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Buds, Branches and Bark – A Guide to Winter Identification in the Pacific Northwest, a BCIT OER textbook
Have you ever wanted to create your own book, but don’t know how to get started? Join Julia Alards-Tomalin, a BCIT instructor in the Renewable Resources program as she shares her 4-year journey in creating a winter plant identification textbook with students across programs at BCIT. This new book fills a gap in the field of plant identification in our region and is available to all as a free, online Open Education Resource (OER) field guide. In this session, you will learn more about the steps to create an OER book and hopefully be inspired to create your own too!
Julia Alards-Tomalin is an instructor in the Renewable Resources department at BCIT. She studied Forestry and Ecological Restoration at BCIT and recently completed a Master of Education at Simon Fraser University. Her background is diverse, including horticulture, arboriculture, invasive species management and ecological restoration, but is united by a common theme of plants. Julia began creating and using Open Educational Resources (OER) in 2019, including the co-creation of a Youtube Channel: Interviews with Plants.