What's Open?

What are Open Educational Practices (OEP)?
  • Materials are accessible so everyone can use them, for example: it is free, works well with screen readers, no password required, etc.
  • Anyone can create, collaborate on, and share the materials.
  • There are choices for the creator of the materials as to what they will create and how they will share it.
  • Research data and publications available for everyone to access and use.
  • Reflections on teaching and learning so others may learn from our experiences.

Why choose Open?

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Why use Open Educational Practices (OEP)?

Access to:

  • Reduced costs for students
  • Localized content
  • Improved academic integrity
Alignment with:
  • Learning outcomes
  • Teaching values
  • Institutional Priorities
Agency for:
  • Instructors to control content in learning materials instead of commercial publishers.
  • Students to contribute knowledge instead of just consuming.


Finding Open Textbooks

There are a growing number of open textbooks available across most disciplines. You can search for books on the following websites or browse by discipline areas.

Site Name Link
USask Open Textbook Catalogue https://openpress.usask.ca/catalog/
B.C. Open Collection by BCcampus https://collection.bccampus.ca/
LibreText https://libretexts.org/
OpenStax (Rice Univeristy) https://openstax.org/
Open Textbook Library (University of Minnesota) https://open.umn.edu/opentextbooks
Pressbooks Directory https://pressbooks.directory/

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Open Pedagogy

Taking an open pedagogy approach to assessment allows students to contribute to creating knowledge and resources that demonstrate their learning and provide opportunities to show how their learning and the discipline can contribute to helping local communities and the world address the challenges we face today. This approach increases engagement and may help address instructor concerns related to academic integrity.

Several open pedagogy projects have been integrated into courses at USask. Read about some of them and see additional examples on the Open Pedagogy page.


Funding is available to support creation of Open Educational Resource (OER) projects and Open Pedagogy (OP) projects. The amount of funding you can receive will depend on the type of project and the number of students who will directly benefit from the project each year at USask. 

Support & Technologies

Whether or not you receive funding for an open project, there are supports and tools available for use with your project, including:

  • assistance finding existing OER,
  • help understanding and navigating copyright and open licensing,
  • consultation on the instructional design aspects of an open resource,
  • consultation with developing an open pedagogy project, and
  • assistance with using Pressbooks, Wordpress, or the Harvest Open Educational Resource Collection.


Harvest Open Educational Resource Collection - USask repository for OER created by instructors, staff, and students.
Learning Technology Ecosystem Toolkit - A website detailing learning technologies approved for use at USask, the best practices for using them, and links to resources to support their usage.
Pressbooks - Use this platform for creation or adaptation of Open Textbooks at USask.
Wordpress - A USask supported blogging platform.

Homework Systems

Homework systems are online tools that can grade questions asked to students as homework, track formative practice, or assess examinations. They are most useful in classes where students are problem solving, for example math or chemistry, and need immediate feedback about if they have done the process correctly. Homework systems are also commonly used to test recall.

Homework systems can be commercial, student-pay systems or non-commercial (free) systems. For a comparison of the pros and cons of commercial systems, as well as a list of alternatives, please follow the link below.

Open Courses

USask has offered at least five open courses since 2014. The most recent courses include:

Get Help

If you have questions about Open or would like help finding resources contact the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning (GMCTL).

If you are looking for Open Resources to use in your course, connect with the University Library, and seek out a Library Liaison in your discipline.