BC to offer free, open PSE textbooks

October 16, 2012

BC is set to become the first Canadian province to offer students free online, open textbooks for the 40 most popular PSE courses. The provincial government will work with PSE schools in implementing an open textbook policy in anticipation the material could be in use at BC institutions as early as 2013-14, supporting students taking a variety of courses in disciplines such as arts, business, humanities, and sciences. The open textbooks are expected to be produced with input from BC faculty, institutions, and publishers through an open Request for Proposal process coordinated by BCcampus. Educators will still have the option of using other teaching materials in developing curriculum and teaching classes. The initiative is the latest under BC's Families First Agenda. BC News Release