Eight Patterns of Open Textbook Adoption in British Columbia

  • Jennifer Barker Douglas College
  • Ken Jeffery British Columbia Institute of Technology & Royal Roads University
  • Rajiv Sunil Jhangiani Kwantlen Polytechnic University http://orcid.org/0000-0002-2357-4782
  • George Veletsianos Royal Roads University
Keywords: open educational resources, open textbooks, higher education, British Columbia, Canada

Abstract

Since the launch of the BC Open Textbook Project in 2012, the adoption of open textbooks has steadily grown within public post-secondary institutions in British Columbia, Canada. An analysis of adoption records over a five-year period reveals that open textbooks have been adopted across all types of institutions, including research universities, teaching universities, colleges, and institutes, and across a diverse set of disciplines, with the largest numbers in the sciences and social sciences. In this report we identify, describe, and illustrate eight distinct patterns of open textbook adoption. These are: stealth adoption, adoption by infection, committee adoption, sanctioned exceptional adoption, course developer adoption, infection by inter-institutional carrier, creation and adoption, and lone adoption. While these patterns are not intended to be exhaustive, we hope that identifying these patterns provides a useful framework for campus leaders to (a) understand how adoptions occur in their own contexts, (b) identify ways to support further adoptions, (c) recognize that there are multiple ways, and no single path, to supporting the adoption of educational innovations at their institutions, and (d) foster the embrace of wider open educational practices.

Published
2018-07-11
How to Cite
Barker, J., Jeffery, K., Jhangiani, R. S., & Veletsianos, G. (2018). Eight Patterns of Open Textbook Adoption in British Columbia. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 19(3). https://doi.org/10.19173/irrodl.v19i3.3723
Section
Research Notes