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Open Educational Resources (OER): OER at Douglas College

Open Douglas

Listen to what Thor Borgford, our Vice President, Academic, and Provost, has to say about Open Educational Resources.​

Douglas College Adapted Textbooks

Douglas College OADM Open Resources

Open Educational Resources Incentive Grants

The Vice President Academic & Provost, in collaboration with the Douglas College Student Union (DSU), have established incentive grants, to encourage College faculty to adopt Open Educational Resources (OERs). 

Open Textbooks

Individuals, or teams teaching multi-section courses, that have adopted, adapted, or created an open textbook may apply for the incentive grant. Successful individual applicants are eligible to receive up to $500 towards the professional development activity of their choosing. Teams may receive up to $1500 towards a group event, project, or activity. 

Zero Cost/Low Cost Supplementary Resources 

Individuals, or teams teaching multi-sections courses, that have replaced commercial supplementary resources with zero cost or low cost supplementary resources may apply for the incentive grant. Successful individual applicants are eligible to receive up to $250 towards the professional development activity of their choosing. Zero cost/Low Cost materials may include library resources and digital coursepacks. Please see our Zero cost/Low Cost Terms of Reference​ for more details

Click here to see if you are qualified 


For more information or help finding OER, please contact Debra Flewelling, Open Education Librarian

Douglas Students Union (DSU)

Sam Schechter's path to OER

In August of 2022, Sam published Professional Writing Today: A Functional Approach as an OER textbook for first-year post-secondary students taking professional writing courses.

In January of 2023, he published Public Speaking for Today’s Audiences and, in April 2023, he published a third OER textbook, Public Relations: From Strategy to Action.

In August of 2023, Sam published Social Media & Reputation Management. He is also the editor of an OER collection of case studies: Public Relations Case Studies: Strategies & Actions.

Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC)

"Creating and providing open educational resources (OER) was the first step towards reducing the financial impact on students, and as a result of the substantial success of B.C. Open Education, the next logical progression was to go beyond open textbooks for individual courses and target programs that enable students to earn a credential such as a certificate program or associate degree with zero textbook costs."