The rise of the open education movement in Ontario is creating new opportunities as educators and trainers exploit open educational resources (OER), ranging from simple digital teaching assets to full courses, and related practices to secure the effective utilization of these resources. Among these opportunities are: greater autonomy brought by the ability to select from more diverse resources; fostering a culture of critiquing, and thereby improving, pedagogical practice; and increasing overall engagement with educational materials by both learners and educators.
In Canada, an increasing number of student groups have been promoting the cost-saving value of open access textbooks as part of #TextbookBroke campaigns that draw attention to the impact of high-priced textbooks. Inspired by the B.C. Open Textbook Project, the Canadian social media campaign was started by students at the University of Victoria. In Ontario, the Brock University Student Union has been active in the advocacy for OER on campus and the Western University Student Council has developed a Standing Policy on OER.
This webinar will offer a number of perspectives on this emerging movement capturing voices of teaching faculty, students and instructional developers. Offered as a collaborative session with support from Ontario Council of University Libraries as well as eCampus Ontario funded project "Open Textbook Toolkit", this 1.5 hr webinar will explore a number of practical issues around this movement in Ontario.
Contributed by: Katya Pereyaslavska