This project focused on developing the necessary knowledge, infrastructure, funding, and service models to facilitate the use and creation of Open Educational Resources (OER) at Concordia. Services such as how to identify and curate existing OER from other universities, as well as support for the use of authoring tools, accessibility guidelines, licensing guidelines, templates, etc. have been developed.
As the OER pilot project has been completed, it has been transitioned into an ongoing service model at Concordia, managed and supported by Concordia Library.
Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research digital resources that are created by educators and made available to others for use and re-purposing. OER are multiple in formats and forms. They include texts, modules, videos, and all other kinds of course materials, up to and including full textbooks. Taking advantage of modularity, multimedia, and interactive elements, the digital format of OER also contribute to innovation in higher education teaching and learning. OER increase the array of instructional resources in students’ learning experiences, while lowering the financial barriers to accessing course materials specifically, and knowledge and education generally.
I’m happy to see that Concordia is taking formal steps in this direction, and building a complete process around using OER’s that will support use and production of.
- A faculty member commenting on the project
Yes! We've already fallen behind, we're more than 10 years late on this but we can still catch up if we're mindful of our offering.