Open Education Week 2024: Welcome!

Open Education Week - March 4th - 8th 2024

NSCC Open Education Week Sessions

SDG Week Canada is being held the same week as Open Education Global this year which presents a perfect opportunity to explore the connections and shared goals of Open Education and SDGs.

1. Adopting & Adapting Open Textbooks

Monday, March 4th,12:00-1:00
Link to Session Recording

This session will be of interest to you if:

  • you would like the faculty perspective for what is involved in adopting or adapting open textbooks -- creating a free textbook that more closely matches the outcomes in your courses.
  • you are teaching in the ECE program and would like to learn about the customized open textbooks that have been adapted by NSCC faculty for use in ECE courses.

Early Childhood Education Program

  • 14 open Textbooks -- have been added to NSCC's open textbook publishing platform from Early Childhood Program (ECE) faculty requests.
  • 10 Customized Open Textbooks -- ECE eCampus faculty have adapted [customized the instructional content through remixing, revising, and adding new material] 10 open textbooks
  • Total = 24 Open Textbooks -- with more in development!

2. UNSDG Open Pedagogy Faculty Fellowship and NSCC

Tuesday, March 5th,12:00-1:00
Link to Recording

Learn about NSCC's participation in the UN SDG Open Pedagogy Faculty Fellowship which partners faculty from across the globe, from a diverse range of disciplines, to collaborate on creating open assignments that consider the SDGs. Examples of assignments created as part of this fellowship (with open licences meaning they can be reused, revised, remixed and redistributed), can be found in the NSCC hosted edition of the UN Sustainable Development Goals Open Pedagogy Fellowship Toolkit.

3. OER 101

Wednesday, March 6th,12:00-1:00
Postponed - We will offer this session later this spring.

Curious about OER and want to learn more?
Need an introduction or refresher about using or adapting Open Textbooks?
This session is designed for you. Bring your questions big and small.

4. NSCC Toward Net Zero Workshop

IN PERSON Event. Thursday , March 7th, 9:00-4:00 Ivany Campus
Registration Required. Session is open to NSCC staff and members at CICan institutions - Sign-up Form

The workshop will focus on three themes of climate action all of which are essential in the journey toward reaching net-zero, mitigation, adaptation, and education. On the agenda for the day includes a presentation on NSCC’s newly launched Climate Action Plan, insights from NSCC's new microcredential Climate Literacy for Construction Trades, and a case study on leading action globally.

5. Book Launch - Using Generative AI With Your Students: Ideas for Activities and Assignments

Friday, March 8th, 12:00-1:00
Link to Session Recording

A NEW resource to help you understand and explain what generative AI is, with practical examples of how to use generative AI in the classroom. This new book, adapted for use at NSCC, is an example of how an Open Textbook can be revised and modified to be a better match for NSCC instructors and students.

Join us to learn about Using Generative AI With Your Students and chat with the NSCC authors about their adaptation process.

Are you using an Open Textbook?

Share your thoughts in the Open Textbook Feedback Form
The feedback form is open to both faculty and students.

Atlantic OER Grant Recipients

AtlanticOER Grants.

AtlanticOER Development Grants are intended to encourage and support educators in the Atlantic Region in the adaptation, adoption, creation, and curation of open educational resources (OER), and to increase access to course materials for students.

Contact to learn more about OER grant opportunities.

Past Grant Recipients

  • 2023 AtlanticOER Award -- Neil Coady and Luella Legge
    Project: Foundations of Entrepreneurship
  • 2022 AtlanticOER Award -- Julie Crouse
    Project: Exploring Substance Use in Canada.
  • 2021 AtlanticOER Award - Jules Fauteux
    Project: MKTG 1010: Introduction to Marketing I; MKTG 2005: Introduction to Marketing II; BUSI 1015: The Business Environment; PSAL 2010: Professional Selling

Want to Know More?

For information about using, creating or adapting OER at NSCC contact the NSCC Copyright Office at


> Impact!
Adapting, creating and sharing OER increases dissemination of your work.

> Freedom
Finding, adapting, and creating OER gives you more freedom in your course design by providing opportunities for you to customize and localize your content to the needs of your students.

> Innovation
Open teaching practices allow you to tailor your courses to current research, align outcomes, and engage students as learning partners and co-creators.

> Success
OER ensures that students have the current and relevant course materials they need from day one of the course – they don’t have to spend time searching for older editions, rental options, or other ways of “sharing” textbooks –allowing them to get to work on your course.

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A Powerful Resource

OERs are a powerful resource. They are free to use and don’t require permissions. They can be any kind of learning and teaching resource (textbooks, lesson plans, assignments, test banks etc) in any format (digital or print). What they have in common is an open copyright licence that allows the content to be modified, adapted, shared and redistributed.

This means you can give a digital OER to students for FREE. Yes … zero, no cost! Print versions are also possible and can be printed and shared on a cost recovery basis, a huge benefit for students struggling with the high cost of education.

Open is flexible and adaptable. The open licence allows instructors to use the resource as is, or mix and match with chapters from other OERs to create a new resource based on course outcomes. An OER can also be customized by adding local content or visuals. The key point here is that OERs give the power to you. You have flexibility to make the content relevant to your teaching and course(s).

OERS and Reducing Student Costs

The OER Adoption Impact Calculator


The OER Adoption Impact Calculator helps you understand many of the potential impacts of adopting OER instead of traditionally copyrighted learning materials. The values in the Settings on the left are set to defaults based on the published research referenced below. Change the Settings on the left so that they match your classes in order to see how replacing traditionally copyrighted materials with OER might benefit your students and the College. The information below will update in real time as you make changes.

Credit: Wiley, D. (2018). The OER Adoption Impact Calculator.

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