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Open Educational Resources (OER)

KPU is Canada's leading institutional adopter of Open Textbooks and other Open Educational Resources (OER).

OER are any type of resources that have been designed for use in teaching and learning and that are: 1) freely available and 2) published with an open license that enable users to reuse, revise, remix, retain, and redistribute them (commonly referred to as the "5Rs").

Open textbooks are available to students free of cost in digital formats and at relatively low cost in print format. Many open textbooks are accompanied with ancillary resources such as question banks, slides, instructor manuals, and adaptive quizzing platforms. The development of open textbooks are funded by philanthropic organizations, governments, universities, and professional societies to ensure that faculty authors are compensated for their labour.

KPU offers OER grants to faculty and staff to support the creation, adaptation, and adoption of OER.

Faculty can locate high quality and peer-reviewed open textbooks from BCcampus, the Open Textbook Library, and the State University of New York's OASIS search tool

Research at KPU has shown that students assigned open textbooks perform the same as or better than those assigned expensive commercial textbooks.

Resources

Interested in finding, adopting, or even adapting open textbooks or other kinds of OER but unsure of where to begin? Email us at open@kpu.ca and we would be delighted to help.