LIBR 596 at Canadian Engineering Education Association (CEEA-ACEG) Open Educational Resources (OER) Special Interest Group (SIG)

Name of Organization
Canadian Engineering Education Association (CEEA-ACEG) Open Educational Resources (OER) Special Interest Group (SIG)
2054-6250 Applied Science Lane
Department of Mechanical Engineering
UBC, BC Vancouver
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Supervising Librarian/Archivist
Agnes d’Entremont
(604) 827-1960
Purpose of the project:

Our group is a special interest group formed within our national engineering education association ( One of our group goals is to encourage the sharing of open educational resources (OER) for engineering among educators nationally. A barrier we face to moving this forward is the lack of a central location to share material that can be used by faculty members across Canada (e.g. many institutions have systems (like UBC Circle) that allow submission only from their faculty). Another barrier is that we expect faculty members will want to share a wide range of file types (pdfs, images and videos, but also code, executables, CAD files, and more). The final barrier is that we don’t have the resources to build/maintain a custom system ourselves.

The purpose of this project would be to evaluate the best existing system/combination of systems to allow our members to share a wide range of content and make it findable to others in the organization and beyond. Depending on the work required to complete the evaluation, the project may extend to assisting us in setting up structures (e.g. groups on OER Commons or similar) that would allow us to immediately begin sharing content at the end of the project. (We might look at a second (follow-on) project assisting us in determining how to appropriately tag/categorize content.)

Summary of activities required to carry out the project:
Assemble needs of group/national body (members of the group from across Canada will be available to provide information/feedback)
Determine what existing structures are available (for content hosting, for sharing/searching, or for both in one system)
Suggest which structures best meet the needs of the group for OER sharing
(Help implement the structures (e.g. initial set-up, group webinar), if possible)
Expectations of the end result of the project, for both host and student:
The student will get the opportunity to engage in a needs assessment for a diverse group of professionals, will explore the landscape of OER repositories, will apply professional judgement to recommend a lasting solution for our national organization and will be instrumental in starting a resource that will be used by hundreds of engineering educators teaching thousands of students across Canada. The SIG will get guidance on the best option for a sustainable way to share educational content of many types and from many institutions, and possibly get assistance in setting up/learning to use these systems.
Time periods in which the project could be supervised:
  • Winter Term 2 (January – April)
  • Summer Session, Term 1 (May – June)
Is there a deadline by which the project must be completed?
Not a hard deadline, but ideally we’d like to have some idea of a direction in time for our annual face-to-face meeting in early June.
Suggested coursework (pre-requisites or co-requisites)
To apply for this position, complete the online application form including a resume and cover letter.
Please Note: Students would be responsible for identifying an iSchool faculty member to co-supervise this position, and should apply asap if  interested


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