Publishers with questionable practices
prey on academics
Des éditeurs aux pratiques douteuses
harcèlent les universitaires
Top 40 Courses
BC Public Post Secondary System 40 most highly enrolled first and second year subject areas
Open Textbook Project
Open Textbooks Phase 1 Call
Top 40 Courses
Open Texbooks 101
1. Year 1 English
2. Year 1 Math & Stats
3. Year 1 Psychology
4. Year 1 Economics (Micro and Macro)
5. Year 1 Biology
6. Year 2 Math & Stats
7. Year 1 Accounting
8. Year 1 Chemistry
9. Year 1 Physics and Astronomy
10. Year 1 Sociology
11. Year 1 Philosophy
12. Year 1 Computer Science
13. Year 2 Chemistry
14. Year 1 Business, Business Admin & Management
15. Year 2 Psychology
B.C. makes free online textbooks
available for some first- and second-
A government agency is recruiting faculty to review and eventually to write texts for the most
postsecondary students in British Columbia
may get a bit of a break when it comes time to buy
their textbooks this fall. In the first move of its
kind in Canada, the B.C. government said it will
make available up to 20 free and open online textbooks for some of the most popular first- and
second-year university and college courses.
There’s no guarantee that faculty will choose
to assign the new textbooks, but proponents of
the project are hoping that rigorous quality control measures and a little nudging from students
will win them over. The textbooks also will be
available to institutions, faculty and students
across Canada to use at no charge.
The B.C. Ministry of Advanced Education,
Innovation and Technology launched the initiative in 2012, promising to offer students open
textbooks in 40 of the most popular subject areas.
It has committed $1 million to fund the venture.
BCcampus, the provincial agency overseeing the
project, is rolling it out in phases. It recently
released a list of the 40 most highly enrolled first-and second-year subject areas (www.bccampus.
ca/top-40-courses/) for which it is sourcing textbooks. It also identified 10 existing open textbooks ( open.bccampus.ca/find-open-textbooks/),
which are mainly first-year introductory texts.
The agency issued a call for proposals to faculty
members and teaching assistants to peer review
the books, and it is making available an evaluation rubric to use for the reviews.