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Open Educational Resources (OER)

Project overview

This project is 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. will be developed.  It is anticipated that the project, once complete, will roll into an ongoing service model at Concordia.

Background info

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.


March 2019
Develop a governance model for the project.

June 2019
Initial website and community presentations.
Grant proposals and awards.

Update: Check out our initial OER Guide with a Call for OER Grants Proposals

October 2019
Workflow and service model recommendations.

January 2020
Report on grant outcomes.

March 2020
Proposal for next steps.

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