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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

OER Stewards

As open educational resource (OER) movement begins to make significant inroads into post-secondary education in Ontario, Ontario Tech University is poised to make a difference in democratizing access to higher education. With instructors from a variety of Faculties acting as early adopters of OER, to support many support departments across campus, consideration not needs to be given to the development of a sustainable and scalable OER strategy for Ontario Tech. This has been the subject of much debate as OER have increased in popularity.


A framework has been developed to help articulate the shared values and collective vision for OER advocacy on campuses. Because of its ability to link a variety of stakeholders in traditional/formal and non-traditional/informal settings, the framework provides the flexibility for those who are new to OER along with those who are early adopters.

The CARE Framework

The CARE Framework as proposed by Petrides, Levin, and Watson (2018), suggests a four-pronged series of practices that can inform strategies and tactics for OER adoption over time:

  • Contribute: OER stewards actively contribute to efforts, whether financially or via in-kind contributions, to advance the awareness, improvement, and distribution of OER; 
  • Attribute: OER stewards practice conspicuous attribution, ensuring that all who create or remix OER are properly and clearly credited for their contributions; 
  • Release: OER stewards ensure OER can be released and used beyond the course and platform in which it was created or delivered; 
  • Empower: OER stewards are inclusive and strive to meet the diverse needs of all learners, including by supporting the participation of new and non-traditional voices in OER creation and adoption.

The CARE Framework of the OER Stewards. Adapted from Toward a Sustainable OER Ecosystem: The Case for OER Stewardship, by Petrides, Levin, and Watson (2018), licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Attribution: Adapted from Toward a Sustainable OER Ecosystem: The Case for OER Stewardship, by Petrides, Levin, and Watson (2018), licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

OER Stewards Membership

The CARE Stewardship Framework encourages participation from OER advocates with the flexibility to participate in ways that are meaningful to the stewards themselves and to the campus community. The OER Stewards at Ontario Tech would serve as a group to provide awareness, education, support, knowledge-sharing, and advocacy for OER, rather than centrally administrating all OER efforts. While those with an interest in participating in these principles are encouraged to join, ideal representation will also include:

  • Teaching and Learning Centre
  • Library
  • Faculties
  • Centre for Institutional Quality Enhancement
  • Student Union
  • Learning Innovation

OER Stewards would meet bi-monthly to keep the group informed of their individual activities and report on progress on self-selected objectives. Opportunities would exist to participate in activities that align with individual goals and at a level that each individual feels comfortable in order to promote longevity among members.


  • Follow the CARE Framework to support OER initiatives
  • Promote institutional awareness of OER
  • Coordination of communication regarding OER initiatives, including OER creation, adaptation, and adoption
  • Coordination and/or execution of educational and support opportunities that further community members’ comfort and familiarity with OER
  • Coordination and/or execution of educational and support opportunities to support creation or adoption of OER
  • Support the university’s commitment to OER

Join the OER Stewards

The OER Stewards welcome students, staff, and faculty at Ontario Tech who have an interest in Open Education to join the OER Stewards. Express your interest by telling us a bit about yourself with the form here.

2019-2020 OER Stewards at Ontario Tech

  • Nik Vantfoort
  • Tess Pierce
  • Michael Guy
  • Nelson Lafreniere
  • Fiona McArthur
  • Emily Tufts
  • Elita Partosoedarso
  • Jeremy Bradbury
  • Bridgette Atkins
  • Theresa Miedema
  • Jeanette Oliveira
  • Deborah Treftlin
  • Joseph MacMillan
  • Kate Gibbings
  • Sharon Lauricella
  • Robert Bailey
  • Sarah Stokes

Meeting Information and Resources

July 26, 2019 at 9 a.m. - Meeting Slides