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OER in Development

In Fall 2018, the University of Regina issued a second call for proposals to develop open educational resources. A third and fourth call was issued for proposals to develop more resources in Fall 2019 and Fall 2020 respectively. The following is a list of projects under development:

Introduction to Physics by Dr. Nikolay Kolev, Dr. Pierre-Philippe Ouimet, Dr. Olusola Fasunwon and Dr. Arzu Sardarli.

The authors are developing a new open textbook on introductory physics for use in first-year physics courses offered at the University of Regina. The textbook will include a specific focus on the creation of Canadian content, with a special emphasis on Canadian cultures, such as Indigenous Peoples' traditions.

Qualitative Research Methodology: Aligning Theory and Application by Dr. Amber Fletcher

Dr. Fletcher is creating a new open textbook on research methodology and qualitative methods for second-year social science courses offered at the University of Regina. Clearly written with applied examples and practice activities throughout, this textbook will provide an easy-to-follow introduction to qualitative research methods for undergraduate students, as well as graduate students who are new to qualitative methods. The textbook is aimed at students in multiple social-science disciplines, including sociology, anthropology, psychology, gender studies, education and nursing.

French translation of Leadership and Influencing Change in Nursing by Dr. Joan Wagner

This project is currently underway to provide students in the bilingual nursing program with access to the open textbook in French. It is expected that other Canadian French language nursing programs may adopt this text for their programs.

Social work textbook for undergraduate students by Dr. Bonnie Jeffery and Dr. Nuelle Novik.

This textbook will be used by students in a course on rural, remote and northern social work practice at the University of Regina. The project has the following content and aims:

  • To provide an affordable and accessible foundation textbook for a course on rural, remote and northern social work practice;
  • To provide a textbook with content relevant to provincial and Canadian rural, remote and northern communities.

Computer Programming undergraduate textbook by Dr. Alireza Manashty.

Dr. Manashty is developing a new open textbook from an existing set of open-access resources. This resource will be used by the department of Computer Science across all course sections of a high traffic core programming course. The open textbook developed will have the following content and aims:

  • An interactive open online textbook as a coherent learning experience for all students across all sections promoting a uniform positive learning experience
  • To provide an effective learning experience for all students taking the core programming course.
  • Online interactive exercises for student programming practice with auto-correction and immediate feedback.
  • Test-bank questions to support students across semesters with online randomization of questions.
  • Lab tutorial videos to support student completion of labs.
  • Power Point slides or Google slides for students and faculty.

Computer Science Lab Pages: CS100 by Alex Clarke.

Alex Clarke is developing the following materials as an adaptation of an existing open-access resource:

  • Lab pages will be produced to teach hands-on coding in multiple programming languages via examples and lab assignments.
  • Test-banks with increased variety and fairness while providing robust assessments designed to increase academic integrity.
  • Code-block segments of sample code will be colourized to match compiler formats. Blocks will demonstrate code functionality and available for student re-use.
  • FAQs collections of frequently asked questions, problems, and their solutions as part of the lab pages.
  • Illustrations and screenshots added to aid explanation of concepts and provide exemplars of correct code output.
  • Lab template and content management system for all CS labs to follow. The system will be accessible from a range of student devices.
  • Live updating code system that allows instructors and students to write and execute code and provide results within the browser.
  • Video tutorials to explain more complicated concepts.

Geosciences Virtual Tour and Tutorials: GEOL 329 & GEOS 329 by Dr. Janis Dale.

Dr. Dale is developing a Virtual Tour and Tutorials to accompany the currently used open access material to enhance teaching and learning in related Geoscience undergraduate classes offered by the Faculty of Science. The Virtual Tour and Tutorials will feature short videos geoscience field research methods including site selection criteria, measurements, sampling and archiving of soils and sediments. These videos will demonstrate proper methods of study in the geoscience field and will enhance student field study experience and supplement required field experience if COVID protocol cancels the field work needed for the course. The videos and tutorials will provide the student an opportunity to conduct field studies vicariously. Several sites have been selected for filming in order to show students the wide variations in soil types and soil properties, Luvisolic soils (Gray wooded and gray near Kamsack), Black Chernozems near Yorkton and Melville, Dark Brown Chernozemic near Balgonie, Solonetzic and Brown Chernozems near Weyburn, Vertisolic soils in Regina and Regosolic soils in the Qu'Appelle and Assiniboine River Valleys.

Geology 201 Laboratory Manual by Dr. Joyce McBeth and J. Normand

Dr. Joyce McBeth and J. Armand are developing a Geology Laboratory Manual to accompany the currently used open-access material in this class. This supplementary resource will enhance teaching and learning in the Geology 201 undergraduate class offered by the Faculty of Science.

Biomechanics open textbook by Dr. John Barden

Dr. John Barden is developing a new open textbookk from an existing set of open-access resources. The resource will be used by undergraduate students in a core Biomechanics course within the Human Kinetics major in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies. The open textbook will have the following content and aims:

  • Provide students with a background in the Physics and Mathematics required in the program
  • Provide additional background in anatomy/physiology required in the program
  • Provide a highly interactive resource that will make considerable use of digital media

Introductory Statistics open textbook by Dr. Arzu Sardarli and Dr. Andrei Volodin

Dr. Arzu Sardarli and Dr. Andrei Volodin are developing an open textbook in Statistics for undergraduate students. This textbooks will be used by students in at least three Introductory Statistics courses at the University of Regina and federated colleges. The open textbook developed will have the following content and aims:

  • Provide examples specific to Canadian context
  • Provide examples with Indigenous content helpful for Indigenous students

Justice Studies open pedagogy project edited by Dr. Muhammad Asadullah

Dr. Muhammad Asadullah is supervising the development of an open-access volume of articles authored by a group of senior undergraduate Justice Studies students. This will be used to enhance teaching and learning in an Advanced Seminar in Criminal Justice for undergraduate students offered in the Department of Justice Studies

Cree Dictionary of Mathematical Terms by Dr. Arzu Sardarli and Ida Swan

Dr. Arzu Sardarli and Ida Swan are developing a Cree Dictionary to accompany currently used material to enhance teaching and learning in related Cree Indigenous language and Education of Mathematics undergraduate classes offered by First Nations University of Canada.

Completed Projects

The following is a list of projects completed through the OER Program since 2018.

Department/Faculty Authors  Title 
Faculty of Nursing edited by Dr. Joan Wagner Leadership and Influencing Change in Nursing
Faculty of Nursing Dr. Joan Wagner Leadership and Influencing Change in Nursing (PPT)
University of Regina Press Jean Okimasis Cree: Language of the Plains (textbook, workbook, audio labs podcast)
First Nations University, Indigenous Business & Public Administration Dr. Bettina Schneider Financial Empowerment: Personal Finance for Indigenous and Non-Indigenous People
Faculty of Education edited by Dr. James McNinch and Dr. Marc Spooner Dissident Knowledge in Higher Education
Faculty of Science, Department of Geology Monica Cliveti Geosciences Virtual Field Trip
Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy Dr. Iryna Khovrenkov Economics Power Point slide deck
Luther College, Gender, Religion and Critical Studies edited by Dr. Brenda Anderson, Dr. Carrie Bourassa, Dr. Mary Hampton and Dr. Wendee Kubik Femicide: Indigenous Women and Girls Torn from Our Midst