Moving to the next chapter on free online textbooks | BC Newsroom

Moving to the next chapter on free online textbooks | BC Newsroom.

– extracts from the article –

because open textbooks are digital and open, they can be modified and adapted by instructors to fit their unique instructional needs.

BCcampus, working with the Ministry of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology has identified the 40 most highly enrolled first- and second-year subject areas in the provincial post-secondary system.

The list contains 26 first-year subjects and 14 second-year subjects in 27 different disciplines across the arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, formal sciences and applied sciences. Some or all of these courses are delivered by almost all of B.C.’s public post-secondary institutions.

The open textbooks will be rolled out in three phases. In the first phase, existing open textbooks that link to the 40 high-enrolment courses will be reviewed for use in British Columbia. A Call for Proposals for reviews will be issued in April 2013. It is anticipated that 10 to 20 existing open textbooks will be adopted and available online for B.C. students and faculty by September 2013.

In the second phase, existing open textbooks will be adapted and remixed for use in British Columbia. And in the third phase, new open textbooks will be created as required for courses that cannot be served by existing or adapted open textbooks.
In order of course registrations per year, starting with the highest, the 40 courses are:

English – 1st year

Math and Stats – 1st year

Psychology – 1st year

Economics (macro and micro) – 1st year

Biology- 1st year

Math and Stats – 2nd year

Accounting – 1st year

Chemistry – 1st year

Physics and Astronomy – 1st year

Sociology – 1st year

Philosophy – 1st year

Computer Science – 1st year

Chemistry – 2nd year

Business, Business Administration and Management – 1st year

Psychology – 2nd year

Criminology – 1st year

Accounting – 2nd year

Economics (macro and micro) – 2nd year

Marketing – 1st year

Biology – 2nd year

Commerce – 2nd year

Anthropology – 1st year

Business Information Systems/Business Computer Systems/Business Information Technology – 1st year

Visual Arts, Media and Design – 1st year

Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science – 1st year

Kinetics/Kinesiology- 1st year

Communications – 1st year

English – 2nd year

Geography – 1st year

Human Resources and Organizational Behaviour – 2nd year

Applied Science – 1st year

French – 1st year

History – 1st year

Political Science – 1st year

Visual Arts, Media and Design – 2nd year

Communications – 2nd year

Sociology – 2nd year

Applied Science – 2nd year

Political Science – 2nd year

Human Resources and Organizational Behaviour – 1st year

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