Open at Scale is a targeted approach to open educational resource (OER) development. It is the decision to focus on a single subject vertical, identify gaps in the landscape, leverage existing assets and build out the rest. The Open at Scale approach originated in Ontario through conversations with passionate practitioners and leaders that saw an opportunity to pursue open education at a systemic level. Open at Scale projects are designed by and for Ontario institutions and supported by eCampusOntario.
What is open education?
According to the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), “Open Education encompasses resources, tools and practices that are free of legal, financial and technical barriers and can be fully used, shared and adapted in the digital environment.” An OER is any material or object that is used for teaching and learning, including video, audio, simulation, textbook, slide deck, activity, assessment and more. eCampusOntario has a library full of them. Browse our collection now.
The Open at Scale initiative focuses on the discovery and development of open educational resources (OER) in a specific discipline. Introductory Business and introductory Nursing were selected for the first iteration.
The Open at Scale – Business OER project is ongoing. Visit business.openatscale.ca for more detail.
The Open at Scale – Nursing OER project is ongoing. Visit nursing.openatscale.ca for more detail.
Get involved or give back
We want to hear from you! The Open at Scale methodology can be scaled, shared and replicated across a variety of institutions, systems and jurisdictions. If you would like to implement an Open at Scale approach in your context, and want to know more about what goes into it, please contact Lena Patterson, Senior Director, Programs and Stakeholder Relations at lpatterson [at] ecampusontario [dot] ca.