Manitoba Open Textbook Initiative
On September 11, 2015, Manitoba’s Minister of Education and Advanced Learning announced the Manitoba Open Textbook Initiative. The goal of the initiative is to make higher education more accessible by reducing students costs through the use of openly licensed textbooks in Manitoba. Campus Manitoba and BCcampus have partnered to build a website that allows students and faculty to browse, view, and download open textbooks for use in their courses. The textbooks in our catalogue have all been created, reviewed, or adapted by faculty at post-secondary institutions in British Columbia. We have published open textbook reviews by Manitoba faculty on this website. The Manitoba government has agreed to fund 25 faculty reviews of the textbooks in our collection, with support provided by Campus Manitoba and BCcampus. Our call for open textbook reviews is important to the goals of creating faculty engagement, assuring the quality of learning resources, and reducing costs for students.