CARL Open Education Working Group – Summer 2019 Update

The following is an update on the work of the CARL Open Education Working Group (OEWG) and its task groups. The OEWG was formed in April 2019 and has been diligently working on a number of activities to support the creation of CARL’s open education strategy. We aim to share updates such as this one with the community of open education practitioners on a quarterly basis. More information about CARL OEWG can be found on the CARL Open Education webpage.

Community of Practice Task Group: This group is proposing and developing a community of practice model that fulfills the needs of open education practitioners in Canadian academic libraries. Currently the group is working on developing a communication plan for sharing of documentation from the CARL OER Working Group; identifying and leveraging national and international communication venues to highlight the work of Canadian institutions and celebrate open education successes in Canada; investigating existing communities of practice for open education and provide a recommendation to the CARL OER Working Group for ongoing CoP needs in Canada; and developing a session for the Open Education Leadership Essentials (OeLE) event in January (see “Other news” below for details).

Open Education Brief Task Group: During the CARL/ABRC Open Education Jumpstart event on January 29, 2019 participants expressed a need for a statement about the value and impact of open education within librarianship in Canada. The statement is in draft form and will be sent to the Advancing Research Committee in early September for review.

Open Education Scan Task Group: This task group is working to complete a scan of exemplar open education initiatives in Canadian academic institutions – with a focus on libraries – to help inform national practices. The task group is currently developing a list of all Canadian academic institutions as well as overarching provincial/regional-level organizations working in this area (eg. eCampus Ontario); gathering data about each initiative; and surveying literature and reports about OER initiatives. This information will be presented at a webinar in early January and will help inform the OeLE event.

Other news:

  •  The CARL OEWG is working on developing an Open Education Leadership Essentials event for January 2020 to provide leadership and training for librarians with responsibilities in the area of open education on a national scale. The two day OeLE Event will build capacity, strengthen and unite the national community, and provide foundational training in OE for those who are just entering this field.

If you have any questions, please contact Erin Fields, CARL Visiting Program Officer for Open Education ( or Lise Brin, Program Officer at CARL (