What is Open Education?
Open education is a philosophy about how people should produce, share, and build knowledge. At KPU, we believe everyone should have access to high-quality educational experiences and resources, and we're working to eliminate barriers to these goals.
KPU is a leading adopter of open educational resources (OER) and home to Canada’s first Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) programs. KPU offers over 800 ZTC courses and eight ZTC credentials, including the Bachelor of Arts in General Studies and Bachelor of Interior Design.
What are Open Educational Resources?
Open Educational Resources (OER) are any resources, including open textbooks, designed for use in teaching and learning. OER must be freely available and published with an open license. This allows users to reuse, revise, remix, retain and redistribute them.
What are Open Textbooks?
Open textbooks are course materials available to students free of cost in digital formats and at relatively low cost in print format. Open textbooks can include additional resources, such as question banks, slides, instructor manuals and adaptive quizzing platforms.
KPU is the leading institutional adopter of open textbooks in British Columbia. Visit the KPU Library to find open textbooks and other open education resources.
Zero Textbook Cost
KPU offers Canada’s first Zero Textbook Cost programs. Thanks to the use of open educational resources and/or library materials you can now complete a program and earn a credential without spending money on expensive textbooks. In fact, the ZTC initiative has saved students over $5 million in 3 years.
KPU's Zero Textbook Cost programs includes full credentials, both certificates and full degrees:
- The Bachelor of Interior Design, a four-year university degree based on the completion of 128 credits of coursework (approximately 40 courses)
- The Bachelor of Arts Degree in General Studies, a four-year university degree based on the completion of 120 credits of coursework (approximately 40 courses)
- The Associate of Arts Degree in General Studies, a credential based on the completion of 60 credits of coursework (approximately 20 courses).
- The Associate of Arts Degree in Sociology, a credential that allows students to enter the Bachelor of Arts Major or Bachelor of Arts Minor in Sociology degree program with relative ease.
- The Diploma in General Studies, an exit credential designed as a more flexible alternative to the Associate or Bachelor degrees.
- The Certificate in Arts, a flexible yet foundational program based on the completion of 30 credits of coursework (approximately 10 courses)
- The Certificate in Foundations in Design, a one-year full-time program offered by the Wilson School of Design.
- The Adult Graduation Diploma, equivalent to the BC grade 12 graduation diploma, with Academic & Career Preparation courses that help you prepare for university studies, career pathways, and trades entry by upgrading English, math, and science skills
The Open Education Team
Rajiv Jhangiani, Ph.D.
Associate Vice Provost, Open Education
Open Education Strategist
Teaching Fellow, Open Education & Instructor, Applied Communications