Listed here are the groups and initiatives for educators of which eCampusOntario is aware. With the spread of awareness and uptake on open educational resources and open textbooks, there are likely more groups forming. There will be different ways to get involved and stay informed through connecting with the following initiatives.
Feel free to alert eCampusOntario when you hear of new initiatives happening around open textbooks by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
From its site: “Creative Commons helps you legally share your knowledge and creativity to build a more equitable, accessible, and innovative world — unlocking the full potential of the internet to drive a new era of development, growth, and productivity.” Education | OERs is a main program area of Creative Commons and it has many different ways to contribute depending on your level of commitment.
From its site: “The Rebus Foundation builds new models and technology for open book publishing and reading on the web, to encourage deeper engagement, and to enable people (and machines) to use and build on books and reading in new and meaningful ways.” It formed working teams of members interested in the different aspects of open book publishing.
The Rebus Community (basic, overarching community)
Rebus Community Press (for open textbook production)
From its site: “OER Commons is a dynamic digital library and network. Explore open education resources and join our network of educators dedicated to curriculum improvement.” Once you register with OER Commons, it facilitates your connection with other groups or “hubs” within its larger community.
Interested Librarians from across the province are in the beginning stages of forming their own working group on open textbooks. Stay tuned for more information here or connect with your institution’s Library to see if staff are participating in this working group.
If you are a Librarian interested in adding the open textbooks to your collection, the metadata is available and maintained by BCELN (British Columbia Electronic Library Network) . You can access the textbooks’ metadata here.