Open Education Resources

Open Education Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials made freely available online. They can be used and adapted at little or no cost.

Unlike resources under strict copyright terms, OER have been authored or created by an individual or organization that chooses to retain few, if any, ownership rights. This is most often done by licensing works using a Creative Commons License, which allow a creator to clearly communicate how others can use their work.

Learn more:
Visit the Library’s OER guide

Contact Alison Foster, Instructional Design Librarian | 780-497-5251

Open Textbook Fellowship Grant Program 

The Open Textbook Fellowship pilot program aims to:

  • Innovate teaching practice.
  • Champion awareness and increased use of OER on campus.
  • Enrich student experience, while also recognizing that open textbooks can greatly reduce financial barriers to education and learning.

With support from the University Library, the Office of the Provost, and the Office of Teaching and Learning Services, this program supports instructors in the creation or adaptation of open textbooks for use in MacEwan courses, including the creation or adaptation of complementary ancillary materials for use with existing open textbooks, such as test banks, instructor manuals, and multimedia materials. It will also serve as a proof-of-concept to inform what additional resources may be needed to sustain a book hosting service at MacEwan University that could support both the production of new works and future editions.

In May of 2019, five $5000 grants were awarded to support open textbook projects through this 20-month fellowship.

To support the creation of these works, the library is piloting an instance of Pressbooks software. Learn more.

Future grant opportunities and supports for the creation or adaptation of additional works will be determined at the conclusion of this initial pilot program. 

Funded Projects (2019-2021)

  • Liz Lawson and Robert Andruchow – Faculty of Fine Arts & Communication, Department of Art and Design
    • Open Textbook: ARTE 102/ARTE 104 Textbook (title to be determined)
  • Leslie Dawson – Faculty of Arts & Science, Department of Anthropology
    • Open Textbook and Ancillary Resources: Centering Indigenous Oracy: an Interactive Introduction to Indigenous Peoples in Canada
  • Natalia Rohatyn-Martin, Faculty of Health & Community Studies
    • Open Textbook: Inclusive Education: Case Studies for Educational Assistants
  • Annetta Latham – Faculty of Fine Arts and Communication, Department of Arts and Cultural Management
    • Open Textbook and Ancillary Resources: Community Arts and Cultural Development and Engagement
  • Wanhua Su – Faculty of Arts & Science, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
    • Open Textbook and Ancillary Resources: Introduction to R/R Commander

Fellowship Timelines

March 2019 Information sessions March 6 & 7
April 1, 2019 Application deadline
April 30, 2019 Fellowship recipients notified
June 12 2019 On-site residency: Approaches to Creating & Adapting Open Textbooks or Ancillary Materials
September 2019 - December 2020 One check-in meeting each term
November TBD 2020 On-site residency: Sharing, Dissemination & Championing OER
January 2021 Projects completed and shared online
February 2021 Open Textbook Fellows Project Showcase Event