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The TLTC’s Digital Learning Tip of the Week – Campus Manitoba Open Textbook Initiative

November 24, 2015

Campus Manitoba Open Textbook Initiative

This fall Manitoba’s Minister of Education and Advanced Learning announced the Manitoba Open Textbook Initiative. This initiative‘s goal is to make higher education more accessible by reducing students’ costs through the use of free open textbooks. In pursuit of this goal Campus Manitoba and BCcampus have partnered to build a website that allows students and faculty to browse, view, and download open textbooks for use in their courses.

Open textbooks use open licenses, which means that they are free for you to use, re-use, modify, and adapt to fit your course’s unique requirements. Students can use them for free and they can be adapted into any format that suits them. They are an affordable, flexible alternative to expensive traditional textbooks. Click here for a summary of open licenses.

Check out http://open.campusmanitoba.com for more information about the Open Textbook Initiative. You can review the open textbooks they have available at http://open.campusmanitoba.com/find-open-textbooks/

Here are some examples of what you can find. There are many more!

Adult Literacy

Accounting

Communication

Business Technology

Introductory Business Statistics

Marketing

Math

Hospitality

Cooking and Baking

Trades Common Core

Teaching in a Digital Age

Biology

Chemistry

Computer Science

Earth Sciences

Physics

Medical – General

Campus Manitoba is delivering a webinar about the Manitoba Open Textbook Initiative Dec. 3rd from 1:30-2:30.  Please view the Employee Development page for more information or to sign up.  https://hub.rrc.ca/EmployeeDevelopment/Default.aspx

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