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Winter 2021

January 18 Workshop 1


Workshop 1: Tools for Creating OER Part I - Monday January 18th 10:30 - 11:15 am

The OER Program facilitated a session on open-source tools for creating open educational resources. The session was presented by Dr. Robert Petry from Campion College, University of Regina, who has been using open-source tools to create open educational resources for many years. His session surveyed the following plain text open source tools for OER development:

  • Advantage of a plain text format (as opposed to Wysiwyg) for writing a textbook.
  • Separating content from presentation: The power of LaTeX but its limitations with regard to web-based books.
  • Pandoc for format conversion and Pandoc Markdown as a simple readable source for PDF, web, and other document outputs.
  • PreTeXt - an XML markup language for creating web and print textbooks.
  • Future directions: Creating a PreTeXT markdown language.

The recording for the Zoom session is shown below.

 The presentation file can be downloaded from the link: assets/open_textbook_presentation.pdf

February 10 Workshop 2

Workshop 2: OER Showcase of Projects I - Wednesday 10th February 10:00 - 11:15 am

The OER Publishing Program hosted a session showcasing current and completed open educational resource projects. Presenters from across the University community gave brief glimpses into their projects. The following were the scheduled presenters with their projects:

  1. Canada Speeches from the Throne, Professor Raymond Blake, Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies, Faculty of Arts, Department of History
  2. Geosciences Virtual Field Trip, Monica Cliveti, Department of Geology
  3. Instructor Guide, Gilbert Niyoyita, CCE Flexible Learning
  4. OER by Discipline Resource Guide: University of Regina, Arlysse Quiring, Dr. John Archer Library

The session recording is shown below.

 The presentation files are available from the links below.

  1. Monica Cliveti assets/GeoScienceVirtualFieldTrip.pdf
  2. Gilbert Niyoyita assets/InstructorGuidePresentationGilbertNFLD.pptx
  3. Arlysse Quiring assets/ArcherLibraryPressbooksProjectPresentation2021.pptx


March 4 Workshop 3

Workshop 3: Creative Commons Licensing - Thursday March 4 10:00 am

As part of Open Education Week (March 1 - 5), the OER Publishing Program and the Dr. John Archer Library facilitating this workshop. The presenters were Christina Winter and Brad Doerksen from the Dr. John Archer Library. The topics included:

  1. Understanding Creative Commons licenses when creating and sharing your own learning resources
  2. Finding and using existing resources that have been published with a CC license
  3. Implications and considerations when including existing CC licensed resources in a resource you are creating.

The link to the session recording is shown below.

 The presentation file is available at the link CC Licenses presentation [PDF]. To complement this session, CARL-ABRC has created a short self-directed bilingual instructional modules on Copyright Open Educational Resource for University Instructors and Staff [HTML].


March 23 Workshop 4

Workshop 4: Adding interactivity with H5P - Tuesday March 23 10:00 am

The OER Program facilitated a session on adding interactivity to open educational resources created in Pressbooks. The presenter of this session was Michelle vanGinneken, an Instructional Designer in the Flexible Learning Division. The session covered the topics:

  1. What is an H5P
  2. Content options
  3. Pressbook integration
  4. Uses
  5. U of R examples
  6. Considerations

The link to the session recording is shown below.

The presentation file H5P Presentation [PPT] is available and can be downloaded.


March 29 Workshop 5

Workshop 5: OER Showcase of Projects II - Monday March 29 2:00- 3:45 pm

The OER Program hosted a showcase of current and completed projects. Presenters from across the University of Regina community  gave brief glimpses into their projects. The following is a list of the scheduled presenters and their projects:

  1. Financial Empowerment: Personal Finance for Indigenous and Non-Indigenous People, Dr. Bettina Schneider, Associate Dean, Community, Research & Graduate Programs, First Nations University
  2. Economics Slide Deck, Dr. Iryna Khovrenkov, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy
  3. Introductory Physical Geology Laboratory Manual – First Canadian Edition, Dr. Joyce McBeth, Department of Geology
  4. Computer Programming textbook, Alireza Manashty, Director of Data Science Laboratory, Department of Computer Science
  5. Flexible Learning and LIVE-streamed Courses, Michelle vanGinneken, CCE Flexible Learning

The link to the recording is shown below.

