Date posted: June 23, 2015
You asked us: “I’d like to save my students some money. Are there any free textbooks available?”
Have you heard of open textbooks? An open textbook is a textbook licensed under an open copyright license, and made available online to be freely used by students, teachers and members of the public. The material can be used, copied, re-used, modified and adapted to meet learner needs. It’s flexible for educators and free for students.
BCcampus offers an ever expanding selection of open textbooks. And, for the adult literacy field, the six Adult Literacy Fundamental Mathematics books and instructor manual and the BC Reads Adult Literacy Fundamental English Coursepacks and Readers for levels 3 and 4 are now available.
The coursepacks and readers for the six levels of Adult Literacy Fundamental English are all new content to meet the outcomes set out in the Adult Basic Education: a guide to upgrading in British Columbia’s post-secondary institutions: an articulation Handbook 2014/2015 and they have a staggered release schedule.
These are all available free online and well worth reviewing if you don’t already use them. If print copies are what you prefer, there is the option to purchase economically priced black and white copies or colour textbooks.
Want to learn more about open textbooks? Read Open Textbook FAQs.