Thompson Rivers University has learned that it will benefit from a provincial government program to provide free textbooks for certain courses.
The announcement was made Tuesday at an Open Education conference in Vancouver.
The Ministry of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology says B.C. is set to become the first province in Canada to offer students free online, open textbooks for the 40 most popular post-secondary courses.
The open textbooks are expected to be created with input from B.C. faculty, institutions and publishers.
TRU spokesman Christopher Seguin said the university is waiting to hear about the specific books involved, but that the move toward open-licence textbooks is a growing trend in higher education.
The provincial government said the books could be in use at B.C. institutions as early as 2013-14 for courses ranging from arts and sciences to humanities and business.