Free, online textbooks developed for skills training

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Victoria:  British Columbia is now developing 20 open, online textbooks specifically for post-secondary skills training and technical programs.

“British Columbia’s open textbooks are already being used by students all over the province who are studying science, arts and business,” said Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk. “Now students taking skills and technical training programs like electrical, oil and gas, tourism, nursing and others will also be able to get some of their textbooks online for free, saving hundreds of dollars. This is another way we’re matching education with jobs, ensuring students are getting affordable, accessible training to move from learner to earner.” The online textbooks will be developed based on an open call for proposals, and will be available online starting September 2015.