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Students are advocating for OER across Canada through textbook broke campaigns, respectfully speaking with or writing to their teachers, championing teachers who are going the extra mile with open educational resources.
Students: How to Participate
- BC Campus Adoption Guide contains a one-page sample script for "Talking with Instructors."
- For more sample scripts and ideas on textbook affordability campaigns, see Textbook Affordability Student Toolkit (2018) pdf.
- BC Campus OER Student Toolkit contains a one-pager on "How to Advocate on Your Campus: For Student Societies and Student Leaders."
Student OER Involvement in Canada
|Students involved at:||Student Actions:|
|University of British Columbia||Open Letter|
|University of British Columbia||Textbook Broke Call to Action|
|University of Victoria
||Textbook Broke Call to Action
|University of Victoria||OER Advocacy Letter
|University of Guelph||Student Textbook Survey Report|
|McGill University||McGill News|
|McGill University||OER Report|
|Ontario Undergraduate Alliance||Textbook Broke Call to Action|
You are a professor:
If you are already involved with OER, here are some thoughts:
- Let the library know so that we can help highlight your work.
- Share your experience and communicate the value of OER amongst colleagues, within your department, and so forth. i.e. See resources on Communicating the Value of OER at Illinois and BC Campus news on Deans of Arts and Science: A Unified Front to Support OER.
- Learn about leveraging OER in the tenure process (either for yourself or colleagues), i.e. See video recording of Making OER Count: Incorporating OER into the Tenure and Promotion Process.
- Get in touch and offer your suggestions for OER's growth at Concordia University.
If you are curious about OER, here are some thoughts:
- Ask your students about how textbooks impact them.
- Talk with colleagues in your field as well as colleagues who have embarked on OER projects.
- Learn more about OER, Creative Commons Licences, and our OER grants.
- Know that small steps towards the accessibility of education make a difference over time.
- Make an appointment with your subject librarian and or Scholarly Publishing Librarian. Bring your questions and syllabi. We can help you find and explore OER resources.
You are a librarian:
Librarians can get involved by:
- Brushing up on our OER knowledge (as needed).
- Consulting with professorial colleagues and students in your subject areas, including those already involved in OER and the curious amongst us.
- Considering whether your instructional materials could become OER.
- Communicate the value of OER amongst colleagues. i.e. See resources on Communicating the Value of OER at Illinois and BC Campus news on Deans of Arts and Science: A Unified Front to Support OER.