Strengths and Limitations of Open Educational Resources to Advance Copyright Literacy

  • Julia Guy University of Alberta
  • Michael McNally University of Alberta
  • Kris Joseph University of Alberta
  • Adrian Sheppard University of Alberta
  • Amanda Wakaruk University of Alberta


The proposed paper explores challenges associated with the creation of open educational resources (OER) for Canadian copyright education. Tensions include modeling best practices for open content licensing in copyright-related material, balancing narrative engagement with precise information on a complex subject, creating content for multiple audiences, and the use of open tools for the creation of accessible, adaptable materials. This case study outlines tactics for addressing these tensions, such as balancing a commitment to openness with a focus on engagement, discovery of easy-to-use multimedia tools for adding interactivity, and embracing perspectives outside legal and academic experts during content creation.