Camosun trades students use free open textbooks in class
Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson visited plumbing and pipe trades students at Camosun College this week to see the benefit of open textbooks in action.
The visit also celebrated the first anniversary of common-core-trades open textbooks, which offer resources for skills relevant to many trades.
In British Columbia, more than 160 open textbooks are currently available online for free through the Open Textbook Project, ranging from the most popular first- and second-year areas such as math and business, to skills and technical subjects such as trades foundation courses and adult upgrading.
More than 190 faculty members at 24 public post-secondary institutions in BC are currently participating in the project.