The B.C. Ministry of Advanced Education has announced the second phase of the B.C. Open Textbook Initiative with a call for proposals to adapt, localize or extend an existing open textbook. Adaptations can take many forms, including but not limited to, extending an existing open textbook by creating accompanying instructional resources such as presentation files and test questions, localizing an existing open textbook so that the examples used within it are appropriate for a Canadian context, or bringing together a number of existing open educational resources to create a single text. The deadline for submission is ongoing.
BCcampus recently announced that it has chosen Simon Fraser University Document Solutions as the print-on-demand provider for the B.C. Open Textbook project. The B.C. Open Textbook project will provide flexible and affordable access to higher education resources in British Columbia by making available 40 openly-licensed textbooks. Digital versions of the texts will be free of charge to students; however, many students still prefer printed copies of their textbooks and BCcampus determined that it was important to provide print copies to students on demand for a low cost.