Whether your classroom is online or in person, teaching one-on-one or to hundreds of learners, you can effectively use open textbooks or other open educational resources (OER) in your course. We’ve created this quick walk through to help you get started.

Introducing open textbooks and OER to your class

  1. Choose a textbook that matches your course – check the B.C. Open Textbook Collection – or other OER.
  2. Explore the open textbook or OER to evaluate the content, delivery options, interactivity, and in many cases, supplementary material to improve your curriculum. Use the BCcampus Open Education Adoption Guide to inform your decision.
  3. Modify the open textbook or OER to perfectly match your learning outcomes. If using a textbook, add chapters from another open textbook, or update the information to match current conditions in your field of study. Learn how to modify an open textbook in the Adaptation Guide.
  4. Share the open textbook or OER with your students and teaching team. If using an open textbook, provide them with a link to the textbook, so they can choose the format that works best for them (including an affordable print-on-demand option from BCcampus), or download and modify your version, then make it available through various learning management systems (LMS) or online file-sharing services.
  5. Notify us so we can track the adoption of open textbooks and other open educational resources (OER) in British Columbia.

Open textbook adoptions

Other OER adoptions

Everyone can use open textbooks and OER

All books in the B.C. Open Textbook Collection are covered by a Creative Commons licence which means they provide non-exclusive, worldwide, indefinite permissions for anyone to use without contacting the author, or are not copyrighted and reside in the public domain.