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Open Educational Resources

What are Open Texbooks?

  • Open textbooks are part of a larger movement called Open Education.
  • An open textbook is a textbook with a copyright licence that allows the material to be freely accessed, shared and adapted.
  • Open licences allow instructors to adapt, remix or customize existing open textbooks to maximize instructional content to meet their own learning objectives.
  • Many open textbooks are developed through traditional peer review, others are vetted by experts. As with any textbook, the instructor is the final judge of whether an open textbook meets the needs of the course.
  • They are free for anyone to view, download or print.

The BC Open Textbook Project is funded by the BC Ministry of Advanced Education and managed by BCcampus. A goal of the project is to provide flexible and affordable access to higher education resources in BC by making openly licensed textbooks available. These texts are available for selection by BC faculty, and digital versions of the texts are free of charge to students. For those who prefer a printed copy, this format is also available on demand for a low cost. This is the first government-funded initiative of its kind in Canada.

Open Textbooks

Student Involvement in Advocating for Open Textbooks