Creating OER

Financial Support

BCIT offers annual small (up to $5000) Open Education Grants to develop open ancillary resources (test banks, case studies, slide decks, etc.) or to redesign courses to incorporate open educational practices and open course materials. These funds are distributed as part-time studies contracts so are subjected to tax and benefits deductions.
Open Education Grant application form

BCIT Instructional Enhancement grants

BCcampus current calls for proposals

Tools:

BCIT’s preferred platform for Open textbooks is Pressbooks. Any post-secondary instructor in BC is eligible for a free account with Pressbooks (and you will need an account to be able to use, modify and create content). BCcampus has put together a comprehensive guide to working with Pressbooks in B.C Open Textbook Pressbooks Guide – everything from how to create an account, to how to import word and image content, and how to edit within the platform. Each section is set up as an independent video with transcript. BCcampus also offers additional Pressbooks support such as training webinars. And, you can visit the BCcampus YouTube PressBooks playlist.

BCcampus Open Education Self-Publishing Guide is a practical reference for writing and publishing an open textbook. BC Open Textbook Accessibility Toolkit provides the resources needed to create an open and accessible textbook.

Copyright, Licensing and Intellectual Property, and the 5Rs:

Creators of open educational resources retain the copyright for their work. While their intellectual property is protected, the authors have chosen to release their work using an open license which gives non-exclusive, worldwide, indefinite permissions for others to use the work without contacting the author. Creative Commons is the organization that has created the licenses, and legal way, for you to do this.

From the BC Campus website: Dr. David Wiley, of Lumen Learning, developed a simple way to explain and remember the permissions granted by an open or Creative Commons license. He calls this the 5Rs framework. The BC Open Textbook Project uses this framework as a guideline when adding new materials and improving existing resources in their Open Textbook Collection. The 5Rs say that users have the right, with openly licensed works, to do the following.

  1. Retain – That is, no digital rights management (DRM) restrictions, the content is yours to keep, whether you’re the author, instructor, or student.
  2. Reuse – You are free to use materials in a wide variety of ways without expressly asking permission of the copyright holder.
  3. Revise – As an educator, you can adapt, adjust, or modify the content to suit your specific purposes and make the materials more relevant to your students. This means making open textbooks and other OER available in a variety of different formats, including source files, when possible.
  4. Remix – You or your students can pull together a number of different open educational resources to create something new.
  5. Redistribute – You are free to share with others so that they can reuse, remix, improve upon, correct, review, or otherwise enjoy your work.

A definition of Open textbooks and CC licensing with short videos.