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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Open Education

Open Educational Resources, or OER, refer to any teaching and learning materials that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license, such as a Creative Commons License, that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution with no or limited restrictions (UNESCO). 

OERs include open textbooks, course materials, videos, images, lesson plans, games and software.

Open Pedagogy refers to collaborative teaching and learning practices that help educators to advance a culture of sharing and active learning through OER (CLO).

How can we help?

The Library provides support in a number of ways:

  • Identifying relevant OER collections and search tools
  • Finding OERs, including open textbooks, for specific subject and topics
  • Following license terms and copyright guidelines when using others’ work, including proper attribution
  • Sharing your own work using open licenses
  • Using open platforms such as Pressbooks to adapt and create OERs

Contact library@ontariotechu.ca with other questions or assistance. 

For more information, and additional support services at Ontario Tech University:

 

Sources:
UNESCO. Open educational resources. https://en.unesco.org/themes/ict-education/oer
College Libraries Ontario (CLO). OER toolkit. https://tlp-lpa.ca/oer-toolkit/teaching
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