Open Textbook Initiative FAQ

Q:  What is considered to be a high enrolment class?
A:  Any class with over 100 students (across multiple sections) is considered a high-enrolment class.


Q:  I want to adapt an OER that is licensed CC-BY-SA. Would this be an eligible project?
A:  Yes, adapting OERs that are licensed CC-BY-SA is permitted. eCampusOntario will allow these OERs to be re-licensed as CC-BY-SA, per the licensing terms.


Q:  Can I adapt multiple sections of two different openly licensed resources?
A:  Yes. In your application, please include all links from the resources you are using and explain what pieces you are drawing from each. You are free to adapt from any number of resources so long as each resource is openly licensed. Please refer to the Licence Compatibility Chart for more information on combining two or more Creative Commons licensed works.


Q:  How do I ensure my new or adapted open textbook can be revised by others?
  Following BCcampus's model, Pressbooks will be our standard public publishing format for Open Textbooks. There may be additional options announced as they emerge. We also ask that you provide your output in multiple, editable formats, upholding the “reuse, revise, remix” spirit of open educational resources (OER) and CC BY licensing. The following linked document from BCcampus describes some of the Open Textbook formats they recommend: Open Textbook Formats

In addition to Pressbooks, editable file formats for finished content as part of adaptation and new content creation projects may include (but are not limited to) the following types: 

  • .doc or .docx
  • .html
  • .mp4 files for video
  • .mp3 files for audio
  • .jpg or .png for images (images may also be embedded in .doc and .html)