Reading & Resources

The University of Alberta, Centre for Teaching and Learning, Open Education page is a collaborative development among open educators across our campus including faculty across various disciplines, Librarians, the Copyright Office, the Students’ Union, and external open education researchers.

Much of this resource is an adaptation of Open Educational Practices” from the University of Saskatchewan, and, OER Trial by COVID-19 from Bccampus (CC-BY 4.0).

University of Alberta's Open Education Interest Group - Join the campus interest group to learn what others are up to across campus. Currently, we communicate through a listserv and meet quarterly. Interest group meetings are open to all, including those beyond the University of Alberta.

In the Quad: Check out our summarized list to catch up on what CTL, Library & Museums, and instructors across campus have posted about in the Quad about open education.

Finding OER: The University of Alberta Library has a number of services available to assist you with finding and using course materials, including identifying open educational resources that may be appropriate for your course. Contact your subject librarian for more information.

Creating OER: The Library’s Open Textbook Publishing Program partners with instructors at the UofA to create and adapt open textbooks for credit courses, using Pressbooks publishing software. Pressbooks enables the authoring and publication of multimedia-rich print books, ebooks, and web books. The published books are shareable in multiple formats, and allow you to create interactive content like videos, presentations, games, quizzes and more.

Open Licensing and Copyright: In order for a copyright-protected work to be made "open", the copyright holder(s) in the work must agree to make the work open. OER are normally made "open" through the application of an open licence to the work, like a Creative Commons licence. The University of Alberta Copyright Office is an important resource during the creation, adaptation, or use of OER.

Further Reading

Hilton, J. Open educational resources, student efficacy, and user perceptions: a synthesis of research published between 2015 and 2018. Education Tech Research Dev68, 853–876 (2020).

Koseoglu, Suzan & Bozkurt, Aras. (2018). An exploratory literature review on open educational practices. Distance Education. 39. 1-21. DOI: 10.1080/01587919.2018.1520042

Lambert, S. R. (2018). Changing our (Dis)Course: A Distinctive Social Justice Aligned Definition of Open Education. Journal of Learning for Development , 5(3). Retrieved from

Cronin, C., (2017). Openness and Praxis: Exploring the Use of Open Educational Practices in Higher Education. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 18(5).

Hendricks, C., (2017). What is open education? Retrieved on February 16, 2021 from: 

Wiley, D., & Hilton III, J. L. (2018). Defining OER-Enabled Pedagogy. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 19(4).