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Wednesday, November 19 • 2:30pm - 3:00pm
OER in Western Canada

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Canada's three western provinces signed an agreement in Spring 2014 to implement OER. This session reports on OER challenges/opportunities of the collaboration and the successes and problems incurred by the three initiatives. British Columbia, led by BCCampus, started the OER initiatives by implementing a program to build 40 (and now 60) first and second year post-secondary course etextbooks as OER. Athabasca University and eCampus Alberta followed up with an OER workshop in Edmonton shortly after. Alberta Ministry of Innovation and Advanced Education representatives then attended an OER meeting held in Vancouver with representatives from Washington and California. This year, Saskatchewan has also expressed a commitment to support OER. The province has agreed with the others to join with the other two western provinces to facilitate cooperation among the participants in sharing and encouraging the use of best practices in OER, fostering greater collaboration using technology and gaining an understanding of key issues and trends in OER among post-secondary institutions. Several institutions and organizations in Western Canada are members of the OER Univeritas (OERu) initiative. These include two consortia: BCcampus and eCampus Alberta; three universities: Athabasca University, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Thompson Rivers University; and a Community College: Portage College.


Rory McGreal

Professor, Athabasca University
I am the UNESCO/Commonwealth of Learning/International Council for Open and Distance Education Chair in Open Educational Resources and the director of TEKRI at Athabasca University

Wednesday November 19, 2014 2:30pm - 3:00pm EST
Virginia Ballroom

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