Open Textbooks are textbooks that have been published with an open license and are therefore one type of Open Educational Resource (OER). Open textbooks are available to students free of cost in a variety of digital formats and at relatively low cost in print format (~$30 for a 500 page textbook). Many open textbooks are accompanied with ancillary resources such as question banks, slides, instructor manuals, and adaptive quizzing platforms. The development of open textbooks has been funded by philanthropic organizations, governments, universities, and professional societies.
Did you know that KPU is the leading institutional adopter of open textbooks in British Columbia? As of March 2017, our faculty have adopted open textbooks in 148 sections, with a total estimated savings to students of more than $400,000. What is more, research at KPU has shown that students assigned open textbooks perform the same as or better than those assigned expensive commercial textbooks.
Have you already adopted an open textbook? Please report your adoption to BCcampus by using this form: https://open.bccampus.ca/about-2/adoption-form/
Open Textbook Repositories
BCcampus (includes available Canadian editions)
Subject-specific Open Textbook Guides
Watch the following video to learn how to find a relevant open textbook and then distribute it to your students:
- KPU library guide for Open Textbooks
- BCcampus Open Textbook Adoption Guide
- BCcampus Open Textbook Adaptation Guide
- BCcampus Open Textbook Toolkit
Interested in finding, adopting, or even adapting open textbooks or other kinds of OER but unsure of where to begin? Email us at email@example.com and we would be delighted to help.