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  • 1. Template Sections for completion: Case Study Title: BCcampus Case Study – OER Licensing Policy and OER Re-use Case Study Country: Canada – specifically British Columbia Type of organisation BCcampus is funded by the Ministry of Advanced Education Address of Organisation Vancouver - BCcampus 200-550 Seymour Street Vancouver. BC V6B 3H6 Tel: 604-412-7657 Victoria - BCcampus 120-645 Fort St. Victoria. BC V8W 1G2 Tel: 250-405-4000 Hyperlink to organisation http://www.bccampus.ca/ Hyperlink to Case Study Source: http://oerwiki.iiep-unesco.org/index.php?title=OER_stories/BCcampus Section 1 – A brief summary of the organisation In the Canadian province of British Columbia the BCcampus OER initiative has been implemented in all 25 public post secondary institutions which provide about 180,000 student spaces to urban and rural students dispersed over an area which is larger than France and Germany combined. All 25 institutions are producing OER and the primary focus of OER development is by multi-institutional partnerships, i.e. these partnerships involve faculty from more than one institution. However the initiative is limited in ‘openness’ to the 25 institutions in British Columbia. The initiative is funded by Ministry of Advanced Education. The Ministry is committed to improving access and expanding post secondary education by adding 25,000 new student spaces by 2010, and one of the aims of BCcampus is to increase the number of post-secondary online resources and services. BCcampus is the
  • 2. Ministry’s web-based gateway for online learning resources and services for providing credit-based online courses in areas of high student demand and labour market need. The annual Online Programe Development Fund (OPDF) provided by the Ministry Of Advanced Education gives funding for the support on inter-institutional collaboration. OERs developed under BCcampus are stored in the Shareable Online Learning Resources repository. Section 5 Policy BCcampus OER developers have the choice of two licensing options when developing OER: • Creative Commons Share Alike-Attribution Canada licence or • The BC Commons licence These licences have three components: • A plain English human-readable deed • A full legal lawyer-readable licence • An icon and script code embedded into each OER which states the terms of the licence However over 90% of the developers have chosen to develop OER using the BC Commons licence. This licence restricts ‘open’ sharing to the British Columbia province, rather than globally as is available via the Creative Commons licence. The choice of the BC Commons licence means that the OER cannot be used by competitors in the private post secondary sector. • BCcampus gives the IP of OER developed through the OPDF to the original developer and not to OPDF • Contractual agreements are between BCcampus and the institutions • In some cases institutional policy has IP resting with the faculty and in others with the institution • Intellectual property rights of OPDF resources is governed by institutional policy where the development is occurring • Any educator in the British Columbia public post secondary sector can use the OER without seeking permission from the OER developer • Faculties in other institutions can adapt OER to fit the way they teach • Users of OER can change and improve the OER, but the changed OER must be contributed to the repository for the benefit of all, and attribution is given to the original OER developer • Attribution of work helps OER developers earn the regard of their peers • Developers can request not to be attributed if they feel changes to an OER do not reflect their views