Open Educational Resources (OER) allow instructors and students to access, use, revise/remix, and share pedagogically appropriate learning materials freely. These resources allow instructors, and learners, to access and shape content to meet the needs of specific learning contexts. Digital versions of open resources are almost always free and print copies of items such as open textbooks can generally be obtained at a fraction of the cost of a regular commercial textbook.

"OER are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge." (Hewlett Foundation)

Open pedagogy takes OER as a jumping-off point for rethinking the relationship between teachers, students, and knowledge. If teachers and students can now modify their textbooks and learning materials, we shift the student emphasis to contribution to knowledge as opposed to simple consumption of knowledge. Teachers and students become learners together, and "content" becomes a dynamic, always changing category with which we engage rather than a stable set of facts to be mastered. (DeRosa)

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Funding

The University of Saskatchewan is pleased to make funding available to support the use, adaptation, and creation of open textbooks at the university. The funding will be provided for projects involving U of S instructors adapting existing open textbooks, creating new ones, or developing supporting resources (e.g. test bank questions, slides, etc.) needed to facilitate the use of an open textbook in place of a commercial text.

Applications are now being accepted for this funding. Applications need to include details about the resources to be adapted/developed, the course(s) where the resources will be integrated, and the projected budget for the project. Heather Ross, from the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning (GMCTL), is available to work with instructors and departments on completion of the application. Please contact her at heather.ross@usask.ca or 306-966-5327.

Getting Help

Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning

Contact Heather Ross at the Gwenna Moss Centre if you are interested in finding out more about open educational resources or you would like to begin using them in your course.


University Libraries

Librarians across campus can be very helpful in finding open resources as well as alternatives to requiring students to purchase commericial textbooks.

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University Bookstore

Staff at the bookstore can assist in making open textbooks available as print on demand books for students.

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