UBC course cited as good example of open education

By Heather McCabe posted on November 12th, 2015

CBC’s Gloria Macarenko spoke with Andrew Wilkinson, B.C.’s Minister of Advanced Education, about open textbooks and the provincial government’s role in expanding the B.C. Open Textbook Project. The project, which began in 2012, now has more than 120 open textbooks available to post-secondary students, which the government says translates to more than $1 million in savings for students.

“This is proving to be a great success, and it’s growing quite quickly,” Wilkinson said. He cited Physics 100 at UBC as a successful example of an open textbook adoption in the province.

“Another good example is a Physics 100 course at UBC,” Wilkinson said. “The total enrolment is 850 students. The standard textbook is a little over $100, so there’s another $90,000 savings for students right there.”

Please stay tuned as we’ll be covering more stories about open education in the coming months.