Since 2017 Saitsa has been advocating for Open Educational Resources (OER’s); according to the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, OER’s are “teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property licence that permits their free use and re-purposing by others.” By providing course materials for free, OER’s increase student access to course materials while also decreasing the financial burden on students and their families. This award serves to recognize and celebrate instructors who demonstrate exemplary use of OER’s within their class/course.
Any student, or staff of SAIT or Saitsa may nominate an instructor who utilizes OER’s within their course or program. Nominations are to include the following:
Nominators are encouraged to include specific examples of how the OER contributed to their or a students’ overall experience in the classroom and experiences as a SAIT student.
The number of nominations an instructor receives may contribute to the selection of a recipient; however, those instructors who have had a considerable impact on one individual will also be carefully considered. The Awards Selection Committee will select one recipient. Preference may be given to an instructor who has not previously won an award, or who has not won in the last two years.