Library OER grant recipients and projects

The University of Ottawa Library is pleased to feature OER grant recipients and their projects over the years.


Elaine Beaulieu, Assistant Professor and Teaching Innovation Coordinator, Department of Biology (Faculty of Science)  

“Saving each student $113.35 per year; a continuing project” ($6,000) (Adaptation)

This project aims to adapt and translate the last four chapters of OpenStax’s Biology 2e related to cell and molecular biology, which will cover all the course content for BIO 1540 and thus saving each student over $100. The adaptation will be added to the eight chapters completed over the last two years under previous grants and available in Introduction à la biologie cellulaire et moléculaire on Pressbooks.  

Adam Brown, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology (Faculty of Science) and Faculty of Education

“Creating a series of high-quality and engaging documentary-style videos to provide students with a valuable informal online learning resource in ‘The Human Animal’” ($7,492) (Creation)

The project aims to create a documentary series of four episodes for BIO1300 The Human Animal (which looks at humans from an evolutionary perspective) that will discuss the evolution of the human brain, the psychological development of our socio-emotional systems, and the causes of and therapeutic treatments for trauma-based and socio-emotional disorders. These topics will be discussed from a biological perspective, coupled with a compassionate goal towards healing and wellness.

Lisa D’Ambrosio, Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Immunology (Faculty of Medicine)

“Creation of open H5P problem sets in French and English to support laboratory learning of experimental design in Translational and Molecular Medicine” ($6,655) (Creation)

The objective of this project is to create H5P problem sets that can be used or adapted in any TMM laboratory course to develop students’ competencies in experimental design. These interactive activities will cover hypotheses creation, experimental design, positive controls and negative controls. The project will serve as a platform for co-creation of future OER as sustainable assignments to support teaching and learning needs in TMM.  

Peter Farrell, Research Librarian, Library

“Adapting and translating an existing OER on comprehensive searching in the health sciences” ($6,000) (Adaptation)

This project aims to adapt and translate “Searching the Literature: A Guide to Comprehensive Searching in the Health Sciences” created by the University of Toronto Libraries to the University of Ottawa context to further support four knowledge synthesis courses in the schools of Epidemiology and Public Health, Nursing, Rehabilitation Sciences, and Engineering Design and Teaching Innovation.  

Melissa A. Fernandez, Assistant Professor, School of Nutrition Sciences (Faculty of Health Sciences)    

“Management Principles for Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals” ($5,953) (Adaptation)

This project aims to prepare a French-language foodservice management resource adapted to Canadian practice by translating and adapting content from eight open educational resources currently available only in English. This OER will cover the following topics: the foodservice industry, management and leadership, teamwork and conflict management, human resources management, financial resources management, and marketing.

Julia Hussien, Clinical Research Associate, School of Human Kinetics (Faculty of Health Sciences)

“Applying Newell’s model of constraints to human motor development: An academic co-creation" ($7,496) (Creation)

Following Newell’s Model of Constraints (factors that act as barriers to human movement and factors that facilitate or encourage human movement), this OER will employ co-creation efforts with previous and upcoming APA3121 students to organize the Human Motor Skill Development course content into five sections: individual structural constraints, individual functional constraints, task constraints, environmental physical constraints, and environmental sociocultural constraints.

Anders Knudby, Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics (Faculty of Arts)

“OER textbook for GEG2320 and GEG2720” ($7,425) (Creation)

This project will develop an OER textbook specifically designed for GEG2320 GIS and the Digital Earth and GEG2720 SIG et la Terre numérique as it is currently taught, and will align with OER computer-based exercises already developed for the same courses.

Julien Leclair-Dionne, Part-time Professor (LTA), Telfer School of Management

“Digital Horizons: An introduction to information systems” ($7,500) (Creation)

This project aims to create an open digital textbook in French for ADM 1770 Applications des technologies de l'information en gestion, ADM 2772 Systèmes d'information de gestion, and ADM 3779 Conception de systèmes d'information, développement et performance courses. Topics include: modeling and databases, cloud solutions, artificial intelligence and disruptive innovations, business process modeling, optimized supply chain management, e-commerce strategies, information systems architecture principles, and information security and ethics.

Katherine Moreau, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education

“Conversation starters in health professions education: A new podcast” ($7,383) (Creation)

This project aims to create three 40-minute episodes for a new podcast to be used in two courses in the graduate program in Health Professions Education. Each episode will include an introduction, an interview with two guests (one clinician and one non-clinician) who will share how they collaborated to solve a HPE problem, and a conclusion with follow-up resources and readings. HPE concentration students will be surveyed to determine which guests and problems/projects will be beneficial to their learning.

Erin Parkes, Adjunct Professor, School of Music (Faculty of Arts)

“Improving inclusivity and accessibility in the performing arts: Adaptive performance resources, practices, and learning materials” ($7,494) (Creation)

The purpose of this project is to create three modules on adaptive performances for 
neurodiverse and disability communities to advance inclusive artistic practice in education and beyond. The modules will include topics of long-term, dementia/Alzheimer care, palliative care and healthcare, performances, adaptive performances, and general inclusivity, accessibility, and equitable practices broadly applicable to the performing arts for presenters, practitioners, performers, volunteers, policy makers, and educators.

Darrin Wijeyaratnam, Part-time Professor, School of Human Kinetics (Faculty of Health Sciences)

“Principles, procedures and performance: Exploring psychomotor behaviour in the laboratory” ($7,500) (Creation)

This project aims to develop a resource that empowers students to deeply engage with the theories and concepts of psychomotor behaviour through real-world laboratory activities. It will focus on three foundational topics: information processing, sensorimotor functions, and motor skill learning and performance. The resource will include comprehensive coverage of well-established theories, models of behaviour, schools of thought, and relevant research findings to provide students with a solid understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of psychomotor behaviour.  

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