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OCAD U Library 2020 Winter: Open Access

OCAD U Open Research Repository Update

OCAD U Open Research Repository Update

Repository download statistics in a pie chartIn 2019 204 items were uploaded to the repository including 94 conference items, 90 theses and MRPs, and 13 journal articles. Collections added included the entire 2018 Proceedings of the Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSD7) Symposium. In addition to book chapters and reports, we also had a more unusual deposit: a deck of cards! The Dobble Debate card game is a product of a SSHRC-funded umbrella project that uses games, humour and imagination to promote discussion and education about dis- and differing abilities. From the abstract:

The initial analogue card game developed for this project is intended for use in learning situations with people who may have varying degrees of experience with differing abilities. It is intergenerational, adaptable to alternative gameplay and can be modified to be used by people with dis- and differing abilities. The game promotes, through its iterative and narrative methodology, understanding, cross-fertilization, knowledge mobility and community.


There were over 75,000 downloads of OCAD U creative and research items in 2019 including 9,000 in May alone. Research from all three faculties were added including Becoming music (Art), Design and evaluation of an audio game-inspired auditory map interface (Design), and Situ: Researching corporate diversity initiatives with game developers (Liberal Arts & Sciences), 

Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources (OER)

March 2-6 is Open Education Week. Last year the Learning Zone hosted Guerrilla Education! A Very Hands-On Open Education Week Event. Faculty, librarians, and staff gathered to discuss how we can use collaboration and technology to remove barriers from education. "Open Education encompasses resources, tools and practices that are free of legal, financial, and technical barriers and can be fully used, shared and adapted in the digital environment. Open Education maximizes the power of the Internet to make education more affordable, accessible and effective" (SPARC). To get involved in upcoming Open Education planning eCampus Ontario is hosting a webinar, Get ready for Open Education Week! on January 14. 

Join eCampusOntario for the Ontario Open Library Network's monthly webinar. This month we'll be talking about planning for Open Education Week. We'll hear from a panel of educators from different institutions who have planned interesting, out-of-the-box events for Open Education Week and talk about tips and tricks for making this year's events a success.

This Introduction to OER guide from Ryerson University explains the basics of OERs and provides a list of resources to discover open textbooks. These include eCampusOntario's Open Library of discoverable and adaptable open textbooks. . 

While not strictly OERs, Open Humanities Press provides access to a collection of open access scholarly texts with a focus on critical and cultural theory.

How Do I Get My Work in the OCAD U Repository?

  1. Contact Chris Landry, Scholarly Communications Librarian for assistance, or
  2. Self-deposit at using your OCAD U login credentials. 

For info on self-deposit, see our self-deposit guide

Scholarly Communications Librarian

Chris Landry
Scholarly Communications Librarian
T 416 977 6000 x224

Contact me for questions regarding

  • Repository services
  • Open Access publishing
  • Funder requirements regarding open access or open data
  • Collaborating on digitizing past or present research or creative materials 
  • Open Educational Resources (OERs)
  • Research Data Management
  • Research metrics

For more information on Scholarly Communications at OCAD U visit our Scholarly Communications library guide