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2021 Recipients of the AtlanticOER Development Grants

Halifax, NS - The Council of Atlantic University Libraries (CAUL-CBUA) is pleased to announce the first recipients of the newly launched AtlanticOER Development Grants.  AtlanticOER Development Grants (@AtlanticOER) are intended to encourage and support educators in the Atlantic Region in the adaptation, adoption, creation, and curation of open educational resources (OER), and to increase access to course materials for students.  Each grant is for up to $2,000 and is awarded to individuals, departments, groups, or institutions in the Atlantic Provinces to help achieve the following objectives:

  • Support the creation or adaptation of open textbooks and ancillary materials, such as PowerPoint slides, quiz banks, images, and other digital study or interactive aids;
  • Create a variety of OERs developed for use by educators and students in credit-bearing courses;
  • Etablish supportive events for the development of content for OERs, such as sprints (a collaborative in-person or virtual event to create or adapt an open textbook or ancillary resources); or
  • Distribute funds to maximize direct benefit to a wide range of student learners and inquiry across a diversity of disciplines

The 2021 AtlanticOER Development Grant recipients are:

Dr. Erin Mazerolle, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, St. Francis Xavier University

Project: This project will focus on the development of an open electronic textbook and companion lab manual, “Answering Questions with Data”.
Other Team Members: Ms. Margaret Vail, Academic Librarian, St. Francis Xavier University; Dr. Derrick Lee, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, St. Francis Xavier University; Ms. Sherry Neville-MacLean, Lab Instructor, Department of Psychology, St. Francis Xavier University; Dr. Lindsay Berrigan, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, St. Francis Xavier University
Course: PSYC 292: Introductory Statistics for Psychology Research

Dr. Paul De Decker, Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Project: “The Science of Stuttering” (TSS) is a web-based module for use in an existing university or college level course in phonetics, sociolinguistics, or clinical phonetics. It is also suitable for standalone individual use. TSS is created through collaboration with people who stutter (PWS), their families, friends and caregivers and speech language pathologists. This open education resource will introduce learners to issues in stuttering research and help develop skills that will be useful for students considering graduate study in speech language pathology. It is meant to challenge everyone to better understand the lived experiences of PWS and SLPs in the clinical treatment of stuttering.
Other Team Members: Amelia Robinson, Speech-Language Pathologist; Sandy Crowley, Speech-Language Pathologist; Greg O'Grady, Chair, Newfoundland and Labrador Stuttering Association; and Donna Downey, Manager, Media Services, Centre for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, Memorial University
Course: Linguistics 4700: Experimental Phonetics

Dr. Jules Fauteux, Faculty Member, School of Business and Creative Industries, Nova Scotia Community College

Project: This project will adapt four textbooks which have been part of an Open Education Resource (OER) pilot in the School of Business and Creative Industries at Nova Scotia Community College.  The project will facilitate more widespread use of the OER once adapted.  In the 2021/2022 academic year students using these OER textbooks will have consistent access to quality learning resource at no cost to them which will make learning more accessible.  Under the supervision of an instructor, a NSCC student will be engaged to review and suggest improvements to the OER’s so that they are optimized from the student perspective.  The success of this initiative may also encourage other faculty to adopt and adapt more OERs.
Other Team Members: Lynn MacGregor, Copyright Officer, Nova Scotia Community College
Courses: MKTG 1010: Introduction to Marketing I; MKTG 2005: Introduction to Marketing II; BUSI 1015: The Business Environment; PSAL 2010: Professional Selling

Dr. Heather Green, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Saint Mary’s University

Project: This project aims to raise awareness of Northern issues and experiences by incorporating them into post-secondary course curriculum and creating an online teaching module on environmental histories of borders in the North (North American Arctic and subarctic).  A second goal of this project is to incorporate First Nations traditional knowledge and oral history from the North into course material.
Other Team Members: Dr. Jonathan Luedee, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of History, University of Toronto; Dr. Glenn Iceton, Independent Scholar
Course: HIST 2833: Environmental History of North America

Dr. Linda MacDonald, University Teaching Fellow, Rowe School of Business, Dalhousie University

Project: This project is focused on the development of an open textbook that extends existing open textbooks with customized content aimed at an Atlantic Canadian audience; the textbook will reflect the concerns of underrepresented groups and will feature examples drawn from student workplace experiences.
Course: COMM 1715: Business Communications

AtlanticOER-RELAtlantique is powered by CAUL-CBUA and supported by the New Brunswick Student Alliance, the University of Prince Edward Island Students’ Union, and Students Nova Scotia.

For more information, contact:

Cynthia Holt
CAUL-CBUA Executive Director
(902) 830-6467