In this session, we present several case studies of ancillary resource development for open textbooks in British Columbia. Through these case studies we explore an emerging framework for best practices and the often unrecognized challenges that ancillary resource development poses for open educational resources (OER).
There is increasing evidence that lack of ancillary resources impact OER adoption. Over 40% of the respondents to a 2016 survey of 2,902 faculty members at 29 higher education institutions ranked instructor supplements and student supplements (ancillary resources) as important or very important factors in textbook adoption (Green 2016).
Indeed, the lack of ancillary resources for open textbooks negatively impacts faculty perceptions and adoption rates (Jhangiani et al. 2016). While ancillary resources are often expected by overworked instructors in need of teaching aids, the development of ancillary resources for open textbooks poses several challenges that can be both logistic and fundamental to open education.
For example, ancillary resources may not be shared in the same locations as the associated open textbook, may not be adequately updated with new textbook versions, may not be openly licensed, and may actually undermine the opportunity that open textbooks provide to improve pedagogical approaches.
Moreover, the types of ancillary resources required and the way ancillary resources are developed in different disciplinary settings may require different strategic approaches. In this presentation, we overview these challenges, introduce some applied examples of ancillary resource development, and provide the first steps towards best practices for ancillary resource development.
Back to the Features: questioning the impact of ancillary resources on open textbook adoption
Back to the Features:
questioning the impact of
ancillary resources on open
BCcampus Faculty Fellows
Jennifer Kirkey, Arthur Gill Green, Rod Lidstone
Festival of Learning 2016
Burnaby, British Columbia
Ancillary as a core component
Wow, it’s a real textbook
It’s virtually done
(Thank you BCcampus)
What do a plumber, a geographer,
and a physicist have in common?
Why are OER ancillary
tip the scales...
Show of hands please…
Anyone here hesitated to
adopt an open resource or
know someone who hesitated
to adopt due to the lack of
Over 40% of the respondents to a 2016 survey of 2,902
faculty members at 29 higher education institutions….
...ranked supplements as
important or very important
factors in textbook adoption
The lack of ancillary resources for open
textbooks negatively impacts faculty
perceptions and adoption rates
(Jhangiani et al. 2016).
“Wow it is a real textbook with
real resources. There are lots of
textbook problems and both a
student instructor’s solutions
manual? Let me look at that...I
might adopt it…”
Trades Common Core ancillary
resources in the works
● Procedural videos
● Tool animations
● Bringing all of the resources
together into Open LMS
Procedural videos where should
I put them?
● Youtube link
● Embedded into open
● Standalone files
Maybe these elements are
best located within
content pages of an open
This gives us an
universal design elements
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Consumption or collaboration?
Can it allow modularity, flexible consumption choices, no limits to
access, possibility to contribute to and edit the resources…
Should it be institutional (UBC, Camosun, Douglas, etc.) or independent?
Can the content be edited with free
or open source software?
Benefits of making it easy to edit:
better adoption rates
all around better quality resources
Analysis of 248 edits to English language
Wikipedia articles from 04:43 to 04:46 UTC
on 18 Feb 2007
With the help of BCcampus, you can make
ancillary resources that your students will use
and that you need to assist with teaching and
BCcampus Call for OER Grants
Ancillary Resources Grant
Open Educational Resource Grants
● Adaptation of Open Textbooks or Open
● Creation of Open Educational Resources
● Course Redesign using Open Educational
This presentation can be
Green, K. C. (2016). Going digital: faculty perspectives on digital and OER
course materials. In 2016 ICBA Meeting. Orlando: ICBA. Retrieved from
Jhangiani, R., R. Pitt, C. Hendricks, J. Key, and C. Lalonde. (2016).
Exploring faculty use of open educational resources at British Columbia
post-secondary institutions. Victoria: BCcampus. Retrieved from
Image sources are noted in the slide notes.
Back to the Features: questioning the impact of ancillary resources on open textbook adoption by A.G. Green,
J.Kirkey and R.Lidstone is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.