Open textbooks are affordable, flexible alternatives to traditionally-published textbooks. An open textbook is free for you to use, re-use, modify, and adapt to fit your course requirements. They are an affordable, flexible alternative to traditionally-published textbooks because they are licensed openly, using Creative Commons licenses.
The goal of the Open Textbook Project is to provide flexible and affordable access to higher education resources in B.C. by making open textbooks available for use by B.C. faculty, and digital versions of the texts are free of charge to faculty and students. Printed copies are also available on demand for a low cost.
BCcampus offers openly-licensed textbooks at open.bccampus.ca. Most of them have been peer-reviewed, some are adaptations in development, and all are openly-licensed and available for use right now. There are three key ways to use an open textbook.
- adopt an open textbook for your course
- use parts of an open textbook (chapters, sections, pages) for your course
- change parts of an open textbook and use these for your course
Textbooks Are Available
Your instructional designer can show you how you can use, modify and distribute an open textbook, or part of an open textbook, for your course. Below are a few interesting titles from the BCcampus collection. More titles can be found at BCcampus OpenEd.