Is your institution ready for open?

We have created this page as a resource for you to use to incorporate open educational resources (OER), specifically open textbooks, within your institution. Please use the following information to identify and modify open textbooks; connect with local resources to be part of the open conversation; and create policies for the use of OER in your institution.

Assess your institution

Will OER provide value to your institution, stakeholders, and students? To ensure the successful implementation of OER, including open textbooks, in your institution, it’s important to have a baseline to evaluate your current level of OER in terms of awareness and interest.

The team at OpenSUNY in New York has created an assessment tool [Excel], with an accompanying OER Success Framework Rubric [Docx], to help you evaluate the results.

Creating policies for OER

Amanda Coolidge, Senior Manager of Open Education at BCcampus, and Daniel Demarte, Chief Academic Officer, Tidewater Community College, have developed an OER Policy Development Tool to help you develop institutional policies to take advantage of all of the benefits of OER.

Adopting open textbooks

Community and collaboration form the foundation of OER, and a substantial amount of work has been undertaken by individuals and institutions around the world to create and promote OER. We’ve assembled this list of resources to help you adopt open textbooks in your institution:

  • Read about BCcampus Open Education (previously the B.C. Open Textbook Project)
  • Read about other Canadian Open Education Initiatives and open textbooks
  • Find an open textbook
  • Use the Map to Success (thanks to Northwestern Michigan College) to help your faculty through these steps:
    • Getting started
    • Making decisions about choosing an open textbook and where to find it
    • Final steps
  • Learn how to evaluate books and resources in a repository by using the OER Repository Assessment Rubric
  • Get help assessing an open textbook or other OER with the Faculty Guide and OER Checklist [PDF]
  • If you’re interested in creating OER, see the OER Workflow diagram (thanks to  Billy Meinke at University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Outreach College)

ZTC Programs – open textbooks in action

In 2017, BCcampus launched a challenge for local institutions to develop a program with zero textbook costs (ZTC). Funded by the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills, and Training and the Hewlett Foundation, three institutions have been awarded funding for their programs:

  1. Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  2. Thompson Rivers University
  3. The Justice Institute of British Columbia