About the Book

The Geography Open Textbook Collective at work

The Geography Open Textbook Collective

Over the course of four days in June 2014, five Geography faculty members from across British Columbia, supported by a facilitator, librarian, researcher, illustrator, programmer and instructional designer, created this book. This involved drawing on our own research, teaching and experience and working with the team to put it all together into an online format, one that would be accessible to students and educators alike.

Beyond the unique way in which this book was created through this Book Sprint process, there are other elements of this book that make it unique. First, it takes a holistic approach to first-year Geography, incorporating elements of physical, human and regional geography, as well as bringing in methods and perspectives from spatial information science.

Pedagogically, this book is aimed at a a first-year or introductory Geography student, and would be suitable for a first-year Geography course on BC. It incorporates elements of service learning and suggested service learning activities recognizing that the study of Geography is deeply connected to the communities we live in. Many of the suggestions for service learning are illustrated through the use of case studies from across BC.

Finally, this book is openly licensed with a Creative Commons license, meaning that it can be freely used, copied, distributed, adapted and modified, either in whole or in part without further permission. We have made this book available in numerous file types that you can take, modify and reuse. Your reuse of this material can be anything from simple copying and using a single illustration or image to a complete rewriting of the book to fit your own learning objectives.

About the British Columbia Open Textbook Project

This book was created as part of the BC Open Textbook Project. In October 2012, the British Columbia Ministry of Advanced Education announced [1] its support for the creation of open textbooks for the 40 highest-enrolled first and second year subject areas in the province’s public post-secondary system. BCcampus [2], a service agency of the Ministry of Advanced Education, managed the project. In May 2014, BCcampus we received funds for a further 20 open textbooks [3] for skills training and technical programs.

For more information about the project, please visit open.bccampus.ca [4] or email opentext@bccampus.ca.

What is an Open Textbook?

Open Textbooks are Open Educational Resources (OER), which are instructional resources created and shared using open licenses. This means that they are free for others to use, copy, distribute or modify. reuse. Pedagogically, the flexibility of an Open Textbook means that the content of an Open Textbook can be modified and customized to meet the specific learning objectives of your course.

Are you using this book?

If you are an instructor who is using this book for a course, please let us know. Information about adoptions helps us sustain open educational project like the BC Open Textbook Project.


  1. Ministry of Advanced Education Press Release on the BC Open Textbook Project http://www2.news.gov.bc.ca/news_releases_2009-2013/2012aeit0010-001581.htm
  2. BCcampus website http://bccampus.ca
  3. Press release announcing funding for 20 open textbooks in Skills Training http://www2.news.gov.bc.ca/news_releases_2013-2017/2014aved0019-000660.htm
  4. The BC Open Textbook website http://open.bccampua.ca


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About the Book by Arthur Green, Britta Ricker, Siobhan McPhee, Aviv Ettya, Cristina Temenos is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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