OERs at Georgian

What are Open Educational Resources (OERs)?

OERs are free, openly-accessible resources of many shapes and sizes, including (but not limited to!)...5Rs of OER. A blue circle with 5R in the middle has the principles wrapped around it - reuse, revise, remix, redistribute, retain

  • video modules
  • podcasts
  • course outlines
  • interactive activities
  • assignments
  • textbooks and much more!

Image source: Image by BCcampus adapted from
"5R framework" by David Wiley licensed under CC BY 4.0.

Overwhelmed by the idea of creating an OER? Don’t worry!

There are lots of ways you can incorporate OERs into your courses - you don’t have to go straight to writing a complete textbook.

OERs allow you to adapt and build upon the work of others in your field, while improving resource access for your students. This can start small and lead to great things.

Current OER Projects @ Georgian

A number of OER projects are already on the go at Georgian. Take a look at the gallery below to discover what your colleagues are working on. Some projects are "in progress" and some have already been launched for student use. Have a question? Please contact Jen Booth - OER Librarian for more details!

Screenshot- Medical Terminology OER

In use: Building a Medical Terminology Foundation

This OER textbook is the result of collaborative effort from Kimberlee Carter (Conestoga) and Marie Rutherford (Georgian).

This OER was a multi-institutional collaboration with faculty from six institutions as contributors.

CC Licensing: CC-BY
Platform: Pressbooks with H5P elements

Development timeline: January - August, 2020.
Launched: September, 2020

Building a Medical Terminology Foundation is currently in use with students in health administration and health programs in institutions across North America, including Conestoga College & Georgian College.

screenshot of Chemistry - Academic and Career prep

In use: Chemistry - Academic & Career Prep

This OER was adapted by Adrienne Richards and is currently in use for the Fall 2021 semester as a free resource that can be embedded into Blackboard for students in Academic & Career Prep chemistry.

CC Licensing: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0
Platform: LibreTexts using a Remixer
Development timeline: Launched Fall 2020. A new version is being planned.

Screenshot- Therapeutic Communication OER

In progress: Therapeutic Communication for Health Administrators

This OER textbook is a collaborative effort by Kimberlee Carter (Conestoga), Marie Rutherford (Georgian), and Connie Stevens (Sheridan).
This textbook is being developed with support from the eCampusOntario Virtual Learning Strategy. This is a collaborative, multi-institution initiative.

CC Licensing: CC-BY
Platform: Pressbooks with H5P elements.

expected launch: Spring, 2022

Game Simulations for Therapeutic Communication

In progress: Game Simulations for Therapeutic Communication

This OER is a collaborative effort by Kimberlee Carter (Conestoga), Marie Rutherford (Georgian), and Connie Stevens (Sheridan).
This OER is being developed with support from the eCampusOntario Virtual Learning Strategy.

CC Licensing: CC-BY-NC
Platform: TBD

expected launch: February 2022

Coming soon - Comm essentials OER textbook

In progress: Communication Essentials OER Textbook

This OER textbook is a collaborative effort by Amanda Quibell and Emily Cramer at Georgian.
This textbook is being developed with support from the eCampusOntario Virtual Learning Strategy. This textbook will replace an outdated print textbook being used in all Communication Essentials classes, across all Georgian campuses.

CC Licensing: TBD
Platform: Pressbooks with H5P elements.

Development timeline: Fall 2021/Winter 2022
Expected launch: Summer, 2022.

conversational AI - working title - coming soon

In progress: Conversational AI (working title)

Conversational AI (working title) is an effort by Ross Bigelow. Jaret Wright will review. Another technical reviewer is still TBD. This textbook is being developed with support from the eCampus Ontario Virtual Learning Strategy.

CC Licensing: CC0
Platform: Pressbooks with H5P and video elements.
Development timeline: Fall 2021/Winter 2022
Expected launch: May 2022

What are you working on?

Thinking about OERs? Working on a project?

Please contact Jen if you're currently considering or working on an OER project. I'd like to connect, offer support, and feature your work in our gallery.

Contact Jen via email: jen.booth@georgiancollege.ca or connect with me via Teams!

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