The Public Domain Core Collection Project would not have been possible without the enthusiastic collaboration between staff, faculty members and students at Ryerson and Brock universities. We came together with a shared desire to make commonly used public domain texts more accessible to instructors and students in our institutions, Ontario and beyond. We also wanted to encourage instructors to use the texts as a basis for open pedagogy assignments with the aim of empowering students to become knowledge creators rather than just knowledge consumers.

Core Project Team

Ryerson University

  • Payton Flood, Digital Publication Coordinator
  • Nipuni Kuruppu, 4th year, Creative Industries student
  • Val Lem, Collections Lead, Faculty of Arts
  • Ann Ludbrook, Research Lead, Copyright and Scholarly Engagement Librarian
  • Emma Seston, 4th year, New Media student
  • Sally Wilson, Web Services Librarian, Project Lead

Brock University

  • Giulia Forsythe, Associate Director, Centre for Pedagogical Innovation
  • Cal Murgu, Liaison and Instructional Design Librarian
  • Jennifer Thiessen, Head, Teaching and Learning, Library

Open Pedagogy Projects

We would like to give a special thanks to the faculty members and students who met our project with open minds and willing participation.

  • Ian Ball, BA, Visual Arts/Dramatic Arts
  • Keri Cronin, Associate Professor, Visual Arts, Brock University
  • Martin Danahay, Professor, English Language and Literature, Brock University
  • Roberto Nickel, Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Director, Classics, Brock University
  • Dale Smith, Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Director, English, Ryerson University
  • Melissa Tanti, Lecturer, Ryerson University

This project is made possible with funding by the Government of Ontario and through eCampusOntario’s support of the Virtual Learning Strategy. To learn more about the Virtual Learning Strategy visit:



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