The presentation files are available from the links below.

  1. Dr. Joyce McBeth Showcase presentation [PDF]
  2. Dr. Alireza Manashty Book presentation [PPT]

May 6 Workshop 7

Workshop 7: The University of Regina OER by Subject Directory

The OER Program and the Dr. John Archer Library launched a new resource listing available OER by discipline. This resource lists a wide range of available open educational resources organized by discipline and will be updated regularly as new resources are identified and completed.

The link to the recording is shown below.

Fall 2021

September 14 Workshop 1

Workshop 1: Book Building and Library Resources

The OER Program and the Dr. John Archer Library delivered this session for faculty and staff. The presenter for this session was Arlysse Quiring from the Dr. John Archer Library. Topics covered in the session were:

  1. Part 1: How to Create a Digital Book in Seven Steps
    • Basic book building
    • Troubleshooting
    • Quick notes on tools and tricks
  2. Part 2: Library Resources and More
    • Pressbooks Directory
    • Connecting Library Resources
    • Library Support Team

The link to the recording is provided below.

October 12 Book launch

The editors of the text, Global Femicide: Indigenous Women and Girls Torn from our Midst, will be hosting a roundtable discussion today, Tuesday October 12 at 2:00 pm SK time. This roundtable discussion served as a launch of the book.

The session was facilitated by Dr. Brenda Anderson and featured editors and authors of the text. The following panelists were in attendance

  1. Elder Betty McKenna
  2. Shauneen Pete
  3. Judy Hughes
  4. Lorenzo Barreno

The link yo the recording is provided below.

The interested reader can access the text at the link Options exist to download various formats of this openly licensed book.

Fall 2020

Open Access Week October 19 - 22

Open Access week is between October 19 – 23. To participate in events during this week, the Open Education Resources Publishing Program is hosting two sessions.  All sessions are open to all faculty, staff and students interested in attending. As with all the events, they will be hosted in Zoom with the details provided.

October 19 Workshop 1

Workshop 1: OER in the Higher Education - Monday October 19th 2-3 pm

This session will cover the following topics:

  • What is the definition of OER?
  • Iron triangle: Cost, Quality and Access
  • How are OER used in teaching?
  • How are OER developed in higher education?
  • What are the licensing options for OER?
  • What are common search sites for OER?
  • What is Open Courseware – examples?
The presentation file can be downloaded: assets/OER-in-higher-Education.pdf

October 22 Workshop 2

Workshop 2: Adopting OER for courses -Thursday October 22nd 2-3pm

  • How to evaluate OER for your course
  • Sources for OER and OCW
  • Refinement of OER – options available
  • Creating reusable content - OCW
  • Benefits of collaborations – OER & OCW

The presentation file can be downloaded: assets/Adopting-OER-for-courses.pdf

November 18 Workshop 3

Workshop 3: OER Roundtable Discussion - Wednesday November 18th 1-2:15pm

 The panel consisted of four presenters for the following topics:

  • Open Educational Practices - Dr. Alec Couros
  • The faculty experience with OER - Dr. Amber Fletcher
  • The student experience with OER - Brenden Lahaye
  • Collaborative Development of OER - Dr. Joan Wagner

The recording for the Zoom session is shown below.

There are two presentations files available for two of the sessions:

Workshops from other OER Programs


 Open Education Global 2020

The OE Global Conference 2020 was held virtually from November 9th to 13th. The presentations are available for viewing, sharing and discussing. Currently, more than 120 of the sessions have archives available fo viewing. You can explore the full session archive along with OEG and YouTube archive web addresses.


