Isaac Mulolani is the Open Educational Resources Program Manager in the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Regina (2020 – 2023). He works with library staff to manage open education initiatives across the University of Regina. The University of Regina is currently increasing its use of open resources across the institution and currently implementing zero-cost materials course initiatives. In addition to this, the University of Regina is incorporating open educational practices into its open education workflow. Several recent works have been faculty initiated open pedagogy projects involving students as co-creators. This has dovetailed perfectly with one of the University’s themes in its recent strategic plan (2020 -2025): involving students in discovery that arises from experiential learning.
He started his interest in the open-source software movement back in 1997 and has continued to maintain that interest while also transitioning into open education. He made significant use of open-source tools to create educational materials for teaching and learning. In 2016, he created four open resources through a grant funded by the Government of Saskatchewan in Canada. Since then, the Saskatchewan provincial government has continued to fund OER development with the goal of reducing costs for students, increasing access to education and providing culturally relevant content to an increasingly diverse student population in higher education. In addition, the Government of Saskatchewan has a vested interest in greater collaboration on open education projects by all higher education institutions in the province.
As a SPARC Open Education Leadership Fellow, he is developing a capstone project that provides information on tools that can be used to create open educational resources. Project developers need to be aware of the tools available to them when they prepare to work with OER. The guide will increase the versatility of OER developers by providing them with information on various options for development tools and platforms available. The resource will provide developers with a list of commercial and open-source tools that can be used for creating and/or adapting open education projects. This guide will be a useful addition to the open education community which lacks a resource of this nature. The resource will provide summaries of features useful for the creation of open resources using a select number of tools.