January 18, 2022

Journal Article: “Eight Patterns of Open Textbook Adoption in British Columbia”

The following article was recently published in The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning.


Eight Patterns of Open Textbook Adoption in British Columbia

ennifer Barker
Douglas College

Ken Jeffery
British Columbia Institute of Technology
Royal Roads University

Rajiv Sunil Jhangiani
Kwantlen Polytechnic University

George Veletsianos
Royal Roads University


The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning
Vol. 19, No. 3
doi: 10.19173/irrodl.v19i3.3723


The purpose of this qualitative study was to understand whether certain theoretical benefits that open educational resources (OER) might have on teacher practice were being realized by a group of secondary teachers using open science textbooks. In surveys and interviews, teachers were asked to describe their classroom practice before and after adopting an open textbook, including practices relating to openness. Teachers were also asked to rate the quality of open textbooks they were using in contrast to textbooks used previously. Most participants reported changes to practice, and the most commonly cited changes could be attributed to a combination of openness and online format. For example, participants described linking textbook content to other online resources. In comparisons of current to previous practice, however, teachers did not report increases in the open practices of collaboration, revising, or adapting.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.