Creating OER

Financial Support

BCIT offers Open Education Grants to develop open learning materials such as textbooks or ancillary resources (test banks, case studies, slide decks, videos etc.) These funds are commonly distributed as part-time studies contracts so are subjected to tax and benefits deductions. There is a rolling call for proposals over the summer/fall 2020.

BCIT Internal Funding Opportunities

BCcampus current calls for proposals

BCIT’s Open Education Publishing Program Pilot

BCIT Library is running an open education publishing program pilot over the next several months. If you have digital learning materials that are suitable for conversion to PressBooks and that you want to license openly, the library will do that conversion for you.
To find out more contact Lin Brander: 604 432-8922


BCIT’s preferred platform for Open textbooks is Pressbooks. Any post-secondary instructor in BC is eligible for a BCcampus 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. The Adaptation Guide is a practical guide to adapting or revising open textbooks using the PressBooks platform. 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. Use these license image files to indicate the license you have assigned to your work.

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.