More open textbooks to be available

Work is underway to adapt more open textbooks for use by students and instructors in British Columbia

Work is underway to adapt more open textbooks for use by students and instructors in British Columbia with an open call for proposals to begin the second phase of the project.

“Open textbooks make education even more affordable,” said Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk. “As we keep our promise to bring open textbooks to B.C. classrooms, I would encourage instructors, professors and our post-secondary institutions to take advantage of this tremendous resource.”

The project will ultimately see 40 open textbooks available for students and instructors in highly enrolled first- and second-year subject areas. The first phase involved faculty reviews of 15 open textbooks, in subject areas ranging from math and chemistry to marketing, psychology, and business. Those 15 open textbooks and the reviews are now available free online for students and instructors.

One year ago, the B.C. government announced an intention to become the first province in Canada to offer students free online open textbooks for the 40 most popular post-secondary subjects.