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Open Educational Resources (OER)

Did you know that KPU is the leading institutional adopter of Open Textbooks and other Open Educational Resources (OER) in British Columbia?

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 and adaptation of OER.

Faculty can locate high quality and peer-reviewed open textbooks from BCcampus, the Open Textbook Library, and other repositories listed on the KPU library guide for Open Textbooks

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


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