Earlier this week I was excited and proud to see the publication of our collaborative research with BCcampus. The report Exploring Faculty Use of Open Educational Resources at British Columbia post-secondary institutions explores educator use, perceptions and impacts of OER, open licensing and also examines awareness and use of open textbooks produced by the BCcampus Open Textbook Project (135+ open textbooks to date…).
The report makes a number of recommendations to facilitate the mainstreaming of OER and was co-authored by Rajiv Jhangiani (Kwantlen), Beck Pitt (OER Hub/Open University (UK)), Christina Hendricks (British Columbia), Jessie Key (Vancouver Island) and Clint Lalonde (BCcampus).
A heartfelt thanks to Rajiv, Clint, Christina and Jessie. From our initial emails and Skype calls to meeting face-to-face at the 2015 Open Textbook Summit to co-presenting at OpenEd15 to the final report, it’s been a real privilege and pleasure to work with everyone over the past year or so. Read Clint’s post on our work together and as Clint says “All hail the power of the weak ties in enabling cool stuff to happen.” Here’s to having made those ties stronger and to the power of collaboration!