Nova Scotia Community College (2021)
Cover image: Business People by Gerd Altman [Pixabay free image]
This text was first adopted at Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) in 2020 and was subsequently enhanced and improved in 2021 with support from the NSCC School of Business and Creative Industries faculty along with NSCC students funded through grants from Atlantic OER (Council of Atlantic University Libraries) and the NSCC Foundation.
The content was restructured to align with course outcomes specific to the course Principles of Business (BUSI 1020). The text was also integrated into a Learning Management System with customized PowerPoints and Quizzes – a Brightspace shell.
Faculty team members for the 2021 revision project included: Neil Cody, Jules Fauteux, Melanie Grant, Mike Kelly, Phyllis Leblanc, Luella Legge, Erin Lewis, Rankin MacMaster, Shelley Meldrum, Adam Rumsey, and Ron Robichaud.
Student team members for the 2021 revision project included: Hadley Brooks-Joiner, and Kimia Ghasemi.
Support team members for the 2021 revision project included: Michelle Chalupa and Lynn MacGregor.
Team members from the 2020 adoption included: Neil Cody, Jules Fauteux, and Dave Maguire.
Special thanks to Lynn MacGregor for her dedication and support as a foundational OER champion at NSCC.
On the first weekend in March 2018, Program Managers from eCampusOntario gathered with Business faculty from Ontario colleges to adapt existing Business resources in openlibrary.ecampusontario.ca for use in foundations of business courses. Two teams worked to update and align the existing open resources to Ontario college introductory business outcomes and objectives. College faculty worked their way through the text offering suggestions for updates and highlighted spots where interactivities would assist comprehension. College faculty also began to create helpful supplementary materials to aid adoption and use of the text in Ontario college classrooms – physical or virtual. These included: diagnostic quizzes for each chapter; PowerPoint slides for each chapter, and a quiz bank to assess end-of-chapter understanding.
From there, eCampusOntario Program Managers along with Matt Hutchinson sourced Canadian statistics and examples. Program Managers built interactivities using H5P and other, open educational technologies to engage students and solidify understanding. They edited the figures, charts, and text and cited sources using proper MLA citation style.
Team members included: Nitsa Andres, Fanshawe College, Matt Hutchinson, Lambton College, Jim Johnston, Fanshawe College, Anela Tomac, Conestoga College, Joanne Kehoe, eCampusOntario, Peggy French, eCampusOntario. Gratitude to Luke Wilson for editing the final draft and adding his expertise to the content.
eCampusOntario is a not-for-profit corporation funded by the Government of Ontario. It serves as a centre of excellence in online and technology-enabled learning for all publicly funded colleges and universities in Ontario and has embarked on a bold mission to widen access to post-secondary education and training in Ontario. This textbook is part of eCampusOntario’s open textbook library, which provides free learning resources in a wide range of subject areas. These open textbooks can be assigned by instructors for their classes and can be downloaded by learners to electronic devices or printed. These free and open educational resources are customizable to meet a wide range of learning needs, and we invite instructors to review and adopt the resources for use in their courses.