Category Archives: Open Educational Resources

Open Education Resources (OER) Showcase Event

In celebration of Open Education Week 2024University of Victoria Libraries, BCcampus, and Open Education Week 2024 logos.

Please join UVic Libraries, ePublishing Services on Thursday, March 7, from 1:00pm-2:30pm PST, for our Open Educational Resources (OER) Showcase! This event, which is in celebration of Open Education Week 2024, is a panel discussion between UVic authors who have created open textbooks. After the panel discussion, there will be an opportunity for informal discussion over some light refreshments. This is a hybrid event, taking place in the Digital Scholarship Commons and over Zoom. All are welcome!

We are thrilled to have Dr. Rosalie Starzomski, Natalie Boldt, and Dr. Lijun Zhang joining us as panelists!

Dr. Rosalie Starzomski is Professor Emeritus at the School of Nursing. Her open textbook – co-written with Dr. Janet Storch and Dr. Patricia Rodney – is titled Toward a Moral Horizon: Nursing Ethics for Leadership and Practice, 3rd Edition. It is available for download via UVicSpace (the university’s institutional repository).

Natalie Boldt, a co-author of Why Write? A Guide for Students in Canada 2nd Edition will also be joining us as a panelist. Natalie is a PhD candidate in the Department of English and a member of the Centre for Academic Communication team.

Dr. Lijun Zhang is Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Economics.  Dr. Zhang adapted an OpenStax Textbook for the UVic undergraduate course ECON 104: Principles of Macroeconomics.

The panelists will address topics such as:

  • why they chose to go open with their textbook,
  • rewards and challenges of the process,
  • technical aspects of the book’s production,
  • feedback received during the process (e.g., from students and colleagues),
  • what it was like collaborating with UVic Libraries,
  • group dynamics and production workflows,
  • advice they would give to authors contemplating creating open textbooks,
  • and more!

The event will also be an opportunity to launch UVic Libraries’ OER by Discipline Directory, a curated collection of OER resources for the UVic community.

Please contact press@uvic.ca for more information.

Event Information

Date: Thursday, March 7, 2024

Time: 1:00pm-2:30pm, PST

Location: This is a hybrid event, taking place in the Digital Scholarship Commons, UVic Libraries, and on Zoom

Refreshments: Light refreshments will be provided

Registration: via LibCal

Maximizing UVic Libraries eBooks for Students

eTextbooks for Students (Spring 2024)

We are continuing with UVic Libraries eTextbooks for Students project to track the use of library licensed electronic books assigned in courses for the spring 2024 academic term. This project provides a list of electronic versions of course textbooks that are available to students through the Library and supports access and affordability efforts that are important to student success.

eTextbooks for Students complements the Libraries’ advocacy efforts and aligns with its Strategic Directions. With this project, we have the opportunity to scan the university landscape and determine the extent to which the Libraries’ licensed resources are being used at all levels of course work. The Libraries’ expanded eBook collection allows instructors to assign quality course materials, while providing affordable solutions for students.

Savings garnered using library collections improves students’ access to affordable, quality education, and are closely aligned with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #4.

During the 2024 spring term, we believe instructors saved UVic students a total of $213,422.73 by identifying 112 titles used in 94 courses. Please check back here at the beginning of the summer 2024 semester for further savings.

112 eTextbooks in 94 spring 2024 courses are available online through the library. Library licensed eResources saved students $213,422.73 in textbooks.

CALL TO ACTION:

FACULTY: Let us know if you are using an open textbook or UVic Libraries licensed resources for your course this academic year!

STUDENTS: Let us know if you are accessing an open textbook or library licensed resources for your course!

Open Educational Resources Directory for Courses at UVic

The book cover of the OER by Discipline Directory is made up of an exterior image of McPherson library, with the title below it and the University of Victoria Libraries logo underneath that.

ePublishing Services, UVic Libraries is pleased to announce the release of our OER by Discipline Directory. This reference book, which will be updated as new resources are identified, lists a wide range of Open Educational Resources (OER) that may be adopted for courses at UVic. It acts as a referratory where the name of a resource, a link to where it can be accessed, its license, and then a short description of it are provided. 

Our Directory is adapted from the BCcampus Open Education OER by Discipline Directory, which was edited by Lauri M. Aesoph and Josie Gray and uses a CC BY 4.0 license. We are grateful to the editors for all their hard work in putting this resource together, and for allowing others to share and adapt their material. 

The OER by Discipline Directory project complements the Libraries’ advocacy efforts and aligns with its Strategic Directions. By identifying and using OER in their classrooms, UVic instructors can assign quality course materials while providing cost-free solutions for students. These savings improve students’ access to affordable, quality education, and are closely aligned with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals #4. 

Maximizing UVic Libraries eBooks for Students

eTextbooks for Students (Fall 2023)

We are continuing with UVic Libraries etextbooks for students project, started in fall 2021, to track the use of library licensed electronic books assigned in courses for the fall 2023 academic term. The project provides a list of electronic versions of course textbooks that are available to students through the Library and supports access and affordability efforts that are important to student success. 