Open Education Conference 2020: USG Presentations

At the online Open Education Conference 2020, 36 USG faculty and staff had accepted proposals for conference presentations, panels, showcases, and 10 minute lightning talks. Below are all of the recorded presentations by these USG presenters, including Jeff and Tiffani, ALG Champions, and ALG grantees. The link to the site where one can view the video presentation is The list of presentation titles are:

  1. Accessibility in OER Design
  2. Collaboratively Building an Inclusive OER Music Appreciation Textbook
  3. Discovering Physical Science Concepts from Everyday Materials
  4. Ethical Dilemmas in an Open Technical Communication Textbook: Lessons in Audience Awareness
  5. Faculty, Librarians and Designers, Oh My!: Rounding Out a System-Wide Advocacy Team
  6. Journeys through OER: Past, Present and Future Adventures and Understandings
  7. Our Powers Combined: An Open Ed Collaboration Between a Librarian and a Professor
  8. Redesigning an Open Textbook by Levergaing Media, Pedagogy and Student Collaboration
  9. Reimagining Inclusive design/Policies with OER & Open Pedagogy: Going Beyond Affordability
  10. Renewable Texts/Renewable Assignments: Interrogating Race, Gender and Class Assumptions in OER
  11. Write Once, Publish Everywhere: Developing an Efficient Workflow for Multiplatform OER Publishing


CCCOER Workshops

  1. Culture  Shift to Academic Freedom: Open Education gives faculty the academic freedom to find, adapt, and create materials that are focused on how and what their students need to learn and be successful in their courses.  It takes time and a different approach to your teaching practice. No longer limited by a commercial textbook’s outline of topic materials and lack of access by a significant percentage of their students, a faculty member can engage their students in more meaningful and effective learning experiences. Hear from faculty, an administrator, and a student who are engaged in this sometimes challenging culture shift to reduce inequity and grow our pedagogical practices. Video and slides for this event are available at the link
  2. Decolonizing the course: We’re starting the academic year with a critical discussion that so many educators are struggling with right now. How can we use OER to advance inclusion, address systemic racism, and give a voice to the life experiences of underrepresented people? 

    Join us for this webinar to find out about emerging practices for transforming your instructional materials and practices featuring a librarian, an instructional coach, and a faculty member. Topics range from sourcing images to reflect your students’ culture and identity, reforming your syllabus towards inclusion, and converting your classes to include viewpoints that reflect varied cultural and gendered identities. The video and slides for this event are available at the link

  3. User Friendly OER Course Design for Remote & Face-to-Face: When faculty start using OER, one of the most exciting opportunities that the open license affords is for faculty to customize their courses to fit the needs of their students. In this discussion, we will explore some of the theory and practice around designing engaging, accessible, and inclusive OER courses. We will discuss how using OER can enable faculty to embrace good design principles for student-centered instruction in fully online courses or face-to-face courses, augmented with online components. We’ll discuss the advantages of this approach in our current, COVID-19 world. Video and slides for this event are available at the link
  4. Open Pedagogy with Faculty and Students: Open Pedagogy is a collection of open practices in the classroom made possible by replacing commercial textbooks with open educational resources. These emerging practices enabled by open content licensing (and an open mindset) involve students in making decisions about their own learning experiences and contributing directly to global knowledge to impact not only other students but generate renewable value outside of the classroom. 

    Join us to hear about the learning benefits from faculty and students who have participated in open pedagogy projects that were enabled through the adoption of open education resources and open practices. Learn how students working with instructional designers and librarians have begun to help faculty adopt, create and implement open content across their campus. Video and slides for this event are available at the link

  5. Attributions, Authoring, Platforms: Remixing openly licensed materials from different sources is a hallmark of OER but can make for complicated attributions. The webinar will start with best practices for attribution of curated openly licensed works. Three faculty will then share their experiences authoring and providing attributions of remixed OER in the Pressbooks and Libretexts platforms. Video and slides for this event are available at the link
  6. Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in OER: The OER movement is deeply rooted in ensuring equitable access to information; but there is more we can do to help increase equity, diversity, and inclusion in our resources and practices. Join us for this webinar to learn about the ways in which colleges can consider issues of equity when designing and delivering OER courses and degree programs.  Video and slides for this event are available at the link
  7. Copyright and Licensing with OER: No matter how long you’ve been an advocate of OER, you may sometimes feel like you need a (fun and nuanced) refresher on the nuts and bolts of “open.”  This webinar will engage a panel of experts in a discussion ranging from the basics of copyright and Creative Commons licensing to the tough questions we inevitably encounter when working with open resources. Video and slides for this event are available at the link