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Geography & Open Textbooks

As the school year begins, students always scramble to find the money for all those expensive textbooks that are required reading for their courses. What’s better than cheap textbooks with a guaranteed buyback? How about free, open textbooks that are available in multiple formats!

Okanagan College Geography, Earth, and Environmental Science professor Dr. Arthur ‘Gill’ Green has been working on just such a textbook with colleagues from across British Columbia. Full of case studies, lesson plan activities, and the latest facts on British Columbia, the open textbook is ready for adoption and adaption. It is the first geography open textbook of its kind!

Published in September 2014 by BCcampus OpenEd, the new textbook that he and the team of geography professors produced is available for download at the below links.

This textbook is best for regional geography courses focused on BC, but it also is remixable! So, any of the content can be adapted as long as it follows the Creative Commons license (CC-BY-4.0) . As cited in the introduction, “This first year Geography textbook takes a holistic approach to Geography by incorporating elements of physical, human and regional geography, as well as bringing in methods and perspectives from spatial information science.. This textbook applies a fundamental geographical approach to understanding our globally changing world by looking at local processes which are linked to larger global processes and events. For example mining and its effects are a global issue and we can see how these unfold in BC. A further example is the recent apology to First Nation peoples on the residential school treatment, as similar events occur in the US, Ireland and Australia. Processes of urbanization, a phenomenon which people all over the globe are experiencing, can be seen in Vancouver with our discussion of the city’s development. Geography students, indeed all first year students, need to be able to critically assess their own contexts and environments in order to properly engage with our continually globalizing world.”


FPSE Grants $3000 to Support Sambolabo Education Project

Professor Gill Green was able to obtain $3000 in funding from FPSE (Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of British Columbia) for building rural schools in Sambolabo, a rural  community near the Nigerian and Cameroonian border on the Adamaoua Plateau.

Geography works around the world!

“I am working with a Cameroonian NGO called PADI (Projet d’Appui au Développement Intégré or the Integrated Rural Development Project) on a project to improve access to education for 87 children between the age of 11-18 years old in Sambolabo – a remote community in the Adamaoua Province of Cameroon. I have worked with PADI since 2002 on agricultural extension and school infrastructure projects. PADI is an entirely Cameroonian-staffed NGO recognized for its work on improving education access, agricultural production, and building schools, clinics, bridges, and wells. They are the only NGO based in this remote region. This project improves access to education for current and future generations of children in Sambolabo. Currently, Sambolabo children are attending school in an unfinished, one room building. Courses are cancelled in inclement weather. There are no toilets, no access to water or electricity, and the roof needs to be finished. Mr. Paul Iya of PADI will build a latrine, provide water access, installan electric generator, and finish roofing and building. This work provides infrastructure that allows access to basic education facilities. Thank you FPSE!”