Adopt/Use an Open Textbook

30 Does an open textbook affect a course’s transferability?

According to the BC Council on Admissions & Transfer (BCCAT), articulation and course transferability should not hinge on the use of specific textbooks in a course.

Articulation is based on equivalency of content, skills, learning outcomes, topics, and competencies even though instructors may choose to use a textbook that covers the full range of learning outcomes of a course.

The guides, How to ArticulateThe Sender’s Guide and The Receiver’s Guide (, discuss the parameters for articulation, but none mentions textbooks as an element in the decision-making process.

For a full range of transfer requirements, see the Transfer-Friendly Course Outline Form.


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