May 21, 2022

Open Educational Resources: Online Course Materials to Reduce Costs for Alberta Students

From Global News:

The Open Educational Resources Initiative has been in the works for a few years. Through the initiative, more educational resources such as textbooks, modules, lesson plans, and multi-media materials will be made available for students online.


While the details of the program have yet to be solidified, the initiative will be guided by a committee of faculty, students, and senior academic officers, who will review proposals from across Campus Alberta on how best to use open educational resources.


At a recent New West Partnership meeting, the premiers of B.C., Alberta and Saskatchewan agreed to a memorandum of understanding on open educational resources. The provinces will work together to share materials and reduce duplication.

“If you put it on the Campus Alberta digital library, the idea would be to have resources available to students regardless of where they are,” said [Alberta Premier Dave] Hancock. “It makes it easier for people who are doing courses who are not at a residential university.”

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Additional Resources

Open Educational Resources FAQ (via Alberta Government)

Open Resources Will Benefit Post-Secondary Students (via Alberta Government)

Primary Document: Full Text of B.C., Alberta and Saskatchewan Memorandum of Understanding Re: OER (3 pages; PDF)


Hat Tip & Thanks: Matt R. Weaver

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