Canadian fans of OpenStax’s hard-bound books no longer need to worry about international shipping and duty fees; OpenStax print textbooks are now for sale in Canada.
Post by Lauri Aesoph, Manager, Open Education [original date: Oct. 18, 2019] updated Jan. 14, 2020.
Thanks to a partnership between Vretta, a Toronto-based education technology company, and OpenStax, a Rice University-based nonprofit that publishes openly licensed college textbooks, print copies of OpenStax books will now officially be distributed in Canada. Canadian instructors and students who use OpenStax textbooks–and the bookstores that stock them–can now order these high-quality, full colour textbooks more easily, faster, and for less money through Vretta’s order form page. Prices (in Canadian dollars) are posted on the page, and bookstores – and others – that order 10 textbooks or more receive a 20% discount.
Two more options are now available for anyone in Canada wishing to buy a hard-back copy of an OpenStax open textbook. In addition to the Vretta order form page, these books are now available through Amazon Canada either by going directly to Amazon.ca (look for Vretta as the distributor) or by visiting individual OpenStax books posted in the B.C. Open Textbook Collection. These hard-cover books are available for 13 of the 33 OpenStax textbooks posted in the B.C. collection. Since October, faculty and post-secondary bookstores in British Columbia and across Canada have purchased 20% of Vretta’s initial OpenStax inventory. A refund policy has also been posted to the Vretta ordering page.
“Vretta is proud to deliver OpenStax hardcover textbooks across Canada. The initial response has been nothing short of great and it is very encouraging to know that there is a real demand for these resources. As demand continues to grow, we will strive to ensure that we meet the needs of students and institutions by continuing to restock our shelves with various titles.” says Shoeb Mozammel, Account Manager for Vretta.
BCcampus and Vretta continue to meet monthly to oversee this endeavour. Feedback and questions are welcome at email@example.com.
Deadline to apply: Oct. 15, 2019 at 9 a.m.
The TRU Library, the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT), and Open Learning are pleased to announce the fall intake for the Open Education Resource (OER) Development Grant.
Developed in part as a response to student needs as outlined in TRUSU’s Open Textbook Grants Program proposal and approved in April 2018, the OERDG program has been extended for 2019/2020 after awarding grants to eight recipients in 2018 and seven more in spring of 2019. Program funding, established by the Strategic Initiative Fund, continues into 2020/21.
Faculty interested in integrating OER into their TRU courses can apply for the OERDG before the deadline of Oct. 15 at 9 a.m.
Application criteria includes:
- Must be current limited-term, tenure-track, or tenured TRUFA or TRUOLFA members. Note, faculty members, individually or jointly, as well as course teams may submit grant proposals.
- Complete the application form in full.
- TRUFA members must secure letters of support from both their dean and department chair.
- TRUOLFA members must secure a letter of support from the Director of Curriculum Development and Delivery, Paul Martin.
Two grants are available for fall 2019. Each recipient may receive up to $6,500 to use for things such as a course release or to hire research assistants to adopt, adapt, create and/or integrate open textbooks and other OER as their primary course materials. An additional $500 may be available for travel costs required for the circulation and publication of their final OERs.
For more information, check out the Library’s OER grant page: https://libguides.tru.ca/oer/oergrant