B.C. Open Education Updates

34 OpenEd in 2020

Updates and news regarding open education in B.C. for 2020 as posted in the BCcampus newsletter.

January

New books in the B.C. Open Textbook Collection

B.C. collection updates

  • A new sub-category called “Ocean Studies” has been added to “Earth and Ocean Sciences”
  • The Communication/Writing sub category “Creative Non-Fiction” has been labelled “Creative Writing

New reviews in the B.C. Open Textbook Collection

Support resources update

New from B.C.

Canadian news

BCcampus OpenEd housekeeping

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February

New books in the B.C. Open Textbook Collection

B.C. collection updates

New reviews in the B.C. Open Textbook Collection

Print-on-Demand Survey

  • The B.C. post-secondary community is invited to complete a survey about print-on-demand services for open textbooks. This information will be used to complete the Print-on-Demand Guide, about creating printed, bound copies of open textbooks in the  B.C. Open Textbook Collection. This guide is an open creation, defined as an in-progress work, public during development.

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March

The COVID-19 pandemic shut down BCcampus offices on March 16, 2020.

B.C. Open Textbook Collection updates

Adoptions in B.C.

Ancillary resources

New reviews in the B.C. Open Textbook Collection

Thank you Langara College for contributing these reviews.

New from B.C.

Open education research

Support resources update

New open textbooks from eCampusOntario

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April

New books in the B.C. Open Textbook Collection

New reviews in the B.C. Open Textbook Collection

New in the OER by Discipline Directory

New entries for the OER by Discipline Directory can be found in these subject areas:

New from B.C.

Support resources updates

New in the Information Directory

Pressbooks Guide update

The Pressbooks Guide has been updated with relevant content from the Pressbooks User Guide. New chapters include:

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May

New reviews in the B.C. Open Textbook Collection

We are looking for Canadian subject-matter experts to complete a short review of the following open textbooks. Interested faculty can contact bookreviews@bccampus.ca.

Open education research

Open education resources

Support resources updates

New from B.C.

In light of the financial constraints being faced by B.C.’s post-secondary institutions during the current pandemic, BCcampus has decided to remove the requirement that applicants to the Open Education Foundation Grant for Institutions and the Sustainability Grant for Institutions must secure matching funds from their institutions equal to the grant total.

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June

New books in the B.C. Open Textbook Collection

Books archived from the B.C. Open Textbook Collection

  • Basics of Fluid Mechanics
  • Accounting Principles: A Business Perspective
  • Brief Calculus
  • Concept Development Studies in Chemistry

The above archived books have been added to the OER by Discipline Directory.

New reviews in the B.C. Open Textbook Collection

Open education research

Support resources updates

Pressbooks Updates

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  • Open Langara is offering three $1,500 grants to faculty who are interested in adapting or creating open educational resources (OER) or incorporating open educational practices (OEP) into their teaching. Learn more.
  • The Program for Open Scholarship and Education (POSE) is a new one-year flexible and blended program jointly presented by the UBC Open Working Group, the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology and UBC Library. The program will help you develop foundational knowledge of Open Scholarship, Open Education and Open Research. Learn more about POSE here.
  • In addition to providing the top five adopting institutions by number of open textbook adoptions, statistics now also include the top five adopting institutions by student savings. See them here.

July

New books in the B.C. Open Textbook Collection

Books to be archived from the B.C. Open Textbook Collection on October 1, 2020

New reviews in the B.C. Open Textbook Collection

New in the OER by Discipline Directory

Support resources updates

New from B.C.

  • Learn more about UDL in ​Universal Design for Learning: A Practical Guide by Junsong Zhang (JIBC) and Dr. Seanna Takacs (KPU)
  • In 2020 the Langara Library in partnership with Open Langara and the Langara Institutional Repository (The LaIR) introduce the Langara Open Student Scholar Prize. This prize celebrates exemplary work being done by Langara students and offers them the opportunity to share their work in an Open Access format. Learn more.

New in Canada

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  • The Print-on-Demand Guide provides an overview for post-secondary institutions interested in offering on-demand and pre-order printing services for open textbooks and other OER. See the guide here.

August

Open education resources

Support resources updates

September

New books in the B.C. Open Textbook Collection

New reviews in the B.C. Open Textbook Collection

New in the OER by Discipline Directory

  • International Relations under “Social Sciences”
  • Meteorology under “Earth and Ocean Sciences”
  • Pathology under “Health, Medical, and Social Work”
  • Histology under “Science”

Open education research

Support resources updates

New from B.C.

New in Canada

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October

New books in the B.C. Open Textbook Collection

Book to be archived from the B.C. Open Textbook Collection on February 1, 2021

New reviews in the B.C. Open Textbook Collection

New in the OER by Discipline Directory

New from B.C.

New in Canada

  • Open Art Histories: A platform for art, art history, visual art, communication, and museum studies teachers and instructors in Canada.

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Openly-licensed exam proctoring systems

November

New books in the B.C. Open Textbook Collection

New reviews in the B.C. Open Textbook Collection

New in the OER by Discipline Directory

New Sections for the OER by Discipline Directory

Multi-language versions of Geology textbook Groundwater

Support resources updates

  • The label “ancillary resources” has been changed to “supplementary materials” in BCcampus directories, guides, and toolkits
  • New chapter in the Working Group Guide: Kanban and Project Management

New from B.C.

New in Canada

  • From McGill Tribune – SSMU advocates for affordable textbooks and Open Education Resources

December

New book in the B.C. Open Textbook Collection

New reviews in the B.C. Open Textbook Collection

New in the OER by Discipline Directory

Open education research

Support resources updates

New from B.C.

New in Canada

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