Open Educational Resources – OER

At present, our biggest OER endeavour is the Open Textbook project, Canada’s first government-funded open textbook project, announced October 2012. In this section you will find a collection of resources and updates about the Open Textbook project and OER in general.

What are OER?

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, open textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge. (1)

How does BCcampus support OER?

BCcampus has a solid reputation for supporting the development of open resources in the context of professional development and academic growth. Resources developed as a result of the B.C. Online Program Development Fund (OPDF) are mandated to use an open license, and are kept on the Shareable Online Learning Repository (SOL*R).

Our professional development activities through the Educational Technology Users Group (ETUG) and SCoPE have a long history of encouraging open sharing, reuse and remixing of knowledge and resources. BCcampus is also a partner in the Creative Commons Canada affiliate.

Notes:

(1) Geser, Guntram (2007-01). “Open Educational Practices and Resources. OLCOS Roadmap 2012“. Salzburg, Austria: Wikipedia entry for OER, which is updated thanks to the efforts of the Communicating OER project. We are grateful for their hard work in helping the world become more aware of OER.