OER: University of Alberta Leads Project to Open Access to Digital Learning Across Alberta (Open Education Alberta)
From the University of Alberta:
A new collaboration between University of Alberta Libraries and other post-secondary institutions across Alberta is providing students and instructors with the ability to access and create digital learning materials for free.
The service, Open Education Alberta, is a platform that enables the adaptation, creation and use of open education resources (OERs) in post-secondary courses.
OERs are digital learning materials that are openly licenced, said Michelle Brailey, digital initiatives projects librarian and project lead. They are either in the public domain or have been released under a licence that permits their use and repurposing by others, so anyone can use the work without obtaining permission or paying a publisher.
The Open Education Alberta Project has been in the works for two years. Along with the U of A and Mount Royal University, representatives from MacEwan University, the University of Calgary, University of Lethbridge and Southern Alberta Institute of Technology all contributed to its development.
“Other provinces like B.C. and Ontario have large, provincially funded initiatives for this work: BC Campus and eCampus Ontario. But in Alberta there’s not really any central point for people. This creates a central hub for people to get resources to do this work,” said Brailey.
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.