BC Open Textbook Summit 2017 has ended

BCcampus is pleased to, once again, host the Open Textbook Summit. This year’s event will take place May 24-25 at SFU Harbour Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada).

The Open Textbook Summit brings together leaders in the Open Textbook field, from faculty who are reviewing, adopting and developing Open Textbooks, to student advocates, librarians, institutional administrators, government officials, and policy staff. Together, we look at what other institutions are doing to move the Open Textbook agenda forward, share experiences about what has worked well and what could be improved, and look ahead to explore how open pedagogy can influence Open Textbook development to enhance teaching and learning.

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Mostafa Azad Kamal

Bangladesh Open University/CC Bangladesh
Dean, School of Business
I am a Professor in International and Development Economics. I am currently working as the Dean of the School of Business at Bangladesh Open University. My core area of work is International and Development Economics. I also work as an instructional designer in ODL, Elearning and OER. I am a member of the International Academic Board for Commonwealth Executive MBA and MPA programs at Commonwealth of Learning, Vancouver, Canada since 2012. I am also a part-time consultant of Commonwealth of Learning for TEL, ODL, OER and Gender mainstreaming. In terms of my engagement in Open Movement, I am maintaining few important portfolios. I am the Country Representative from Creative Commons Bangladesh Chapter to CC Global Network Council. I am the elected member of the CC Membership Committee. I am also one of the IOL fellows with Creative Commons. Locally, I am very much much visible for promoting open movement especially open education at institutional as well as national levels. I am the President of the Centre for Open Knowledge (COK) in Bangladesh. COK promotes open sharing of educational resources and use of CC Licenses as default open licenses in Bangladesh.

Title: Creating Big Open in Bangladesh: Stereotypes, Commitments and Actions

Although the public universities are highly subsidised by the government, education at tertiary level in Bangladesh is highly expensive in general whenever the students go for using copyrighted study resources. Since almost all the textbooks referred by the teachers are of foreign origin, the spending for the original books becomes unbearable for the students. Every year a huge amount of public fund is spent on creating local textbooks, purchasing the foreign books and journals; however, most of them are copyrighted. Spending on copyrighted study resources limits the access to study resources and makes the use of pubic fund inefficient. Given these realities, promoting the creation and use of open resources can create a positive shift in the access to educational resources. This proposal summarizes the experiences from the recent initiatives for creating Big Open in Bangladesh.

 The status of open educational practices in Bangladesh
 Scope for creating and adopting OER (under CC Licenses) in secondary and higher education programs in Bangladesh
 The role of open policies in promoting the open culture in Bangladesh
 The commitments and actions for strengthening open movement in Bangladesh.

Keywords: Openness, Open Policies, Commitments, Actions, Bangladesh