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NameTitleContact Information
Melanie MeyersProject Manager

Advisory Group Members


NameTitle/InstitutionContact Information
Jennifer KirkeyDepartment of Physics & Astronomy, Douglas
Jackie Stewart

Deputy Academic Director CTLT and
Senior Instructor, Department of Chemistry, UBC

Lin BranderLibrarian, Electronics & Computer Systems;Open Education, BCIT

Taco NietAssistant Professor of Professional Practice, School of Sustainable Energy Engineering, SFU

Gaitri YapaLecturer, Dept. of Statistics and Actuarial Science, SFU

Steve EarleFaculty, Geology, Open Learning, TRU

Jonathan VerrettInstructor, Faculty of Applied Sciences | Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, UBC


NameTitle/InstitutionContact Information
Vicky RoyAssociate Dean, Business, BCIT

Florence DaddeyInstructor, Business Administration, Douglas College & Law Enforcement Studies Diploma JIBC

Bruce BennettInstructor, School of University Studies and Careet Access, CNC

Anita SanghaInstructor, School of Business, KPU

Brenda SmithOpen Education Librarian, TRU

Lisa KanaryInstructor/Coordinator, School of Business & Leadership, Yukon College

Andrea NiosiInstructor, Faculty of Business, Marketing, KPU

Project Charter



Project Manager

Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills, and Training and BCcampus

Partners include advisory group, working group, articulation committees, in addition to project sponsors

eCampus Ontario have begun a similar process and it is our intention to collaborate with ON to co-develop resources in alignment with BC standards

Governance groups to be determined that provide sector representation.

In scope:

Develop entire suite of freely available resources including textbooks, test banks, homework assignments and other ancillary resources to replace costly commercial educational resources in Business and STEM education programs.

Out of scope:

Multiple phases to development to address all identified needs.

Eliminate textbook and learning resource costs throughout entire programs of study in Business and STEM.

Reduce education costs, increase student access, and incentivize students to pursue programs that meet provincial labour market and human resource needs

Impact more than 100,000 students
    • Hire Project manager

    • Conduct environmental OER scan
    • Form Advisory Committees

    • Determine which subject areas to focus on for ZTC development

    • Calls for proposals (multiple, in stages): 6 months - October 2019, 12 months – April 2020, 18 months – December 2020

    • Develop curriculum/OER Resources

    • Digital publishing tasks

The target audience for the ZTC curriculum development is faculty and staff.

Target audience includes approximately 100,000 students in related programs.

4. Risks and Planning8. Requirements7.Budget
  • Key risks include limited sector engagement with timelines
  • In addition, requirements exceed the scope and budget of the project
  • Another identified risk is limited advisory and working group engagement and collaborative development processes
  • The development of OER and ZTC programs in related subjects will eliminate textbook and learning resource costs throughout entire programs.
  • All material created for this project will have a Creative Commons licenses.
  • All material created for this project will be openly shared for other jurisdictions, institutions, faculty and students to use.

Overall budget is $400,000 including all administrative fees and staffing costs.

See budget details below.

High Level Project Budget

See Chart of Accounts for Budget allocation

Updated Budget April 8, 2020- Business

Updated Budget April 8, 2020- STEM

Budget ItemExpense
Salaries and Benefits: Project Management169,971
Contract Services: Curriculum Writers, Editors, SME, Grants163,608
Travel, Meetings, Events, Promotion24,000
Telecom, Office Supplies2,420
Project Fees: 10% Admin Cost40,000



First Quarter

June-August 2019

  • Develop project charter
  • Hire Project manager
Please add key dates and items that are relevant for an announceable

Second Quarter

September-November 2019

  • Research and define scope for STEM/STEAM
  • Develop project plan
  • Develop communication strategy
  • Contact Articulation Committee Chairs
  • Complete needs analysis and OER environmental scan on existing resources in STEM
  • Review and add to environmental scan for Business (eCampus Ont.)
  • Identify areas of focus for STEM
  • Identify areas of focus for Business
  • Meet key contacts in STEM (First Nations Tech Council, UBC STEM education, Deans, etc)
  • Meet key contacts in Business (Deans, Lyryx, eCampus, etc)
  • Form Advisory Committees
  • Hold 1st Advisory Committee meetings
  • OpenED 2019 - identify contacts
  • Liaise with PM for Homework Systems to co-ordinate proposals (STEM)
  • First call for proposals - Business
  • AutoCAD Open Textbook direct award (VCC)


Third Quarter

December 2019-February 2020

  • First set of Proposal Awards - Business
  • First call for proposals - STEM
  • Begin curriculum development/digital publishing
Grant awards for Marketing OER - Feb 14

Fourth Quarter

March - May 2020

  • Hold 2nd Advisory Committee meetings
  • Second call for proposals
  • Attend articulation committee meetings
  • Monitor curriculum development already underway
  • Presentation on ZTC at Festival of Learning

Business OER added to the collection (April 2019-March 2020)

  1. Digital Accessibility as a Business Practice (April 1, 2019)
  2. Principles of Management (OpenStax) (June 25, 2019)
  3. Organizational Behavior (OpenStax) (July 11, 2019)
  4. Entrepreneurship and Innovation Toolkit (January 7, 2020)

Business Grants distributed

OERInstitutionCreatorFunding AmountContract
Consumer BehaviourKPUAndrea Niosi$12,666KPU Contract
Digital MarketingLangaraRochelle Grayson$15,000Langara Contract
Marketing Plan DevelopmentBCITMike Walmsley$15000Contract - cancelled
Principles of MarketingOkanagan CollegeMike Orwick$5000Contract
Tourism and Hospitality in BC - 2nd EditionSelkirk College and othersWendy Anderson$8000
Business Statistics (adaptation)Yukon UniversityLisa Kanary$9000
ZTC Business AdministrationDouglas CollegeFlorence Daddey$33,500
Consumer Behaviour AncillariesKPUAdnrea Niosi$5000

STEM OER added to the collection (April 2019-March 2020)

  1. Sets, Logic, Computation: An Open Logic Text (April 1, 2019)
  2. Web Accessibility for Developers (April 1, 2019)
  3. Intermediate Algebra (OpenStax) (May 17, 2019)
  4. Introduction to Psychology (University of Saskatchewan) (July 17, 2019)
  5. Chemistry - 2e (OpenStax) (August 20, 2019)
  6. Chemistry: Atoms First - 2e (OpenStax) (August 20, 2019)
  7. Elementary Algebra (OpenStax) (August 20, 2019)
  8. forall x: An Introduction to Formal Logic - Fall 2019 Edition (Calgary) (Sept 4, 2019)
  9. College Mathematics for Everyday Life - Second Edition (September 5, 2019)
  10. Delfts Foundations of Computation (February 4, 2020
  11. Physical Geology - 2nd Edition (September 23, 2019)
  12. Intermediate Algebra and Trigonometry (November 25, 2019)
  13. Intermediate General and Applied Science Course (January 2, 2020)
  14. Understanding Document Accessibility (January 20, 2020)
  15. Introduction to Oceanography (January 21, 2020)
  16. Creating Online Learning Experiences (January 13, 2020)

STEM Grants Distributed

OERInstitutionCreatorFunding AmountContract

EOI: Identifying and Reviewing OER for 1st Year Engineering

VIUBrian Dick with Articulation Committee

$1500 for EOI

$500 for each review

Physics: Statics and Dynamics (WeBWork problems)UBC & Douglas CollegeAgnes d'Entremont & Jennifer Kirkey

Geography Lab ManualUBC-OStuart McKinnon

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