Reviewers Frequently Asked Questions
What is the call for open textbook reviewers?
eCampusOntario is recruiting educators from Ontario’s post-secondary institutions to review openly licensed textbooks that are available in our collection. It is also encouraging voluntary adoptions by making BCcampus’s curated collection available on this website.
What is the purpose of educator reviews?
Educators’ reviews serve many purposes, including:
- assessing the quality of open textbooks so other educators, learners (and the public) can rely on them as educational resources;
- raising educators’ and learners’ awareness of existing open textbooks and their benefits;
- helping educators and learners find open textbooks through credible repositories;
- creating educator engagement with open educational resources;
- getting feedback from educators and learners on how to expand the role of open educational resources in curriculum development.
All educators at Ontario’s post-secondary institutions are welcome to apply to review an open textbook.
How much are educators paid for reviewing an open textbook?
Educators, whose applications are approved, receive a $250 payment upon submission of the review on or before the deadline.
What will happen with the reviews once they are submitted?
Each review will be made public alongside the textbook in the eCampusOntario, OpenEd Manitoba, and BCcampus collections. They will be published under a CC-BY-ND license. You can find an example of how published reviews look by going to a faculty-reviewed textbook in the collection.
How much time will I have to complete the review?
Educators, who are approved to review an open textbook, will have 3 months to submit their reviews.
What are the criteria for completing a review?
Find the criteria for educator reviews here. Participating educators will be notified by eCampusOntario about the status of their applications.
I want to review a textbook. What do I do?
First, educators search the collection for a suitable textbook within their subject area. Educators read through the review process and its criteria and then complete an application form. Educators will hear from eCampusOntario once a staff member receives and reviews the application.
Is there a deadline for the applications to review an open textbook?
Currently the review process will remain open to applications until we meet our goal of 25 reviews.
Who creates the open textbooks that are on this website?
Our collection showcases textbooks from the BC Open Textbook Collection. The textbooks are created (or, in some cases, recreated from existing open educational resources) by BC post-secondary educators, reviewed by BC educators, and published online under a Creative Commons license. In the upcoming months, eCampusOntario will feature reviewed and adopted textbooks by Ontario educators as well.
Are educators at Ontario’s post-secondary institutions going to be forced to use the open textbooks?
No. The intent of this initiative is to generate interest in open textbooks and encourage educators to read and review the texts. eCampusOntario also hopes that educators who participate in the initiative will consider adopting a textbook should it meet their pedagogical needs and standards for quality, but educators will have final say in what textbook to use in their courses. eCampusOntario understands and respects academic freedom.