The term Open Educational Resources (OER) was first introduced at a conference hosted by UNESCO in 2000 and was promoted in the context of providing free access to educational resources on a global scale.
Brock’s James A. Gibson Library offers a set of OER guides on its website. It defines OER as “…any educational resources (including curriculum maps, course materials, textbooks, streaming videos, multimedia applications, podcasts, and any other materials that have been designed for use in teaching and learning) that are openly available for use by educators and students, without an accompanying need to pay royalties or licence fees.”
Many OER at Brock were created through generous funding by eCampusOntario.
eCampusOntario (https://www.ecampusontario.ca/) was created with a bold mission to widen access to post-secondary online education and training in Ontario. By enhancing their members’ capacity to advocate, innovate, educate and collaborate, eCampusOntario ensures learners benefit from an open and collaborative learning environment – one that is easy to explore, highly relevant to all stakeholders and purposefully designed to build a smarter Ontario. eCampusOntario is funded by the provincial government. To learn more about their initiatives, sign up for their newsletter.
On Thursday March 7, 2019, the Brock University Library, in partnership with the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation held our second annual Open Education Week event. This day was made possible by generous funding by eCampusOntario.
On December 7, 2017 Brock Library, BUSU, and the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation hosted an OER Teaching and Learning Event.
Presentation Materials from the OER Teaching and Learning Event
- Keynote slides from Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani, University Teaching Fellow in Open Studies and a Psychology Professor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver, B.C.
- Video recording of Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani’s talk, Serving Social Justice & Pedagogical Innovation with Open Education Practices
- Recent Op-Ed by Dr. Jhangiani in the Globe&Mail, To combat soaring textbook costs, look to an open-source approach
- Plenary slides from Dr. David Porter, CEO eCampusOntario
- Showcase of OER at Brock