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Open Educational Resources: Open Education Alberta

A University of Lethbridge Library guide to copyright-free educational resources

Open Education Alberta

Open Education Alberta

Open Education Alberta (OEA) is a province-wide initiative launched in 2020 allowing students and faculty to create and use digital learning materials for free on the Pressbooks platform hosted by the University of Alberta. OEA participation is open to all Alberta post-secondary institutions that have signed a collaboration agreement. For background information, watch this lightning talk on OEA here (6:26).

The University of Lethbridge signed on as an OEA collaborating institution in May 2020. This means all U of L faculty, students, and staff may apply for a free Pressbooks account hosted by the University of Alberta.The process to request a Pressbooks account is mediated by the U of L's two OEA contacts, Joerdis Weilandt, Teaching Centre and Rumi Graham, Library. After completing the request form, please email either Joerdis or Rumi to let us know it has been submitted.

Building Your Open Textbook or Manual

Good places to start

This video, Open Educational Resources: What and Why (3:27) provides an overview of OERs, open textbooks, and the kinds of content you may wish to include in your open textbook or manual.

Licensing

All publications published as part of the Open Education Alberta initiative must be covered by one of the four Creative Commons licenses

  • CC BY (users are only required to provide proper attribution)
  • CC BY-SA (users must provide proper attribution and license new works based on yours under identical terms)
  • CC BY-NC (users must provide proper attribution and new works based on yours must be non-commercial)
  • CC BY-NC-SA (users must provide proper attribution and new works based on yours must be non-commercial and licensed under identical terms)
  • This video, What is Creative Commons? (1:23) provides an overview of how the Creative Commons licensing system works.

Using Pressbooks

Pressbooks is an open source platform for creating and publishing textbooks and manuals that is based on Wordpress. Anyone can sign up for a free Pressbooks account that gives you 5 MB of storage and basic features. Users at Open Education Alberta collaborating institutions may request a full-featured Pressbooks account hosted by the University of Alberta by reaching out to their institution's Open Education Alberta contacts.

This video, Introduction to Using Pressbooks (2:56) gives a brief overview on how creating and publishing a book on the Pressbooks platform works.

Some Pressbook manuals and guides you may find useful:

Workshops

June 8, 2021, 12 pm: Hands-on workshop on Pressbooks

In this 75-minute workshop:

  • learn about the Open Education Alberta initiative
  • find open textbooks you may wish to adapt for your courses
  • understand open licensing basics
  • try out the Pressbooks platform for creating and adapting open textbooks

Register and find out more information here.

Workshop agenda available here.

 

Accessibility

Some resources to help you make your open textbook or manual accessible to students with perceptual and other disabilities: