OER in Development

In Fall 2018, the University of Regina issued a second call for proposals to develop open educational resources. A third, fourth and fifth call were issued for proposals to develop more resources in Fall 2019, Fall 2020 and Fall 2021 respectively. In addition, a sixth call was made in Winter 2022. The following is a list of projects currently under development.

Introduction to Physics by Dr. Nikolay Kolev, Dr. Pierre-Philippe Ouimet, Dr. Olusola Fasunwon and Dr. Arzu Sardarli.

The authors are developing a new open textbook on introductory physics for use in first-year physics courses offered at the University of Regina. The textbook will include a specific focus on the creation of Canadian content, with a special emphasis on Canadian cultures, such as Indigenous Peoples’ traditions.

Qualitative Research Methodology: Aligning Theory and Application by Dr. Amber Fletcher

Dr. Fletcher is creating a new open textbook on research methodology and qualitative methods for second-year social science courses offered at the University of Regina. Clearly written with applied examples and practice activities throughout, this textbook will provide an easy-to-follow introduction to qualitative research methods for undergraduate students, as well as graduate students who are new to qualitative methods. The textbook is aimed at students in multiple social-science disciplines, including sociology, anthropology, psychology, gender studies, education and nursing.

French translation of Leadership and Influencing Change in Nursing by Nursing faculty

This project is currently underway to provide students in the bilingual nursing program with access to the open textbook in French. It is expected that other Canadian French language nursing programs may adopt this text for their programs.

Geosciences Virtual Tour and Tutorials: GEOL 329 & GEOS 329 by Dr. Janis Dale.

Dr. Dale is developing a Virtual Tour and Tutorials to accompany the currently used open access material to enhance teaching and learning in related Geoscience undergraduate classes offered by the Faculty of Science. The Virtual Tour and Tutorials will feature short videos geoscience field research methods including site selection criteria, measurements, sampling and archiving of soils and sediments. These videos will demonstrate proper methods of study in the geoscience field and will enhance student field study experience and supplement required field experience if COVID protocol cancels the field work needed for the course. The videos and tutorials will provide the student an opportunity to conduct field studies vicariously. Several sites have been selected for filming in order to show students the wide variations in soil types and soil properties, Luvisolic soils (Gray wooded and gray near Kamsack), Black Chernozems near Yorkton and Melville, Dark Brown Chernozemic near Balgonie, Solonetzic and Brown Chernozems near Weyburn, Vertisolic soils in Regina and Regosolic soils in the Qu’Appelle and Assiniboine River Valleys.

Geology Laboratory Manual: Dr. Joyce McBeth and J. Armand

Dr. Joyce McBeth and J. Armand are developing a Geology Laboratory Manual to accompany the currently used open-access material in this class. This supplementary resource will enhance teaching and learning in the Geology 201 undergraduate class offered by the Faculty of Science

Biomechanics textbook: Dr. John Barden

Dr. John Barden is developing a new open textbookk from an existing set of open-access resources. The resource will be used by undergraduate students in a core Biomechanics course within the Human Kinetics major in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies. The open textbook will have the following content and aims:

  • Provide students with a background in the Physics and Mathematics required in the program
  • Provide additional background in anatomy/physiology required in the program
  • Provide a highly interactive resource that will make considerable use of digital media
Statistics open textbook: Dr. Arzu Sardarli and Dr. Andrei Volodin

Dr. Arzu Sardarli and Dr. Andrei Volodin are developing an open textbook in Statistics for undergraduate students. This textbooks will be used by students in at least three Introductory Statistics courses at the University of Regina and federated colleges. The open textbook developed will have the following content and aims:

  • Provide examples specific to Canadian context
  • Provide examples with Indigenous content helpful for Indigenous students
Voice Training for student in Music and Performance by Dr. Shannon Holmes and Dr. Melissa Morgan

Dr. Shannon Holmes and Dr. Melissa Morgan are developing a new open textbook from an existing set of open-access resources. The resource will be used by students in voice classes (offered in both the Music and Theatre Departments) to better work independently on their vocal skills away from the studio/classroom setting. This resource will provide instruction and practical exercises that keep a consistent standard regardless of who is teaching the class. This resource also allows students to access new skills when needed while reinforcing the concepts introduced in class. Additionally, this resource serves as a vital teaching tool in situations where the student is not able to be physically in class.

Public Policy and Public Administration Case Study Collection by Dr. Jim Farney, Dr. Martin Boucher & Jamie Mayoh-Bauche

Dr. Jim Farney, Dr. Martin Boucher and Jamie Mayoh-Bauche are developing a Public Policy and Public Administration Case Study Collection which incorporates written case descriptions, introductory videos and resource lists for each case. These will be supplementary resources for use in Public Policy and Public Administration courses in the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School.

Business textbook by Dr. Bill Bonner

Dr. Bill Bonner will develop a single text from three different existing open textbooks. The resulting text will also be supplemented with additional material. Ultimately, the goal is to provide students with a single open textbook for their Business course. Future enhancements to the textbook include addition of audio and video for increased engagement.

Completed Funded OER Projects

Department/Faculty

Author(s)

Title

Year of Completion

Faculty of Nursing

edited by Dr. Joan Wagner

2018

Faculty of Nursing

Dr. Joan Wagner

2018

University of Regina Press

Jean Okimasis

2018

First Nations University, Indigenous Business & Public Administration

Dr. Bettina Schneider

2018

Faculty of Education

edited by Dr. James McNinch and Dr. Marc Spooner

2018

Faculty of Science, Department of Geology

Monica Cliveti

2022

Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy

Dr. Iryna Khovrenkov

2021

Department of Justice Studies

Dr. Muhammad Asadaullah and students

2022

Department of Computer Science

Guili Liu

Computer Sciences Lab pages updates, CS 100 & CS 110

2022

Luther College, Gender, Religion and Critical Studies

edited by Dr. Brenda Anderson, Dr. Mary Hampton and Dr. Wendee Kubik

2021

OER Program & Dr. John Archer Library

edited by Isaac Mulolani and Arlysse Quiring

2021

Department of Social Work

Dr. Bonnie Jeffery and Dr. Nuelle Novik

2022

First Nations University, Indigenous Knowledge and Science

Dr. Arzu Sardarli and Ida Swan

2022

OER Program

edited by Isaac Mulolani

2021

OER Program

Isaac Mulolani

2022

OER Program & Dr. John Archer Library

OER Program and Archer Library

2022

Other Completed Projects

Department/Faculty

Author(s)

Title

Year of Completion


Department of History

Dr. Raymond Blake and students

2020

Media, Art and Performance

Dr. Barbara Reul

2021

Media, Art and Performance

Dr. Lynn Cavanagh (retired)

2022