook is the integration of Community Based Experiential Learning Activities. The authors made it clear on Day 1 of the booksprint that they wanted to provide both students and faculty with activities that would add value to the world, activities that would not only utilize community-driven projects but … Continued

The 5 Rules of Textbook Development

Wikibooks put together an excellent overview of textbook considerations and one that BCcampus has adapted for the purposes of our open textbook development. Textbook Defined A textbook is an organized body of material useful for the formal study of a subject area. A good textbook is distinguished by the following pedagogical features: A discrete, well-bounded … Continued