Comprehensiveness rating: 4 read less
The text offers a wide variety of topics for an introductory course. Some chapters I found to be quite unique such as: Aboriginal Tourism and Environmental Stewardship. Excellent additions to a survey course! While the text is intended to be focused on British Columbia, it does limit itself by only offering an introduction and closing chapter with a larger context. Bottom line: for what the course covers, it is comprehensive. There is a glossary, but the text lacks an index.
Accuracy rating: 4
I am not familiar enough with hospitality and tourism in British Columbia to assess the accuracy of all topics. What I can observe are the selection of authors are well-recognized as subject matter experts and the chapters are cited and documented thoroughly. Having toured in BC myself, the text enhanced my understanding of the Provence.
Relevance/Longevity rating: 4
This text is focused narrowly on the British Columbia and as such limits its relevancy to those interested in study of the region. I reviewed both the printed copy and the online version of the textbook and noted there were several revisions and updates in the online version. This implies the authors’ commitment to the longevity by keeping content current.
Clarity rating: 5
The text has a nice layout to each of the chapters which adds to the clarity. These comments will flow through to the next section on consistency, so I am reviewing these in tandem. Each chapter begins with Learning Objectives, contains “Spotlight on” and “Take a closer look” inserts, and ends with Key Terms, Exercises and a Case Study. Finally, there is a complete bibliography for each chapter. From both a teaching and student perspective, having clear consistent content facilitates the learning process.
Consistency rating: 5
Following my previous comments on clarity, the construction of each chapter includes headings followed by concise topics. Photos, web links, and tables support further research by the students without creating distractions. In other words, the student will know what to expect each time they encounter a “Take a closer look” insert and can return to the main reading once they have discovered a bit more about the topic.
Modularity rating: 5
Each chapter is designed to stand on its own merit. I would open with the Ch. 1: History and Overview and conclude with Ch. 14: Back to the Big Picture chapters as the text is constructed. Outside of these bookends, I would feel flexible to mix and match the chapters in any sequence. While they can be presented independently, they are outlined to be presented in a nice flow in how it is presently designed.
Organization/Structure/Flow rating: 5
This is truly the textbook’s strong point. It is organized with flexibility in mind, yet flows nicely start to finish. Each chapter is organized in the same fashion, making it consistent and provides smooth transitions between topics. This is important for both students and instructors.
Interface rating: 5
I checked several links as I went through the various chapters. All that I checked worked and many had evidence of recent updates. The links in the featured boxes “Spotlight on” and Take a closer look” all were well placed and could take the reader out and back into the main body of the text without distractions. In this section, I would like to share my review of the exercises and case studies found at the end of each chapter. These are well-suited to discussions and activities in either a face-to-face or online course. I would find them particularly useful in a hybrid or “flipped” course delivery where the expectation would be that the student has come into the class meeting prepared to tackle activities and discussions using these tools.
Grammatical Errors rating: 5
The text is written in British English as it is a Canadian focused text. Given this, the grammar and spelling were consistent throughout the text and I noted few, if any, errors. It was easy to read without distractions of editing.
Cultural Relevance rating: 5
I am so happy to see the chapters on Environmental Stewardship and Aboriginal Tourism. These are fantastic examples of cultural relevancy and are a pleasant surprise to find in a survey course text. Well played! I found these chapters in particular to be very interesting and entices me to take advantage of some of the eco-tourism and visits to our First Nations to the north.
I selected this text to review as it was the only one available for Hospitality Business Management. I hope this will inspire others to model this kind of production for other courses relevant to our field. Hats off to BC for being an early adopter!