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Biology Department Adapts First Open Textbook for Fall 2019

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Dr. Jennifer Barker, Biology instructor at Douglas College, is excited. She’s got a BIG announcement to make about the use of open textbooks in the BC college market. Are you ready? According to Barker, in the Fall 2019 semester Douglas… Continue Reading →

Open Textbooks in Use at Douglas College for Summer 2019

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The following courses are using open textbooks and/or open educational resources for the Summer term at Douglas College: ANTH 1100, section 004 taught by Michelle Walks BIOL 2401, sections 001, 002, 003, and 004 taught by Shelley Weisser BIOL 2401,… Continue Reading →

Jennifer Kirkey: Winner of BCcampus’ Award for Excellence in Open Education

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Jennifer Kirkey–physics guru, astronomer, and OER champion and advocate–is now being formally recognized for her work in open education. Announced on April 30, 2019, Jennifer is the newest winner of the Award for Excellence in Open Education from BCcampus! A… Continue Reading →

OER Incentive Grant winners for Winter 2019

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A big congratulations to our Winter 2019 Douglas College Incentive Grant winners: Karine Hamm, Biology, Science & Technology Todd Harper, Biology, Science & Technology Sally Mennill, History, Humanities & Social Sciences Wesley Snider, Mathematics, Humanities & Social Sciences Marni Westerman,… Continue Reading →

OER Incentive Grant winners–Fall 2018

Congratulations to Douglas College’s OER Incentive Grant winners for Fall 2018, spanning three of our faculties: Bruce Kadonoff, Mathematics, Science & Technology Kevin Staley, Terry Gideon, and Jeff McManus, Math Upgrading Team, Science & Technology Paul O’Connor, Chemistry, Science &… Continue Reading →

Student advocates investing big in open textbooks

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The BC Federation of Students (BCFS) has made a substantial contribution ($30,000!) to BCcampus’ Open Education fund to create open educational resources (OER), including textbooks and ancillary resources. Read all about here (reposted from BCcampus)…

Students care about more than just the cost of textbooks

Contributed by Tanysha Klassen When you bring up the issue of textbooks with students, you’re usually met with wave upon wave of “they’re so expensive,” “it’s a waste of money,” and so on. And, I’m sure you think that we… Continue Reading →

#TextbookBrokeBC 2018

Reposted courtesy of BCcampus. “If your first thought when looking at a syllabus for a course is “can I afford to buy the textbook?,” you might be among the 54% of students in B.C. who chose not to purchase a required textbook… Continue Reading →

Why I started down the Open Textbook path

Contributed by Jennifer Kirkey, Douglas College Open textbooks became a cause of mine as I found more and more of my students could not afford the “required” textbook. To illustrate this point, consider this picture I took at the start of the… Continue Reading →

Researchers describe patterns of open textbook adoption in BC

Contributed by Jennifer Barker, Douglas College In a recently-published article, a team of researchers including Douglas’ own Dr. Jennifer Barker, discusses the adoption of open textbooks by post-secondary instructors across British Columbia. The authors identify and describe eight general patterns… Continue Reading →

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