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Invitation to Contributing Authors

We invite you to take part as a contributing author in business related ancillary resource creation as part of the Business Open at Scale project, which is slated for an August 2019 release by eCampusOntario.

Open at Scale is a targeted, discipline specific approach to open educational resource (OER) development.

These ancillary resources will be designed using a sprint approach, and development will be undertaken from mid-May through June 2019.

Please visit the Business Fundamentals / Intro to Business Sprint and Business Communication / Professional Writing Sprint pages for more information regarding the sprints.

Under the Business Fundamentals / Intro to Business Sprint and Business Communication / Professional Writing Sprint pages, you will also find further instructions on how to get involved along with the eligibility and participation requirements.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, comment and/or concerns.

Kindly,

Brandon Carson
Program Manager, Business OER
eCampusOntario

bcarson@ecampusontario.ca 

OER Adoption Opportunities

As a part of the Open at Scale – Business OER project, we are looking for faculty interested in adopting the following Open Educational Resources into their courses for the Fall 2019 semester: With the spring course preparation period approaching for the Fall 2019 semester, this is the perfect time to get engaged in this project! eCampusOntario is here to help.

Where did these open textbooks come from?

In March 2018, seven business faculty from three different colleges – Conestoga, Fanshawe, and Lambton – worked together with eCampusOntario Program Managers to adapt and Canadianize existing textbooks in business fundamentals and business communications. These textbooks have now been successfully adopted by Business faculty across Ontario, BC, and beyond.

Why participate?

With textbooks costs increasing by 129% over the past 15 years (nearly 4 times inflation) and an Ontario business program textbook and supply cost for first-year students being $1,118.58 in 2018/2019, it is now a more important time than ever to support students with free, high-quality open resources. Over the next two years, the Open at Scale – Business OER project is working towards saving Ontario students $3 million dollars.

How do I get involved?

If you teach in these areas and would like to learn how to adopt these open textbooks, please express your interest through completing a short form. Please complete the expression of interest form by Friday, May 3, 2019.

How will eCampusOntario help?

eCampusOntario will support faculty throughout the adoption process by addressing best practices and strategies for switching from a paid textbook to an open textbook. We will also have ancillary resources available for these Open Textbooks by August 1, 2019. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Please check back regularly to view additional opportunities to be involved in the Open at Scale – Business OER project.
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