This project complements the Libraries’ advocacy efforts and aligns with its Strategic Directions. With this project we have the opportunity to scan the university landscape to determine the extent to which the Libraries’ licensed resources are being used at all levels of course work. The Libraries’ expanded ebook collection allows instructors to assign quality course materials, while providing affordable solutions for students. 

These savings improve students’ access to affordable, quality education and are closely aligned with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals #4.

During the 2023 fall term, we believe instructors saved UVic students a total of $436,889.11 by identifying 183 titles used in 160 courses. Please check back here at the beginning of the spring 2024 semester for further savings.

Under the title "Course Materials Available Online Through the Library" the information on the amount of money saved through titles identified in fall courses is repeated. A graphic of a compuet screen with a book on it, and of three bills sit on a white background, bordered by UVic colours of white, yellow, red, and blue.

CALL TO ACTION:

FACULTY: Let us know if you are using an open textbook or UVic Libraries licensed resources for your course this academic year!

STUDENTS: Let us know if you are accessing an open textbook or library licensed resources for your course!

 

Maximizing UVic Libraries eBooks for Students

eTextbooks for Students ( Summer 2023)

In our continuing effort to track the use of library licensed electronic books assigned in courses we identified 81 titles used in 40 courses during the summer semester. We searched the University Bookstore’s textbook catalog to identify titles adopted by instructors. In adopting the Libraries licensed resources for their courses, we believe instructors saved UVic students a total of $40, 944.75 and in doing so created high impact for students’ access and affordability to a quality education. The total savings for the 2022-23 academic year is $835,413.75. These savings improve students’ access to affordable, quality education and is closely aligned with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals #4.

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CALL TO ACTION:

FACULTY: Lets us know if you are using an open textbook or a UVic Libraries licensed resources for you course this academic year.

STUDENTS: Let us know if you are accessing an open textbook or library licensed resources for your course!

Maximizing UVic Libraries eBooks for Students

eTextbooks for Students (2022-2023)

We are continuing with UVic Libraries pilot project, started in fall 2021, to track the use of library licensed electronic books assigned in courses for the spring 2022-23 academic term. The eTextbooks project supports access and affordability efforts that are important to student success. The website lists the ebooks by title, Course number, term, and Instructors’ last name.

This project complements the Libraries’ advocacy efforts around open education resources (OER) and aligns with its Strategic Directions. Our OER initiative includes an annual offering of OER grants, cross-campus collaborations with Learning Teaching Support & Innovation, the Bookstore, and the Undergraduate Student Union (UVSS). The project gave us the opportunity to scan the university landscape to determine the extent to which the Libraries’ licensed resources were being used at all levels of course work. The Libraries’ expanded ebook collection allows instructors to assign quality course materials, while providing affordable solutions for students.

With the assistance of our Young Canada Works intern, Liam McParland, we identified 280 total titles used in 394 courses during the fall and spring terms. We searched the University Bookstore’s textbook catalog to identify titles adopted by instructors. In adopting the Libraries licensed resources for their courses, we believe instructors saved UVic students a total of $794,469 and in doing so created high impact for students’ access and affordability to a quality education. These savings improve students’ access to affordable, quality education and is closely aligned with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals #4.

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CALL TO ACTION:

FACULTY: Lets us know if you are using an open textbook or a UVic Libraries licensed resources for you course this academic year.

STUDENTS: Let us know if you are accessing an open textbook or library licensed resources for your course!

Mobilize Your Knowledge!: An Introduction to Creating Open Textbooks using Pressbooks

Presenter: Liam McParland (University of Victoria)

Are you a UVic faculty member who is interested in creating/adapting and disseminating accessible educational resources? This workshop will introduce you to Pressbooks – an open source, online authoring and publishing platform.

By the end of the workshop, you will be able to:

    • Create and build an e-text
  • Create accessible headings, tables, and footnotes
  • Insert accessible media into your material

When: Wednesday, December 7, 2022
Time: 2:30pm – 3:30pm (Pacific Time – US & Canada)

This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.

UVic Open Education Resource Grant – CFP

The University of Victoria provides grants for the purpose of the adoption, adaptation or development of Open Educational Resources (OERs), with the aim of replacing existing textbooks or other types of educational resources that can be prohibitively expensive. Ideally, the completed OERs will be useable not just at UVic, but other post-secondary institutions.

Open Educational Resource (OER) Grants are offered as a partnership between UVic Libraries (Libraries) and the Division of Learning and Teaching Support and Innovation (LTSI), with invaluable support from the 2020 BCcampus OE Sustainability Grant, as well as the Division of Student Affairs, the University of Victoria Students’ Society (UVSS) and University Systems.

About the Grant

Grant Deadline: January 31, 2023