UPEI Open Textbooks Project

The Open Textbooks Project was started in October 2012 and is intended to raise awareness about alternatives to traditional textbooks and make textbooks chosen by UPEI faculty available to students. The Open Textbook Working Group is facilitating these efforts, with assistance from the Robertson Library. More information about the Open Textbook Working Group.

Want to use an open textbook? There are resources to help get you started.

Open Textbooks are Open Educational Resources (OER) 

Open textbooks are open educational resources (OER); they are instructional resources created and shared in ways so that more people have access to them. That’s a different model than traditionally-copyrighted materials. OER are defined as “teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others” (Hewlett Foundation).

Open Educational Resources are important to our campus community because they have the potential to:

  • reduce student costs;
  • ensure equitable access to learning resources;
  • give faculty more control over their instructional materials - they can reuse and adapt OERs to suit their own contexts;
  • students can also be producers of OERs;
  • get our campus talking about OERs and how they can transform education.

Known Open Textbooks Adoptions at UPEI 




Course

Professor

Open Textbook

Anthropology 1050

n/a

Perspectives: An Open Invitation to Cultural Anthropology

Biology 1210/1220/1230

Prof. Kevin Teather    

OpenStax - Anatomy and Physiology

Biology 3660

Prof. Christian Lacroix    

OpenStax - Anatomy and Physiology

Chemistry 1110/1120/3310

Prof. Jason Pearson

OpenStax - Chemistry

English 2550/3910 

n/a

Internet Shakespeare Editions

French 1010/1020

n/a

Open Textbook Library - Liberté

History 1010/1020 

n/a

BCCampus - Canadian History: Pre-Confederation

BCCampus - Canadian History: Post-Confederation

Math 3510

Prof. Gordon MacDonald

Introduction to Real Analysis

Psychology 1010A 

Prof. Philip Smith

Introductory Modules from OpenStax

Noba Project Textbook

Psychology 1010B 

Prof. Stacey MacKinnon

Noba Project Textbook

Psychology 1010C

Prof. Cheryl Wartman

Noba Project Textbook 

Psychology 2420 

Prof. Stacey MacKinnon

Introduction to Psychology: The Full Noba Collection

BCCampus - Principles of Social Psychology – 1st International Edition

Psychology 2510

Prof. Philip Smith

Noba - Introduction to Psychology I

Noba - Introduction to Psychology II

Research Methods in Psychology, 2nd Canadian Edition

UPEI 1020

Prof. Brittany Jakubiec

Open Textbook Network - College Success 

Veterinary Medicine  8020

n/a

A First Course in Design and Analysis of Experiments

 

For information about this initiative contact Donald Moses, Interim University Librarian (902-566-0460, dmoses@upei.ca)