CampusOntario Announces Open Textbook Library for Ontario Post Secondary Education
Anyone who has been to college or university remembers the financial burden of buying expensive textbooks. Studies have shown that the cost of books can be one of the primary barriers to higher education. The Open Education Resources (OER) movement is playing a central role in the solution, providing outstanding resources at a much lower cost.
In partnership with BCcampus, and in the footsteps of other provincial online learning centres like Campus Manitoba, eCampusOntario has announced the launch of a new virtual Open Textbook Library established to offer students a repository of resources which are licensed to be freely used, adapted, and distributed. With 180-texts available when fully online, these books have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality and can be downloaded for no cost, or printed at low cost.
Working in partnership with BCcampus
BCcampus, eCampusOntario’s counterpart in British Columbia, has been a pioneer in the open educational resources arena since 2003. Together the two organizations are also developing systems and processes designed to support Ontario’s post-secondary faculty in the review and adoption of open textbooks.
“One of the things that we’re trying to do is broaden the impact of open from 5% to a higher adoption rate and the key is to work directly with faculty and post-secondary institutions,” said David Porter, CEO, eCampusOntaio. We also need to collaborate more broadly to better communicate and share the benefits of open education across Canada’s post-secondary sector.”
eCampusOntario is a not-for-profit organization whose membership is composed of all publicly-funded colleges and universities in Ontario.
Our mandate is to promote access, collaboration and innovation in online and technology-enabled learning to enhance the student experience, support faculty development and extend Ontario’s global reputation as a leader in teaching and learning through technology.
Funding for eCampusOntario comes from the Government of Ontario