New Report from CARL’s OEWG: Environmental Scan of Open Education Service and Support in Canada

Monday, June 29, 2020. – The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) wishes to announce the publication of a new report by its Open Education Working Group (OEWG) that examines the landscape of regional and institutional post-secondary support for open education in Canada.

This comprehensive environmental scan of Canadian institutional and regional open education initiatives presents a summary and analysis of support models, services, technologies, and success stories. This report contributes an essential glimpse at the state of open education in Canada, and highlights regional variations, strengths and weaknesses of current approaches, as well as gaps and opportunities. The contents are based on a scan that was undertaken from June to December 2019, primarily involving publicly available information on institutions’ and organizations’ websites. The authors recognize that this methodology may have missed significant Canadian initiatives. CARL therefore invites anyone whose contributions have been missed to provide additions and corrections via the commenting feature on the project’s data capture spreadsheet.

The report is authored by the following members of the OEWG: Nicole Askin (University of Manitoba), Mélanie Brunet (University of Ottawa), Rosarie Coughlan (Queen’s University), Caroline Daniels (Kwantlen Polytechnic University), Jean-François Durnin (Université de Montréal), Manisha Khetarpal (Maskwacis College), Ann Ludbrook (Ryerson University), Laurie Morrison (Brock University), and Ann Smith (Acadia University). CARL wishes to thank the authors for their commitment to this important and expansive project.

> Full text of report – English (PDF)

> Full text of report – French (PDF)

Two of the authors of this report, Mélanie Brunet and Laurie Morrison, presented a webinar that summarized the findings of the environmental scan in January 2020. You can access the recording of this webinar on CARL’s YouTube channel.

More information about the CARL Open Repositories Working Group is available on the CARL website.

CARL members include Canada’s twenty-nine largest university libraries as well as two national libraries. Enhancing research and higher education are at the heart of its mission. CARL develops the capacity to support this mission, promotes effective and sustainable scholarly communication, and public policy that enables broad access to scholarly information.

For more information, please contact:
Lise Brin, Program Officer