Thank You For This Special Day

Royal Roads University

Today was a special day. I woke up, put on my Royal Roads University socks, and prepared to defend my Thesis, titled “Breaking Barriers: Understanding and Removing Barriers to OER Use.” I am proud to say that I successfully defended and passed my Thesis, with minor revisions still required to the paper. Soon I will be a proud graduate of the Royal Roads University Master of Arts in Learning and Technology program. I would not be here without my family’s love and support, and friends that encouraged me throughout this academic journey. My wife allowed me to start the program… Read More

Support your students by using Open Educational Resources (OER)

A street sign that says open.

At many higher education institutions, we have reached the crucial time of year where we select our textbooks for the upcoming academic year. Often, we have textbook companies explaining why their books are the best choice, but there is an alternative option that faculty members may not be aware of… Open Educational Resources (OER). What are OER My favourite definition of OER comes from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). UNESCO defines OER as: teaching, learning or research materials that are in the public domain or released with intellectual property licenses that facilitate the free use, adaptation… Read More