May 18, 2023 – The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) is proud to announce the release of a comprehensive document, A National Advocacy Framework for Open Educational Resources in Canada, aimed at advancing the adoption and support of open educational resources (OER) across the country.
This framework is the result of collaborative efforts involving diverse stakeholders, including national student groups, provincial open education organizations, scholars, advocates in open education, and representatives from higher education institutions. Its purpose is to help advance and inform advocacy efforts directed at the Federal government. The ultimate goal is to provide guidance to stakeholders in advocating for federal involvement in OER.
An outcome of the work of the Open Educational Resources (OER) National Strategy – Stratégie nationale en matière de ressources éducatives libres (REL) group, a dedicated consortium of stakeholders facilitated by CARL, the Framework was written and reviewed by practitioners and experts from various backgrounds within Canada’s post-secondary system. Divided into six sections and accompanied by five appendices, the document provides a detailed examination of OER in Canadian higher education and its connection with already existing federal programs. It proposes principles to underpin federal involvement and priorities for a national approach to open education.
CARL encourages all stakeholders in the Canadian educational landscape to review the National Advocacy Framework for Open Educational Resources in Canada and actively engage in advocacy efforts to promote federal involvement in OER. By working together, we can foster equitable and accessible education for all Canadians.
For more information, please contact:
Susan Haigh, Executive Director
Canadian Association of Research Libraries/ Association des bibliothèques de recherche du Canada (CARL/ABRC)
309, rue Cooper, bureau 203
The Canadian Association of Research Libraries / Association des bibliothèques de recherche du Canada (CARL/ABRC) is a not-for-profit organization representing the research libraries in Canada. Our members include Canada’s twenty-nine largest university libraries and two federal institutions. CARL supports Canada’s research community by providing leadership in scholarly communication, research infrastructure, and evidence-based research library practices.