Open Education

Open Education. Open Pedagogy. Open Textbooks. Open Education Resources. Open Research. Open Licensing. These are all about supporting learning.

JIBC is an advocate of open education. According to BCcampus Open Education refers to: “teaching, learning, and research resources that, through permissions granted by their creator, allow others to use, distribute, keep, or make changes to them.”

JIBC supports a wide range of open educational practices, including the creation, adaptation, and adoption of open textbooks, open educational resources (OER) as part of our Zero Textbook Cost initiative (ZTC) and other forms of open pedagogy.

Open at JIBC

Check out the JIBC Library’s LibGuide on Open Education Resources for more info about Open Education, including links to several Open Education Resource repositories.

The Open at JIBC page contains links to the many courses and program areas that already use OERs.

CTLI’s Start Up Toolkit for New Academic Term is a presentation about various Open Education Resources you can utilize in your courses right now!

In 2019, we were awarded an Open Education Sustainability Grant by BCCampus. Since then we have begun a number of initiatives relating to Open Education Resources, Open Textbook development, and pro-d events involving Open Education ideas. For example,

  • Teaching and learning conference in November 2019
  • Ongoing development of Open Education Textbook support for Criminology, in partnership with Kwantlen Polytechnic Institute.
  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL) workshops and open textbook development.
  • Open Textbook Discussion Panel during Open Education Week 2021.

Read about our experience in this article from BCCampus in 2021.

More Resources


Have a listen to this Open Education podcast! Hosted by Dave Smulders, our guest Greg Keenan, Program Director, Academic Programs in the School of Criminal Justice & Security discuss open education efforts in the Law Enforcement Studies Diploma program.

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Darcye Lovsin, JIBC’s Librarian, discusses open pedagogy and how it works in practice.

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Watch Lynn Truong introduces Open Educational Resources to you in the following video!

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Mel and Krista from CTLI share a bit about what they’ve been up to over the past 2.5 years on their secondments to BCcampus.

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JIBC Students’ Union launched a student survey on Open Educational Resources among its members in February 2022. If you would like to learn more about the results read it here.

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Shares her findings on Open Ed research at JIBC.

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Encourages us to expand our ways of thinking about teaching, learning, and research.

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Open Education Working Group @JIBC

Are you a member of the JIBC community, and you want to be part of our Open Education Working Group? Contact Dave Smulders (dsmulders@jibc.ca) from CTLI to learn more about how to get involved.