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Pilot Project: Open Educational Resources in the ELL Classroom

  • Pilot Project: Open Educational Resources in the ELL Classroom

The following blog post was written by Heidi Beyer, a faculty member at the Centre for Excellence in Immigrant and Intercultural Advancement.

At the start of the 2016 fall trimester, Bow Valley College commenced a pilot project that involved the adoption of a new open educational resource (OER): In the Workplace: An Intermediate Integrated Skills Textbook. 

The pilot project had two key knowledge transfer objectives:

  • to acquire instructor and learner feedback on the OER In the Workplace: An Intermediate Integrated Skills Textbook
  • to produce a set of considerations for the successful adoption of OERs by ELL instructors in post-secondary contexts

The project aimed to observe how ELL instructors use an OER and identify the benefits of using OERs for English language learning as perceived by instructors and learners alike.

The resource can be used either as an interactive e-textbook or as a printed text and focuses on five workplace themes:

  • Workplace Environment
  • Personal Management
  • Workplace Communications
  • Clients and Customers
  • Career Management

Seven classes in Calgary and the surrounding region participated in the pilot project. In addition to the participating instructors, 115 learners used the resource and 91 learners completed feedback surveys. Midpoint findings were shared at the Alberta Teachers of English as a Second Language (ATESL) conference in Edmonton in October, 2016. 

Funded by Alberta Open Educational Resources, the findings from the pilot will be made available on the CEIIA website in a public report and shared in a free 30 minute webinar on February 15, 2017. For more information on the webinar and to register, go to

Visit the CEIIA online for more information on our Applied Research Projects.