10 things to know about Open Education in Manitoba
It’s Open Education Week, and to celebrate this worldwide event, we’re sharing 10 facts about the open education movement, and highlighting its traction in Manitoba.
1. There is an Open Education Initiative in Manitoba
Campus Manitoba launched the Manitoba Open Textbook Initiative in 2015. The goal was to make higher education more accessible by reducing students’ costs through the use of open educational resources (OERs), specifically openly licensed textbooks. So far, students in Manitoba have saved over $368,000 through the use of open textbooks.
2. An OER pilot project happening right now
Red River College and The Manitoba Flexible Learning Hub are currently collaborating to create the first OER under the Manitoba Open Textbook Initiative. The resource is called “Teaching Instructional Methods in Adult Education.” The first module, which focuses on the methodology of teaching adult learners, is nearly complete and will enter the review process this spring.
The project will then work to secure more funding to build out additional modules and create a robust resource that can be adopted, adapted or remixed by other teachers and learners.
3. Manitoba has an open textbook library with 276 resources
On openedmb.ca, you’ll find 276 open textbooks available to use and download. No matter where you’re from or what you’re teaching, you can use the OERs listed on our site or around the web.
Seven of Manitoba’s post-secondary institutions support the use of open textbooks in their programs: Assiniboine Community College, Brandon University, Red River College, University College of the North, Université de Saint-Boniface, University of Manitoba, and University of Winnipeg. To date, they have reported the use of open textbooks in 19 of their courses and programs.
If you use an open textbook or know someone who is, please let us know. This data ensures that the open education movement will continue to gain momentum in Manitoba.
4. Open textbooks are peer-reviewed
Open textbooks in the Manitoba repository are peer-reviewed and of high quality; they’re written by the same experts who write traditional textbooks.
Right now, a $250 honorarium is available to Manitoba instructors for reviewing open textbooks. In the last few years, 17 Manitoba instructors have reviewed 14 textbooks, and one review is currently in progress. There are seven more honorariums available to claim: review a textbook.
5. OERs are live documents
OERs are continuously updated, so they evolve organically. If you have adopted an open textbook and want to ensure you’re using the latest version, you can subscribe to receive notifications as new updates become available. Visit our Open Textbook Collection, click on the title you’re interested in following, then click on “Stay informed about updates to this textbook.”
6. Open education is a national movement
BCcampus: over $10 million in savings for students through open textbook adoptions
eCampus Ontario: nearly $2.2 million in textbook and course material cost savings
The only thing you need to create an OER is a heart to share your knowledge. An OER can be as simple as a lesson or activity, or as robust as a textbook.
If you’re thinking about writing a textbook, consider developing it as an open textbook. Campus Manitoba can help you set the wheel in motion. We can point you to the many support resources available, connect you with experts who will guide you through the process, and identify funding sourcing.
10. Campus Manitoba loves speaking on open textbooks
If you want to share information on OERs with administrators, librarians, or faculty members, contact us to schedule a presentation or lunch and learn.
Campus Manitoba is a consortium of Manitoba’s public post-secondary institutions. Through collaborative projects and shared services, we facilitate student mobility and expand access to post-secondary programs for students in Manitoba. In addition to campusmanitoba.ca, our websites include ecoursesmb.ca, setyourcourse.ca, and openedmb.ca.
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Home to more than 300 open educational resources (OERs), the Manitoba Open Textbook Initiative provides support to help you (as a faculty member) review, adapt and adopt open textbooks. If you’re a student, browse our collection of open textbooks that you can read, download or print for free.
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