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The Library Open Educational Resources (OER) Grant Program is supported by the Office of the Chief Librarian and reflects the Library’s commitment to supporting the creation, adaptation and adoption of Open Educational Resources for use in the classroom. 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.

OER include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge. (Hewlett Foundation) For students, Open Educational Resources are a welcome alternative to  the high cost of textbooks and educational materials which can be a barrier to learning.  For faculty members, Open Educational Resources provide the flexibility to adapt course material to the course and pedagogical style rather than adapt the course and pedagogy to a static resource.

These grants advance the University’s priorities to foster an innovation ecosystem and ensure excellence in student learning experiences, and build on the Ryerson Library’s digital initiatives, expertise in Open Access and Open Education Resource publishing and dissemination, and academic priorities of access and openness.

This fall the Library is partnering with the Ted Rogers School of Management to fund an OER Partnership grant.

2019-2020 Grant Recipients

Michael Carter, Creative Industries, for Knowledge-making and 3D (Re)Visualization of Eastern Woodlands Indigenous History An Integrated and Interactive approach to Indigenizing Curriculum 

Jennifer Lapum, Nursing, for The Nurse’s Physical Examination of the Patient 

Jacqui Gingras, Sociology, Sociology of Education in Canada: Critical and Indigenous Perspectives 

For more information on these projects, see the Library’s 2019-2020 OER Grant Recipients blog post.

2018-2019 Grant Recipients

Jennifer Lapum, Nursing, for Scholarly Writing in Nursing Education

Adrian Ma, Journalism, for Interactive Guidebook on 360/VR for Video Storytelling

Gosha Zwyno and Frankie Stewart, Electrical Engineering, for Introduction to Control Systems