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The Library Open Educational Resources (OER) Grant Program is supported by the Office of the Chief Librarian and reflects the Library’s commitment to supporting the creation, adaptation and adoption of Open Educational Resources for use in the classroom. OER are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others.

OER include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge (Hewlett Foundation). For students, Open Educational Resources are a welcome alternative to  the high cost of textbooks and educational materials which can be a barrier to learning.  For faculty members, Open Educational Resources provide the flexibility to adapt course material to the course and pedagogical style rather than adapt the course and pedagogy to a static resource.

These grants advance the University’s priorities to foster an innovation ecosystem and ensure excellence in student learning experiences, and build on the TMU Library’s digital initiatives, expertise in Open Access and Open Education Resource publishing and dissemination, and academic priorities of access and openness.

Applications for the 2023 Library OER Grants have recently closed.

2023-2024 Grant Recipients

Jennifer Lapum, Nursing, Neurological Assessment for the Nursing Professional

Na Yu, Mathematics, Digital textbook for integral calculus

Enza Gucciardi, Nutrition, Anti-black Racism in Dietetic Practice

2022-2023 Grant Recipients

Steve Gedeon, TRSM, Entrepreneurship and Strategy Department for Building an Entrepreneurial Mindset

Chris MacDonald, TRSM, Law and Business for The Concise Encyclopedia of Business Ethics

Chris Gibbs, Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management for Financial Management for Creatives

2020-2022 Grant Recipients

Anthony Francescucci, Department of Marketing, Ted Rogers School of Management for Principles of Marketing

2019-2020 Grant Recipients

Michael Carter, Creative Industries, for Into the Longhouse, Around the Medicine Wheel 

Jennifer Lapum, Nursing, for Physical Examination Techniques: A Nurse’s Guide 

Jacqui Gingras, Sociology, Critical and Indigenous Perspectives on the Sociology of Education in Canada 

For more information on these projects, see the Library’s 2019-2020 OER Grant Recipients blog post.

2018-2019 Grant Recipients

Jennifer Lapum, Nursing, for Scholarly Writing in Nursing Education

Adrian Ma, Journalism, for 360 Essentials: A Beginner’s Guide to Immersive Video Storytelling

Gosha Zywno and Frankie Stewart, Electrical Engineering, for Introduction to Control Systems