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Open Education Week 2020

OEWeek 2020

This year marks the seventh annual Open Education Week, a worldwide event intended to raise awareness of Open Education and to celebrate the positive impact of open educational practices around the world.

In a special edition of the Hub’s newsletter, members of the Teaching and Learning Innovation Hub have pointed you to noteworthy events, developments, and information to help you learn more about Open Education, Open Educational Resources (OER), and how you can get involved.

What is Open Education?

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Open Education Global defines Open Education as encompassing the “resources, tools, and practices that employ a framework of open sharing to improve educational access and effectiveness worldwide” (Source). 

What are Open Educational Resources (OERs)?

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) defines Open Educational Resources (OER) as “learning, teaching, and research materials in any format and medium that reside in the public domain or are under copyright that have been released under an open license, that permit no-cost access, re-use, repurpose, adaptation and redistribution by others” (Source). 

What are the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?

In 2015, all United Nations Member States adopted a universal call to action to “end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030 (Source). There are 17 overarching and interrelated goals. SDG Goal #4 calls for access to inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all, and is therefore closely connected to the global Open Education movement. 

What are Open Educational Practices (OEPs)?

Open Educational Practices (OEPs) support the (re)use and production of OERs through institutional policies, promote innovative pedagogical models, and respect and empower learners as co-producers on their lifelong learning paths (Source).

What is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)?

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are courses that take place over a set time frame, studied within a cohort, that are freely open to all (Source).

Questions about Open Education and OERs?

Contact Jessica O’Reilly, Instructional Developer, with Cambrian’s Teaching & Learning Innovation Hub

(705) 566-8101 ext. 6395

Copyright & OERs – Library & Learning Commons

Visit the link below to Cambrian College’s Library and Learning Commons website where you can find information about copyright and links to Open Educational Resources.

Where to Find OER

If you’re interested in finding openly licensed resources for teaching and/or student support needs, a great place to start would be the College Libraries Ontario OER Toolkit. This toolkit provides information and tools to help faculty and academic support staff understand, engage with, and sustain OER in their work and practices. 

Canada Copyright Guide

Visit the link below to see the Government of Canada’s guide to copyright to learn about the certain criteria that must be met when you create something you own the copyright to.

Questions about Copyright?

Contact Marnie Seal, Librarian, with Cambrian College’s Library and Learning Commons

(705) 566-8101 ext. 7651

What is Creative Commons?


Image source: Foter Blog

Creative Commons (CC) gives you the ability to create, share and use content for your teaching and learning needs without being restricted by copyright, and most often, cost.

Content with a CC license means it is free to use with some rights reserved. Please have a look at the Creative Commons website, FAQ section and license information. You can also Search the Commons to find material to use in your own courses.

Creative Commons describes their licenses as tools that “give everyone from individual creators to large companies and institutions a simple, standardized way to grant copyright permissions to their creative work. The combination of [their] tools and [their] users is a vast and growing digital commons, a pool of content that can be copied, distributed, edited, remixed, and built upon, all within the boundaries of copyright law” (Source). 

This image above displays the different degrees of freedom and control that licenses allow when licensing your content. In addition, please refer to the downloadable resources below under CC license from eCampus Ontario.

Open Education at Cambrian College

Open Book Fair

OER Adopters at Cambrian

Faculty at Cambrian have been incorporating openly licensed textbooks (OER) into their teaching practices. Read on for a few testimonials: 

Have you adopted an OER? If so, we’re very interested in hearing about your experience. Please consider completing a brief adoption survey. You’ll earn a shiny new button, and you’ll help us get a better sense of who is using OER at Cambrian, and how the Hub and Library teams can better support you. 

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Global Spotlight: Open Education for a Better World

Open Education for a Better World

Open Education for a Better World is a “tuition free international online mentoring programming [intended to] unlock the potential of open education in achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals”. In the three years since its founding, the initiative has supported 125 OER development projects in 35 countries. Each project includes and addresses at least one of UNESCO’s Sustainable Development Goals. This programme is an excellent example of the power of Open Education to connect people from around the world in the shared goal of creating high-quality learning opportunities for everyone.

Some projects of interest to Cambrian educators may include: 

You can explore all of the projects completed so far by clicking here

Open Day – May 2018

Open Day Logo

Cambrian’s Teaching & Learning Innovation Hub hosted “Open Day” on Thursday May 31st 2018.

With a variety of presenters and workshops, the event focused on creating awareness about open educational resources (OER) as well as adoption, adaptation, and creation in the context of Cambrian’s programs. There was also a focus on open educational practices and the pedagogical possibilities that OERs empower.

Downloadable Resources

Courtesy of eCampus Ontario:

  • Creative Commons Licenses Explained (PDF Poster)
  • Textbooks or Food: Open Textbooks for Students (PDF Poster)
  • Open Educational Resources and You (PDF Poster)
  • Open Educational Resources and Practices (PowerPoint) (PDF)
  • Top 10 Myths About Open Educational Resources (PDF Postcard)
  • Three Reasons to Use Open Educational Resources (PDF Postcard)

Learn More


Videos and Slide Decks

Courses and MOOCs