Werklund School of Education


Education (General)

Academic Integrity

An interactive approach to conveying the values of academic integrity, clarifying the meaning of plagiarism, and introducing the basics of citations, quoting and paraphrasing.

Licence: CC BY-NC-SA

Embracing the Challenges of Personalisation in Mass Higher Education

This book is designed to challenge your thinking about current and future practices of personalization in mass higher education. The OER is embedded in the context of digital futures for learning.

Licence: CC BY-SA

Every Teacher is a Language Teacher

This book disseminates practices shared at the annual event Every Teacher is a Language Teacher held at the Faculty of Education (uOttawa) for all first-year Bachelor of Education teacher candidates. For the past two years, the Second Language Education cohort (cL2c) has organized a day of workshops embodying both language learning theory and practical methods and strategies that teacher candidates can immediately implement in their classrooms. This resource responds directly to calls from attendees for a resource that synthesizes the content shared at each workshop, enabling them to access and implement the rich pedagogical knowledge shared. The book is meant to serve as a textbook for Teacher Education courses, graduate courses, as well as an ongoing promotion of research-based practices created by Faculty of Education partners (faculty and graduate students alike) that should be shared more widely with Canadian language educators, teachers and consultants, particularly in its bilingual format. This publication is unique and particularly useful to both pre- and in-service teachers, as it offers modes of practice based on both research and theory. This means it is neither exclusively a lesson plan nor a theoretical analysis; but rather a synthesis that aims to show how the two domains inform one another. We see it as being immediately valuable for teacher and teacher educators, while also filling a gap in the field of language education more widely — one that embodies anti-racist, ethical paradigms within current interdisciplinary practice in its responsiveness to challenges of modern technology and globalization.

Includes: Appendices

Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

The Evolution of Affordable Content Efforts in Higher Education Environments: Programs, Case Studies, and Examples

This book provides both inspiration and guidance for those beginning work on affordable content and evidence of the growth that has occurred in this arena over the last decade.

Licence: CC BY

Foundations of Education and Instructional Assessment (LibreTexts)

This book is the newest iteration of a project that began way back in the Fall of 2006. This book was written, read, and studied by Undergraduate college students enrolled in their first education course. We hope you enjoy the new content and the creative ways in which that content is presented.

Licence: CC BY-SA 4.0

Good Practices Guide

Published by the American Philosophical Association (APA), this document, over 90 pages long, contains sections on interviewing and hiring, teaching and supervising students, professional development of faculty and students, communication, social events, bias and discrimination, and mental health.

Licence: CC BY-NC-SA

Introduction to Education (BETA)

This book was written to provide students with an introduction to the field of education. The book is broken into chapters that focus on questions students may have about education in general. Although some chapters may go into more depth than others, this is created as an introductory text.

Licence: CC BY-SA

Literature Reviews for Education and Nursing Graduate Students

This open textbook is designed for students in graduate-level nursing and education programs. From developing a research question to locating and evaluating sources to writing a sample literature review using appropriate publication guidelines, readers will be guided through the process.

Licence: CC BY 4.0

Music and the Child

Children are inherently musical. They respond to music and learn through music. Music expresses children’s identity and heritage, teaches them to belong to a culture, and develops their cognitive well-being and inner self worth. As professional instructors, childcare workers, or students looking forward to a career working with children, we should continuously search for ways to tap into children’s natural reservoir of enthusiasm for singing, moving and experimenting with instruments. But how, you might ask? What music is appropriate for the children I’m working with? How can music help inspire a well-rounded child? How do I reach and teach children musically? Most importantly perhaps, how can I incorporate music into a curriculum that marginalizes the arts?

This book explores a holistic, artistic, and integrated approach to understanding the developmental connections between music and children. This book guides professionals to work through music, harnessing the processes that underlie music learning, and outlining developmentally appropriate methods to understand the role of music in children’s lives through play, games, creativity, and movement. Additionally, the book explores ways of applying music-making to benefit the whole child, i.e., socially, emotionally, physically, cognitively, and linguistically.

Includes: Activities, resources, glossary

Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Reviews: Available through the Open Textbook Library

Observation and Assessment in Early Childhood Education (LibreTexts)

This text focuses on the appropriate use of a variety of assessment and observation strategies to document child development and behavior. Child observations will be conducted and analyzed.

Licence: CC BY 4.0

On Assessment: An Exploration of Emerging Approaches

This textbook was written for the elective course–Special Topics in Assessment–that explores the “why” of assessments and how to make them more meaningful for students and teachers. It is based upon five foundational — and assessment-related — concepts. These are: being curious (demonstrated by working through critical pedagogy), embracing the open (achieved through an exploration of open pedagogy), exercising choice (exercised through inquiry-based learning), being brave (harnessing what Amy Collier and Jen Ross (2015) have described as the concept of “not-yetness”) and awareness (expressed through the process of critical reflection).

Licence: CC BY-NC

SDG Toolkit for Canadian Colleges and Institutes

This guide identifies emerging practices in post-secondary settings across Canada that integrate the SDGs explicitly and curates a selection of these into an Open Educational Resource (OER) toolkit and guide to the SDGs for Canadian colleges and institutes.

Licence: CC BY-NC-SA

Trauma-Informed School Practices: Building Expertise to Transform Schools 

This text is designed to support educators in the development of trauma informed competencies required to transition to a trauma-informed educational environment. The principles informing Trauma-Informed School Practices (TISP) are detailed in Section I, “Foundational Principles.” It begins with an overview of the struggles facing students and educators, grounded in the reality that many students experience unmitigated stress and trauma, and this has undermined their ability to be successful in the school environment.

Includes: Case examples, exercises, worksheets

Licence: CC BY-NC-SA

UBC Open Case Studies

Click on “Education” in the top toolbar. These case studies offer a student-centred approach to learning that asks students to identify, explore, and provide solutions to real-world problems by focusing on case-specific examples. This approach simulates real-life practice in sustainability education in that it illuminates the ongoing complexity of the problems being addressed.

Licence: CC BY

Understanding Canadian Schools: An Introduction to Educational Administration, 6th Edition

The purpose of this book, developed at the University of Saskatchewan, is to help readers understand the different ways in which pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12 education is organized under provincial jurisdiction in Canada.

Includes: Statistics, examples, exercises

Licence: CC BY-NC-SA

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  • Curriculum and Learning: Critical Approaches and Theories
  • Educational Leadership
  • Educational Policy Studies
  • Educational Psychology

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