We consider this new publication — along with our guides, toolkits, webinar slide decks, and other support materials — a type of open educational resource (OER). OER are defined as teaching, learning, and research resources that, through permissions granted by their creator, allows others to use, distribute, keep, or make changes to them. BCcampus Open Education views its support resources as openly-licensed educational tools that train the trainer — typically faculty and staff — on how to build, customize, and use open textbooks.
BCcampus Open Education [New Tab] began in 2012 as the B.C. Open Textbook Project with the goal of making post-secondary education in British Columbia more accessible by reducing students’ costs through the use of open textbooks and other OER. BCcampus [New Tab] supports the post-secondary institutions of British Columbia as they adapt and evolve their teaching and learning practices to enable powerful learning opportunities for the students of B.C. BCcampus Open Education is funded by the British Columbia Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training [New Tab], and the Hewlett Foundation [New Tab].
The BCcampus Writing Guidelines for Style and Tone [New Tab] and the attached style sheet [Word file] were referenced during the copy editing and proofreading phases of this guide.