Appendix A: Organizations and Projects

Last update: Mar 19/19


BCcampus Open Education

Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE-RCIÉ): a national organization of professionals committed to excellence in the provision of innovation in education in Canada.

Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan: This charitable organization maintains the Darakht-e Danesh Library, a digital repository of open educational resources (OERs) for teachers, students on more than 3,000 resources in over 100 subjects, for both primary and secondary teachers, in three languages: Dari, Pashto and English, and hopes to expand into additional Afghan minority languages. The library was created to increase access to quality, locally adapted educational resources.

Creative Commons CanadaEmail, social media: Twitter and first chapter meeting minutes

eCampusOntario: A not-for-profit corporation, is funded by the Government of Ontario to be a centre of excellence in online and technology-enabled learning for all publicly-funded colleges and universities in Ontario.

Manitoba Open Textbook Initiative: On September 11, 2015, Manitoba’s Minister of Education and Advanced Learning  the Manitoba Open Textbook Initiative with the goal of making higher education more accessible by reducing students costs through the use of openly licensed textbooks in Manitoba.

Open Government (Canada): Is about making government more accessible to everyone. Participate in conversations, find data and digital records in the open portal, attend conferences, and learn about the Open Government licence (very similar to the Creative Commons licence).


Achieving the Dream (ATD): A non-governmental U.S. network of community colleges looking to transform education and help students through knowledge sharing, innovative solutions and effective practices and policies.

Building Open Infrastructure at CUNY: This project presents reflections by CUNY Graduate Center faculty, staff, and students on ongoing work on open educational resources and open pedagogy. These projects have been supported by the Teaching and Learning Center and GC Digital Initiatives

Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resource (CCCOER): A growing consortium of community and technical colleges committed to expanding access to education and increasing student success through adoption of open educational policy, practices, and resources.

International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE): Leading global membership organization for online, open and flexible education and draws its membership from institutions, educational authorities, commercial actors, and individuals.

International Development Research Centre (IDRC | CRDI): Supports research in developing countries to create real and lasting change. This knowledge can be used as a tool for addressing pressing global challenges. Open access policy.

North American OER Policies & Projects (from SPARC)

OER Africa: An initiative of Saide, established in 2008 with support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, to collaborate with higher education institutions in Africa in the development and use of Open Educational Resources (OER), to enhance teaching and learning.

OER Hub: Researching open education.

OER Metadata Group:  Establishing OER metadata standards for discovery calling all technical services librarians and OER search engine administrators.

OERu: Connects learners around the world with defined pathways to education, created by recognised educators and assessed by renowned global institutions. The learning is free and credentialing is very affordable.

On the Commons: A commons movement strategy center founded in 2001. Through our efforts, we help build and bring visibility to the commons movement; initiate and catalyze commons work; develop and encourage commons leadership. We believe it is possible to foster a commons-based society, which refers to a shift away from our market-based system, through new, collaborative ways of working.

Open Education Consortium: A non-profit, global, members-based network of open education institutions and organizations. OEC represents its members and provides advocacy and leadership around advancement of open education globally.

Open Education Group: An interdisciplinary research group that conducts research on the impact of OER adoption on a range of educational outcomes and designs and shares methodological and conceptual frameworks for studying the impact of OER adoption.

Open Knowledge International: A global non-profit organisation focused on realising open data’s value to society by helping civil society groups access and use data to take action on social problems. There is a Network of countries participating.

Open Education Working Group (Open Knowledge Foundation):

SPARC (Scholarly Publishing & Access Resources Coalition): Works to enable open sharing of research and educational materials to democratize access to knowledge, accelerate discovery, and increase the return on our investment in research and education.

The Open University

Year of Open: A global focus on open processes, systems, and tools, created through collaborative approaches, that enhance our education, businesses, governments, and organizations.


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Appendix A: Organizations and Projects by Lauri M. Aesoph is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.