AUGSA report offers recommendations to foster Open Education culture in Canada

October 11, 2012

Canada's PSE institutions are lagging behind the rest of the world in terms of the country's contribution to Open Education, with very few institutions prioritizing Open Education content creation, observes the Athabasca University Graduate Students' Association in a new report. The report identifies several major challenges in terms of moving toward an Open Education culture. These include: quality control; intellectual property issues; establishing the necessary IT infrastructure; developing sustainable business models; certification and assessment needs; and creating inter-university systems that are easily navigable. The report offers suggestions to PSE institutions and stakeholders in Canada on how to foster an Open Education culture. Recommendations include institutional administration incentivizing the creation of Open Educational Resources (OER) and Open Access publications and providing IT support to allow easy sharing and distribution; faculty collaborating with each other to create OER; students expressing concerns to professors about the cost of commercial materials and a preference for OER options when the quality is comparable; and governments making research grants issued by government agencies conditional upon the open-access publication of research results. Report