New open resources increase access to education

News Release Release Date: September 21, 2018 9:45 a.m.

The University of Regina Press, through the Open Textbook Publishing Program, has released six new open access educational resources in the areas of nursing leadership, Cree language learning, personal finance and higher education.

“We are thankful that the Government of Saskatchewan provided funding to develop these open textbooks for our students,” said Dr. Vianne Timmons, University of Regina President and Vice-Chancellor. “These new digital resources will allow instructors to customize teaching material for their courses, but perhaps most importantly, as free textbooks they will enhance students’ access to high-quality education by reducing overall course costs.”

“Open access materials reduce costs for students and increase access to the latest research,” Advanced Education Minister Tina Beaudry-Mellor said. “These materials are just one more example of innovative thinking that directly benefits students.”

“We are happy to make these books available through open access publishing,” said Bruce Walsh, director and publisher of University of Regina Press.

The six new open educational resources are:

  • Leadership and Influencing Change in Nursing, textbook, edited and co-authored by Dr. Joan Wagner
  • Financial Empowerment: Personal Finance for Indigenous and Non-Indigenous People, textbook, adapted by Dr. Bettina Schneider
  • Cree: Language of the Plains, textbook, by Dr. Jean Okimāsis
  • Cree: Language of the Plains, workbook, by Dr. Jean Okimāsis
  • Cree: Language of the Plains, audio lab, by Dr. Jean Okimāsis
  • Dissident Knowledge in Higher Education, supplementary resource, edited by Dr. James McNinch and Dr. Marc Spooner

These resources are available to download, to print out, or to read online in a variety of formats including PDF, e-book, and html—free of charge—and can be accessed online at:

Open source textbooks can significantly reduce the cost of post-secondary education, for example this past winter semester over 700 students saved approximately $76,000 in a variety of disciplines, such as psychology, economics, and sociology through instructors using open textbooks in their classes.

The Government of Saskatchewan has provided the University with $250,000 in total over the past three years to support production of these publications, collaboration with other post-secondary institutions and encourage knowledge-sharing, and promotion of open educational resources on campus.

About The University of Regina

The University of Regina—with campuses located on Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 territories, the ancestral lands of the Cree, Saulteaux, Dakota, Lakota and Nakoda nations and the homeland of the Métis—is a comprehensive, mid-sized university that traces its roots back to the creation of Regina College in 1911. Today, more than 15,000 students study within the University's 10 faculties, 25 academic departments/schools, 18 research centres and institutes, and three federated colleges (Campion College, First Nations University of Canada, and Luther College). The University of Regina has an established reputation for excellence and innovative programs that lead to undergraduate, master, and doctoral degrees. In 2017, the University of Regina was ranked in the Top 200 Best Young Universities in the world by Times Higher Education.


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