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Tuesday, October 19 • 10:00am - 10:10am
Challenges and Opportunities of OER at a Bilingual Canadian University

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Promoting the use of open educational resources (OER) at a bilingual university comes with its own challenges. Beyond the common concerns about quality and the time-consuming task of searching for OER on multiple platforms, at a Canadian institution offering over 500 programs in both English and French, a large gap in the availability of OER in these two languages has serious equity implications. While courses taught in English benefit from the availability of resources created in the U.S. or supported by provincial consortia, there is a critical lack of OER in French, especially in the Canadian context. There is a real risk that studying in English becomes more advantageous and affordable, thus further threatening French-language programs.

In this talk, we will address some of the reasons behind the limited availability of OER in French and the difficulty in finding existing OER in that language, and expand on the equity implications of this situation. We will also suggest some solutions and opportunities beyond translating what already exists, including fostering a culture of OER creation in French to equalize access and address the longstanding obstacles of a limited and fragmented market for commercial textbooks in French.

After participating in this session, attendees will be able to:
  • Recognize the equity challenges that can arise in a bilingual context
  • Understand the gap in the availability of French-language OER

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Michelle Brown

Head - Learning & Student Success, University of Ottawa
Michelle Brown is the Head- Learning & Student Success at the University of Ottawa Library.  Prior to this position, she worked for several years as the Liaison Librarian in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa.  Michelle received her MLIS from McGill. She also holds... Read More →
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Mélanie Brunet

Open Education Librarian, Université d'Ottawa
(she/her/hers) Newly appointed Open Education Librarian at the University of Ottawa. 2020-2021 SPARC Open Education Leadership Fellow. Attending #OpenEd21 from Ottawa, Canada, the traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishnaabeg People.

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Tuesday October 19, 2021 10:00am - 10:10am EDT
Room E