Open Educational Resources (OER) Panel


Thursday June 29th, 2017


Room B

David Porter, Lindsay Tripp, and Heather Martin

Open educational resources (OER) offer a host of benefits, not the least of which are cost-savings for students and pedagogical flexibility for instructors. This panel discussion explores the intersection of open education advocacy and copyright. Lindsay Tripp revisits an idea explored at last year’s ABC Conference, that copyright managers at post-secondary institutions are well positioned to advocate for open education. Heather Martin shares the results of a student survey that raises questions about traditional course materials and whether the move to open is inevitable in the context of the current post-secondary copyright framework. David Porter explains how eCampusOntario’s work in the post-secondary sector is focussing on open educational practices, with a goal of implementing good public policy using open licenses for government sponsored curricular materials.

(Concurrent session)



David Porter

Dr. David Porter is the CEO of eCampusOntario, the primary face of the Ontario Online Learning Consortium (OOLC), a not-for-profit corporation whose membership is composed of all publicly-funded colleges and universities in Ontario.

David is a long-time advocate for the benefits of adapting new technology to deliver educational opportunities, and has been involved in open and distance learning since the 1990s, at both the K-12 and higher education levels.

David was formerly Associate VP Educational Support and Innovation at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. For 11 years, David was the Executive Director of BCcampus. During his term at BCcampus, David and his team engineered Canada’s first government funded open textbook program, a leading-edge move in higher education in 2012.

David has also worked as a project leader and consultant for international open and distance learning projects, most recently in Mongolia, Malaysia, and Vietnam. He is a co-editor of the International Journal of eLearning and Distance Education (, an open access journal.

Heather Martin

Heather is the Copyright Officer at the University of Guelph, and also manages the Library’s E-Learning and Reserves Services team. Her latest project is chairing the University of Guelph’s task force on Accessible and Affordable Course Content and Open Educational Resources.

Lindsay Tripp

Lindsay is the Copyright Librarian at Langara College in Vancouver, BC. In 2016, she helped found the College’s Open Education Advisory Committee, Open Langara. As Open Langara’s co-lead, she supports open education initiatives on campus and the College’s participation in the wider open education community. Lindsay also belongs to the BC Open Education Librarians (BCOEL), a group of academic librarians exploring ways to foster use of quality OER among faculty and students. She proudly champions equitable access to affordable education.