Open Textbooks

Proposals for Ancillary Materials Development
BCcampus is accepting proposals for the development of materials in support of Open Textbooks. These could be question banks, slide sets, media, teacher guides or student manuals etc. Proposals acceptance is ongoing but projects must be completed within 2016. For more information:
BCcampus OpenEd - Ancillary Materials Development

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 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.


Writing in College: From Competence to Excellence

Writing for Success 1st Canadian Edition

Presentation Software

Sustainability: A Comprehensive Foundation

The NGO Handbook


Introductory Business Statistics with Interactive Spreadsheets - 1st Canadian Edition

Introductory Statistics: Saylor

Introductory Statistics: OpenStax (formerly Collaborative Statistics)


Project Management

Mastering Strategic Management-1st Canadian Edition

Human Resource Management

Building a Competitive First Nation Investment Climate

Introducing Marketing

Principles of Marketing

Introduction to Financial Accounting - Second Edition

Accounting Principles: A Business Perspective

Electronic Commerce: The Strategic Perspective

Information Systems for Business and Beyond


Teaching in a Digital Age

Tourism & Hospitality Management

Introduction to Tourism and Hospitality in BC

Human Resources in the Food Service and Hospitality Industry

Basic Kitchen and Food Service Management


Principles of Economics

Principles of Microeconomics: OpenStax

Principles of Microeconomics: Saylor

Principles of Macroeconomics

Macroeconomics: Theory through Applications


Communication Theory

Understanding Media and Culture

Media Studies 101