OER in Canada and Worldwide
OER in Canada
An example of provincial support here at home is the Campus Alberta OER Grant Initiative which is directed towards the expansion of the OER resources pool, the encouragement of effective practice and the building of a culture of awareness across the province. Click here, if you would like to learn more about projects that have been funded by ABOER. The Program Evaluation of all AB government-funded activities worth a total of 1.76 M CAD from 2014-2017 can be accessed here.
BCcampus launched their successful Open Textbook Project in as early as 2012. Since then, about 185 Open Textbooks ( 78 peer-reviewed) and 103 ancillary resources have been added. More than 700 adoptions by 20,000+ students have led to cost savings of CAD 4 million. The BCcampus Open Textbook Project is leading all OER efforts in Canada through the great pool of resources, adoption and adaptation workshops, and comprehensive support materials and resources.
The recommendations of the 2016 BCcampus Faculty Survey to reduce barriers of using OER in courses and to successfully advocate for mainstream adoption of OER (pp.32-3) have resulted in the University of British Columbia taking initiative in changing the Guide of Reappointment, Promotion and Tenure Procedures for Teaching Professors (Candidates in the Educational Leadership Stream) to include a clause (3.4.1) that recognizes "Contributions to the practice and theoriy of teaching and learning literature, including publications in peer-reviewed and professional journals, conference publications, book chapters, textbooks and open education repositories/ resources." This handbook change is the first of its kind in Canada and a major achievement in compensating faculty appropriately for OER creation efforts.
In the last decade, the movement for Open Educational Resources has evolved into a broad network of international stakeholders which have worked together towards achieving the goals and broader vision outlined in the foundational Cape Town and Paris OER declarations.
The focus for OER adoption has been on three crucial components, namely on the users and the question how to raise their awareness and motivation to use OER by providing scientific evidence, on the content and the task to provide easy access by using certain technologies, and on the context which required the building of an active community that can rely on systemic support for a sustainable use of OER.
With regards to the motivation of users, the body of valuable research on OER has grown to include a larger number of impact studies as well as toolkits and frameworks for evaluation and dissemination. For a better insight into current OER research you might want to refer to the publications completed under the umbrellas of the OERHUB, the Open Education Group or the Roar4D project.