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Open Textbooks: New Models in Textbook Production

Open textbooks are innovating and disrupting the traditional model of textbook publication. In celebrating Open Access Week, SFU Library was delighted to bring together a range of perspectives on open textbooks. Students spend roughly $1,000 per year on textbooks, and are increasingly advocating for freely available textbooks. In this province, BCcampus has been overseeing the Open Textbook Project, which involves creating 40 open textbooks in a variety of disciplines, and many faculty members have started to adopt or adapt open textbooks for their courses. Thank you for joining us for an interactive session featuring three speakers actively engaged in the production, adoption, and use of open textbooks.


Thu, 23 Oct 2014 1:00 PM


Room 1600
SFU's Vancouver Campus (Harbour Cntre)
515 W Hastings

Introductory remarks by Gwen Bird, Dean of Libraries, Simon Fraser University.

Gwen Bird was appointed Dean of Libraries at Simon Fraser University as of October 1, 2014.  From 2011 to 2014 she was Executive Director of the Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries, coordinating collaborative projects between university libraries in western Canada.  From 1999 - 2011 she held various roles at the SFU Library.  During this time she led formation of SFU's Central Open Access Fund, as well as the library's Scholarly Digitization Fund which facilitates open access to scholarly resources from the university.


Mary Burgess has been Director, Open Education at BCcampus since 2012. In addition to leading the BC Open Textbook Project, Burgess leads other Open Educational Resource initiatives as well as the development and delivery of faculty professional learning and communities of practice. Previously, Burgess was the Director of the Centre for Teaching and Educational Technologies at Royal Roads University.

Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani teaches psychology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University where he conducts research in political psychology, social cognition, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. He is an advocate for open textbook adoption and has revised two open textbooks, for Research Methods in Psychology and Social Psychology. He is the Director of the Social & Political Cognition Lab at Kwantlen, the Director of Research, Resources, and Special Initiatives with the Society for the Teaching of Psychology’s (STP) Early Career Psychologists Committee, and a member of STP’s Presidential Task Force on Undergraduate Skills Assessment. You can find him online at or @thatpsychprof

Chardaye Bueckert is President of the Simon Fraser Student Society(SFSS) and an SFU political science undergraduate student. She has been engaged in the movement toward open source resources for over a year in her capacity as President as well as in her former role as SFSS External Relations Officer. She is passionate about the opportunities that open source educational resources present to reduce the cost of post-secondary education for students'.


Lisa O'Neill has worked in the fields of technology, education, and media within post secondary and corporate environments for 20+ years. During that time she has designed, developed, and administered face to face and virtual learning environments that focus on differentiating instruction and improving performance. As Manager of SFU's Educational Media team she supports the development and effective use of media within SFU learner activity and assessment. As a media ecology researcher she studies the informal use of media by higher education learners to map essential conditions to embed media in their formal experiences.


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