Over 35,000 students in British Columbia have saved as much as $4 million using free open textbooks since 2012.
There are 180 open textbooks available online through the B.C. Open Textbook Project. Open textbook subjects range from the most popular first- and second-year areas such as math and business, to skills and technical subjects such as trades foundation courses and adult upgrading. Approximately 283 faculty members at 23 public post-secondary institutions in B.C. are currently participating in the project.
Facts on open textbooks in B.C.:
- The B.C. Open Textbook Project is the first government-sponsored initiative of its kind in Canada.
- In October 2012, government committed $1 million to develop 40 open textbooks in popular first- and second year post-secondary subject areas such as math, chemistry and business.
- In 2013, government committed an additional $1 million for 20 open textbooks in skills training and technical programs. Government exceeded both commitments.
- In 2017, government committed an additional $250,000 to further develop the Open Textbook Project with a focus on increasing adoptions of available resources.
- Open textbooks reduce student education costs while giving instructors the flexibility to adapt and customize their course content.
- In December 2015, BCcampus received a three year, $525,000 grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to support the B.C. Open Textbook Project. The funds are being used to encourage and expand open textbook adoptions. This includes developing resources to accompany open textbooks, such as presentations, test banks, videos and homework systems.
Examples of open textbook titles include (but are not limited to):
Adult Basic Education and Upgrading
- Adult Literacy Fundamentals Mathematics Books 1-6
- BC Reads: Adult Literacy Fundamental English Course Readers and Packs
- Canadian History: Pre-Confederation
- English Literature: Victorians and Moderns
- Fundamentals of Business
- Introduction to Financial Accounting, Second Edition
Common Core Trades (skills relevant to many different trades)
- Apply Science Concepts to Trades Applications
- Handle Hazardous Materials Safely
In addition, 23 of the trades books are also available for download as free audiobooks, which assists students who face barriers to education such as physical or learning disabilities.
- Basic Kitchen and Food Service Management
- Food Safety, Sanitation, and Personal Hygiene
- Clinical Procedures for Safer Patient Care
- Supporting Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and Mental Illness
- Introduction to Tourism and Hospitality in B.C.
- British Columbia in a Global Context
- Physical Geology
- Ethics in Law Enforcement
- Introduction to Psychology, 1st Canadian Edition
For more information about open textbooks in B.C., please visit: https://open.bccampus.ca/
Lori WatsonGovernment Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Advanced Education