Noon Hour Webcasts

Monday, October 21, 2013
What are MOOCs doing to the Open Education?

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Why think about culture in remix?

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
OERu: Blending more affordable education futures

Thursday, October 24, 2013
Cost Savings and User Perceptions of OER

Friday, October 25, 2013
Libraries, OERs, and Open Access

Open Access Initiatives & Activities

The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning: IRRODL, a refereed, open access e-journal that disseminates original research, theory and best practice in open and distance learning worldwide, is available free of charge to anyone with access to the Internet.

AU Space: AU Space contains publications, articles, books, datasets, learning objects, images, blueprints, presentations, audio recordings, technical reports, videos, working papers and more. The role of this digital content repository is to preserve and disseminate Athabasca University’s scholarly materials.

AU Press: AU Press, the centre of publishing expertise at Athabasca University and Canada’s first twenty-first century scholarly press is dedicated to the dissemination of knowledge and research through open access digital journals and monographs, as well as through new electronic media. AU Press will offer its imprint only to scholarship of the highest quality, as determined through peer review.

Open Access Research Policy: Providing access to information and knowledge is a defining feature of both the classical and modern university. High subscription costs charged by some journal owners are causing drastic cuts in the number of subscriptions to scholarly journals available to academics either personally or in libraries. This restriction on access is of concern to both professional scholars and the general public. At the same time, the Web has opened up access to information at a very low cost. These two factors create an opportunity for Athabasca University to make a public commitment to open access research publishing.

UNESCO/COL Chair in OER: The creation of the UNESCO/Commonwealth of Learning Chair in Open Educational Resources brings together the significant commitment and action of Athabasca University in support of open education, and the large international community of interest, the OER Community supported from 2005-2009 at UNESCO by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

What is
Open Access?

Open access is a movement towards open, public access to educational learning resources and scholarly research results.

More about Open Access Week

What are Open Educational Resources?

Digital materials that can be re-used for teaching, learning, research and more, made available for free through open licenses, which allow uses of the materials that would not be easily permitted under copyright alone.

More about Open Educational Resources


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