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It has come to our attention that when our research documents were sent for translation, the term for “Indigenous peoples” was translated incorrectly with a term that is deemed derogatory and has caused harm to Indigenous communities in Canada. We are deeply sorry for this error and would not have released the research documents in such a form if our team had been fluent in the French language. We apologize for any harm this has caused and hope that the newly released research documents will be accepted by the community with the humility and respect it was intended. Nous avons remarqué que lorsque nos documentsRead More →

We were honoured to present our research among so many brilliant, thoughtful, and exceptional advocates and allies of Indigenous culture and knowledge at OEGlobal 2023. Among the amazing keynotes from Darrion Letendre, Sandra Lamouche, and Kayla Lar-Son, and presenters as Jeanien Bell, the community built through tackling difficult and challenging discussions of Indigenous engagement in open education provided us with a sense of the importance and timeliness of this type of research. We are leaving this conference with more questions than answers, and an excitement to listen and elevate Indigenous voices and perspectives in OE. Our presentation slides and group activity are available for review:Read More →

Have you created or supported a Canadian Indigenous Open Educational Resources (OER)*?  Are you employed or affiliated with an institution of higher education?  You are invited to participate in the research study, Foregrounding Indigenous Perspectives: Community and Collaborator Affinities and Conflicts in Open Education.   This research seeks to identify workflows, practices, and unique barriers involved in developing Canadian Indigenous OER.    The requirements for participation include:  Participation in this study involves completing a 15-minute online survey.   Survey participants can choose to be entered into a randomized draw to win 1 of 3 $50 Mastercard Gift Card. If you choose to withdraw from the study during the survey, your entry into the randomized draw will not be impacted. You will need to skip to the end of the survey to enterRead More →

The project is finally ready to enter into the data collection stage as the application to the ethics boards from both the University of British Columbia (UBC) and Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU) is complete. The project team is now working to review and finalize all documents to begin our data collection process. Research Methods The research methods for this study include a survey and semi-structured interviews. Phase 1 – Survey The survey study population will be faculty, staff, students, and community involvement in the creation of Canadian Indigenous OER in higher education. The survey will provide data related to the breadth ofCanadian Indigenous OER development,Read More →

Foregrounding Indigenous Perspectives on Open Education Open education (OE) is often framed as a part of a social justice movement with a focus on transparency, community, accessibility, and affordability. Within this context, OE and open educational resources (OER) have a great potential to develop culturally responsive supports for the sharing of Indigenous Knowledges, language revitalization, and cultural resurgence that is in keeping with the communities’ educational advocacy efforts. However, without a greater understanding of Indigenous communities and stakeholder needs, OE can replicate inequities existing within the very foundations of educational practice instead of being transformative. This session will delve into Indigenous perspectives of the movementRead More →

The Open Education Conference is an annual convening for sharing and learning about open educational resources, open pedagogy, and open education initiatives. This dynamic gathering celebrates the core values of open education that strive to realize education ecosystems that are accessible, affordable, equitable and inclusive to everyone, regardless of their background. Our proposal for the Open Education Conference on November 7-9, 2023 was accepted. Details below: Foregrounding Indigenous Perspectives on Open Education Open education (OE) is often framed as a part of a social justice movement with a focus on transparency, community, accessibility, and affordability. Within this context, OE and open educational resources (OER) haveRead More →

Date: Wednesday, June 21st, 2023 Time: 3-4 p.m. ET Register here (everyone is welcome): https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIof-ygpjgiGtF3tKFfo5iSetxkAizehMv6 The CARL Open Education Working Group invites you to our next call in this series of informal gatherings for individuals involved in open education (OE) in Canada (faculty, instructors, librarians, students, instructional designers, etc.). This month, we are bringing the Canadian open education community together for a discussion on Highlight on Indigenous Open Education. This session will include speakers and an active participation session where you will have an opportunity to share and brainstorm ideas for group discussion. Calls in this series typically take place on the third Wednesday of most months.  While this month’s discussionRead More →

The ethics application for our research proposal has been approved at the University of British Columbia, the principle research campus. A shortened application has been completed at Toronto Metropolitan University. The application should be reviewed with feedback by June 30th, 2023.Read More →

A new collaborative research project, titled Foregrounding Indigenous Perspectives: Community and Collaborator Affinities and Conflicts in Open Education, aims to address a fundamental problem in how open educational practices approach Indigenous Knowledges, and instead replicate colonial concepts of ownership and knowledge transfer. The project will identify gaps in the open education communities’ understanding of Indigenous perspectives through surveys of open educational resource creators, and interviews with Canadian Indigenous faculty, academic educators, librarians, and others involved in the creation of open educational resources and initiatives at various universities and colleges.  “My hope for this project is to have some sense of how we can engage in openRead More →