British Columbia

19 Thompson Rivers University (TRU)



For assistance with adopting, adapting, or creating an open textbook, please contact:

  • Brenda Smith, Open Education Librarian
    Phone: 250-828-5098

For assistance with Pressbooks, contact:

  • Ken Monroe
    Phone: 778-471-8440

For assistance with TRU OER grant projects, contact:

  • Joe Dobson
    Phone: 250-371-5642


To report an adoption in a TRU course or make inquiries, please contact:

  • Brenda Smith, Open Education Librarian

BCcampus Open Education Interior Regional Representative

Ross McKerlich

The Open Interior channel is available for communicating with colleagues at BC’s interior post-secondary institutions who are interested in open education. To join, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the following link
  2. Create an account
  3. Once you create an account you are automatically in the “Town Square” channel. Look to the left under “public channels” click more and after searching choose “open interior.”

This is a public channel that anyone can join so feel free to share this information with colleagues.


Documentation – OER Resources

Canadian repositories

TRU Libraries

ZTC (Zero Textbook Cost) programs

OER from TRU

Open textbooks – new

Open textbooks – adapted

Ancillary resources

Learning activities


Grants and projects

Projects in progress

  • Integrating OER into first year general chemistry (CHEM 1500 and OL) – Bruno Cinel
  • ABE Human Biology open textbook- Christine Miller
  • Earth system science open textbook – Crystal Huscroft
  • OER for research methods in education – Gloria Ramirez
  • Co-op 1000 and Co-op work term open textbook – Jamie Noakes and Shawn Read
  • Adapted Clinical Procedures for Safer Patient Care for TRU BScN program – Renée Anderson
  • Professional writing lessons (OER) for CMNS 1290/1291 – Shannon Smyrl



TRU Student Union

Working group

Research and presentations

  • DeVries, I. (2013). Evaluating open education resources: Lessons learned. Procedia – Social and Behavioral Sciences, 83(4), 56-60. doi: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2013.06.012
  • DeVries, I.J. (2019). Open universities and open educational practices. International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 20(4).
  • Earle, S. (2019). What students like and dislike about open textbooks. BCcampus Open Education Research Fellows Report.
  • Harrison, M., & Devries, I. (2019). Open educational practices advocacy: The instructional designer experience. Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, 45(3).
  • Smith, B., Lee, L. (2017). Librarians and OER: Cultivating a community of practice to be mroe effective advocates. Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning, 11. doi: 10.1080/1533290X.2016.1226592
  • Weller, M., Jordan, K., DeVries, I., & Rolfe, V. (2018). Mapping the open education landscape: citation network analysis of historical open and distance education research. Open Praxis, 10(2), 109-126. doi:10.5944/openpraxis.10.2.822

Blogs and news


BCcampus Open Education

Advisory Board

  • Michelle Harrison (2019-20)

Advocacy and Research Fellows

  • Michelle Harrison (2019-20)
  • Steve Earle (2018-19)

Business ZTC Programs Advisory Group

  • Brenda Smith (2019-21)

Open Homework Systems Advisory Group

  • Michelle Harrison (2019-21)

STEM ZTC Programs Advisory Group

  • Steve Earle (2019-21)

Trades Advisory Group

  • Haileigh Shanks (2019-21)
  • Paul Simpson (2019-21)
  • Darren Watt (2019-21)

BCOEL Membership

  • Brenda Smith


  • Member of OERu, an international network of recognized partner institutions from five continents – providing top-quality tertiary courses to students everywhere.
Last update: Jun 30/20


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