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Open Educational Resources at SAIT: Foundations of OER Certificate

Informational site about OER materials and practices at SAIT

Foundations of Open Educational Resources Program

Open educational resources (OER) are teaching, learning and research resources that have been shown to have a positive impact on student learning and institutional outcomes. Interest in OER has grown at the international, national, and provincial levels as governments and organizations realize the high rate of return on this investment in student learning.

The Foundations of Open Educational Resources program will provide SAIT faculty and staff with the necessary skills to find, adapt, and evaluate these open licensed materials. Through this program, you will develop an appreciation of the benefits of OER and the confidence to incorporate OER into their instructional practices. Upon completion of program, you will earn a certificate on your PeopleNOW profile. 

 
Program Outline

This program is designed to be flexible with hybrid learning that involves completing online learning modules before attending a workshop. During the multi-course curriculum, learners will create a personalized action plan to locate, adapt, or create OER for their courses.  

  • The OER Foundations certificate can be earned upon completion of courses 1, 2, 3 and 4.
  • The OER Champion certificate can be earned upon completion of all 6 courses.
 
Courses

1.    Foundations of OER: What is OER?
2.    Foundations of OER: Copyright & Licensing
3.    Foundations of OER: Finding OER
4.    Foundations of OER: Using OER at SAIT
5.    Foundations of OER: Teaching with OER
6.    Foundations of OER: Creating OER

Workshops will be held in November and December 2023, as well as March, May, and June 2024. Sessions will be available both in online and in-person formats.  Access information such as dates, times, and locations on the PeopleNow system (see Register Now links below).   Registration will close one week before the workshop date.


Foundations of OER 1: What is OER?

Description: In this course, you will relate the concepts of “open” and “open educational resources” to your personal instructional practices.

Duration: 1.5-hour self-directed learning, 1.5-hour workshop

Dates:  May 13, 8:30am-10:00am, Teams
             June 10, 12:30pm-2:00pm, on-campus

Register Now  On the new page, click the blue button to view the course content. Then select 'workshop' from the left hand side of the page to register for a specific date.

Participants in this course will be able to:

  • Define “open” in the context of OER.
  • Differentiate OER from freely available materials found online.
  • Explain the potential benefits of OER for instructors, for students, and for SAIT.

Foundations of OER 2: Copyright & Licensing

Description: This course will explore how copyright and open licensing is related, and how to identify the appropriate open licence for different educational scenarios.

Duration: 1-2 hours self-directed learning, 2-hour workshop

Dates:  May 13, 10:00am-12:00pm, Teams
             June 10, 2:00pm-4:00pm, on-campus

Register Now  On the new page, click the blue button to view the course content. Then select 'workshop' from the left hand side of the page to register for a specific date.

Participants in this course will be able to:

  • Describe the concepts of copyright, fair dealing, open licensing, and public domain.
  • Define the different Creative Commons licenses.
  • Match appropriate attribution statements to different scenarios.

Foundations of OER 3: Finding OER

Description: In this course, you will learn about the most popular OER repositories, as well as how to efficiently locate subject specific OER.

Duration: 1.5-hour self-directed learning, 2-hour workshop

Dates:  May 16, 8:30am-10:30am, Teams
             June 11, 12:30pm-2:30pm, on-campus
            

Register Now   On the new page, click the blue button to view the course content. Then select 'workshop' from the left hand side of the page to register for a specific date.

Participants in this course will be able to:

  • Select appropriate OER search engines and repositories.
  • Use advanced searching strategies to locate relevant OER for their courses.
  • Apply SAIT’s OER evaluation rubric on located materials.

Foundations of OER 4: Using OER at SAIT

Description: This course reviews the procedures and policies in place to use OER at SAIT.

Duration: 1.5-hour self-directed learning, 1.5-hour workshop

Dates:  May 16, 10:30am-12:00pm, Teams
             June 11, 2:30pm-4:00pm, on-campus

Register Now   On the new page, click the blue button to view the course content. Then select 'workshop' from the left hand side of the page to register for a specific date.

Participants in this course will be able to:

  • Describe the process to adopt, adapt, or create an OER at SAIT.
  • List accessibility and technological best practices for using OER.
  • Describe the appropriate Creative Commons license for your material.
  • Identify hosting options to improve discoverability.

Foundations of OER 5: Teaching with OER

Description: In this course, you will learn of the benefits of using OER to teach and collaborate with students, as well as practical steps to implement OER in your instructional practices.

Duration: 1.5-hour self-directed learning, 1.5-hour workshop

Dates:  May 23, 8:30am-10:00pm, Teams
             June 13, 12:30pm-2:00pm, on-campus

Register Now   On the new page, click the blue button to view the course content. Then select 'workshop' from the left hand side of the page to register for a specific date.

Participants in this course will be able to:

  • Define “open pedagogy” (OP) in relation to OER
  • Present the potential benefits of collaborating on the creation and use of OER
  • Analyze examples of collaborative projects involving faculty and students

Foundations of OER 6: Creating OER

Description: In this course, you will learn about SAIT’s OER publishing process, including the departments and resources available to support that work. Participants will leave the course will a draft workflow for their personal OER project.

Duration: 1-2 hours self-directed learning, 2-hour workshop

Dates:  May 23, 10:00am-12:00pm, Teams
             June 13, 2:00pm-4:00pm, on-campus

Register Now   On the new page, click the blue button to view the course content. Then select 'workshop' from the left hand side of the page to register for a specific date.

Participants in this course will be able to:

  • Describe the services and departments that support publishing an OER.
  • Summarize the benefits of publishing within this program.
  • Create a customized publishing workflow for a potential project.

Free eBook Available

Interested in learning more about OER? Want to know what is covered in the workshops?

Good News!

Workshop concepts are included in the open licensed, publicly accessible ebook Foundations of OER

Title of ebook Foundations in OER

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