Open Education Week 2023: Welcome!

Open Education Week March 6-10 2023

Open Education Week / March 6th -10th 2023

Started in 2012 by the Open Education Global as a collaborative, community-built open forum, Open Education (OE) Week seeks to raise awareness and highlight open education efforts worldwide. OE Week provides practitioners, educators and students an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of open educational practices and be inspired by the wonderful work being developed by the community around the world.

NSCC Open Education Week Sessions

Join us on Teams to learn and explore how Open Educational Resources (OER) are being used at NSCC.

1. Open Pedagogy Initiatives at NSCC

Wednesday March 8th, 12:00-1:00
The open education movement is more than just open resources. Join Kate Snyder and Kristina Parlee to learn about current Open Pedagogy Initiatives at NSCC.
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2. OER Basics

Thursday, March 9th,12:00-1:00
If you need an introduction or refresher on what makes instructional content an OER, why it important, how YOU can use it, and what supports are available at NSCC to help you -- this session is for you.
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3. Open Textbooks and Interactivity

Friday, March 10th, 12:00-1:00
This session will explore some of the tools available to insert interactivity into an open textbook. It is surprisingly easy! Join us to learn how you can start using these tools.
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Share Your Use!

Atlantic OER Grant Recipients

NSCC Faculty Awarded 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.

2023 Grant Recipients

  • Neil Coady and Luella Legge
    Project: Foundations of Entrepreneurship
  • Nicholas Phillips, Justin West, Moashella Shortte, and Matthew Sampson
    Project: Land Based Curriculum for the Outdoor Learning Environment

Past Grant Recipients

  • 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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