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.
Research at KPU has shown that students assigned open textbooks perform the same as or better than those assigned expensive commercial textbooks.
- BCcampus Faculty OER Toolkit
- FAQs about OER
- Guide to creating or adapting OER using the Pressbooks platform
Interested in finding, adopting, or even adapting open textbooks or other kinds of OER but unsure of where to begin? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we would be delighted to help.