Call for proposals for open access library of interactive educational activities related to psychology


We are a team of Psychology scholars in Canada who have been awarded eCampus Ontario funding to create an online, open access library of interactive educational activities related to psychology using primarily H5P software (more below). These interactive activities will be hosted in eCampus Ontario. Student collaborators are encouraged.

Authors retain copyright of their work as defined within CC-BY- NC 4.0, and there are no fees to publish this work.

Psychology is a broad and deep discipline. We welcome proposal submissions from all areas and levels of study in psychology, encourage proposals addressing issues related to equity, diversity, and inclusion within psychology, and we especially encourage submissions at the Introductory level. Interactives that speak to the Canadian context, and any strengths, limitations, and next steps are also encouraged. Some examples of possible interactive modules and activities include a scenario-based exploration of academic integrity, a mock survey demonstrating the Barnum effect, case studies to demonstrate various research approaches (and their strengths and limitations) to a shared research question, or an interactive video demonstrating the action potential. These are just a few examples–we are hoping to ultimately support the development of examples that span the discipline of psychology.

Proposals in English and French are welcome. If you wish to submit a proposal for an interactive in a language other than English or French, we encourage you to reach out to us via so we can work to ensure a submission and review process that will support your submission.

This project is being overseen by:

Meghan Norris, PhD, Queen’s University—project contact,
Jorden Cummings, PhD, The University of Saskatchewan
Kyle Danielson, PhD, The University of Toronto Scarborough
David Danto, PhD, The University of Guelph-Humber
Eleanor Gittens, PhD, Georgian College
Steve Joordens, PhD, The University of Toronto Scarborough
Adelheid Nicol, PhD, The Royal Military College of Canada
Adam Sandford, PhD, The University of Guelph-Humber
Steven Smith, PhD, Saint Mary’s University
Jennifer Stamp, PhD, Dalhousie University
Leanne Stevens, PhD, Dalhousie University
Stephen Want, PhD, Ryerson University

Project Overview: The intention of this project is to create an accessible and diverse library of resources for the discipline of psychology, tailored to the Canadian context. As part of this project, we are fortunate to have cultural advisors and multimedia support to assist authors in bringing their designs to life in H5P*, and we are hoping to have a large panel of peer reviewers. We hope that this project will grow over time into a truly collective resource that spans the discipline of Psychology. Although submissions related to all levels of psychology are welcomed and encouraged, we are especially soliciting proposals for interactive activities at the introductory level. Interactives selected for development will be published in a “plug and play” manner in PressBooks, hosted by eCampus Ontario.

Please do not let technology limit a proposal for consideration–we are hoping to support ideas for development with technical support wherever possible. If you have content you would like to bring to life, we hope to help. Submissions that include student collaborators are encouraged.

Published interactives will be tagged for easy searching. Tags will include both content-related tags (e.g., “#Neuron”), and level of study (e.g., “#IntroductoryLevel,” “#GraduateLevel”).

*H5P is an open-source software that has many activity types available including interactive videos, games, methods for scenario presentation, and more. Please do not let technology limit a proposal for consideration–we are hoping to support ideas for development with technical support wherever possible. If you have content you would like to bring to life, we hope to help. In addition to H5P, we are actively exploring the ability to program open access content in Rise which can be shared in an open manner by URL. To learn more about available H5P formats, please see the following link: 

Authorship and Ownership of Work: 

Authors retain ownership over their work. Below are details associated with publishing your open access interactive in this resource:

1. License Grant By agreeing to the following License terms:

1.1 — I (the author(s), copyright owner or agent) agree to the deposit of the Work(s) in an open access bank hosted by eCampus Ontario, titled “The Psychology Commons.” 1.2 — I grant to this resource a non-exclusive, worldwide, perpetual and royalty-free license to use and reproduce the Work(s) in any medium or format for the purposes of education in psychology.

1.3 – I agree that my work will be made available on the Internet using a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial (CC-BY-NC) license. Review the terms of a CC-BY- NC license here:

2. Submitter Warranties

I represent and warrant that:

2.1 — I have the full power and authority to enter into this Agreement and am duly authorised by all rights holder(s) in the Work(s) to deposit or authorise the deposit of the Work(s) and grant the license in this Agreement;

2.2 — the Work(s) is original Work(s) and does not infringe the intellectual property rights, including copyright, of any third party;

2.3 — third party material included in the Work(s) is clearly identified and acknowledged and appropriate permissions have been secured; and

2.4 — the grant of rights in this Agreement does not constitute a breach of any other agreement, publishing or otherwise, including any confidentiality or publication restriction provisions in sponsorship or collaboration agreements governing my research or Work(s) at the University or elsewhere;

2.5 — I promise to inform any person or parties to whom I may hereafter assign or license my copyright in the Work(s) of the rights granted by me to Queen’s University in this non-exclusive license.

3. Publishing Rights I agree that eCampus Ontario:

3.1 — may translate the Work(s) into any medium or format for the purposes of security, archiving, preservation and migration of the Work(s) in eCampus Ontario

3.2 — may reproduce the Work(s) in an accessible format;

3.3 — may apply metadata elements to the Work(s);

3.4 — will exercise reasonable endeavours to preserve the physical integrity of the Work(s), but shall incur no liability for loss or damage to the Work(s);

3.5 — will not be under any obligation to take legal action on behalf of the Work’s author(s) or other rights holders related to any intellectual property rights in the Work(s);

3.6 — retains the right to remove the Work(s) from the Repository without notice for professional, administrative or legal reasons. Upon such an occurrence the metadata record indicating storage of the Work(s) in the Repository may remain visible in perpetuity.

4. Work(s) Author and/or Creator Rights

4.1 — The copyright owner of the Work(s) maintains rights to the work as defined by the CC-BY- NC 4.0 license, described here:
4.2 — The copyright owner(s) of the Work(s) or delegate may, upon written request to the Repository, request to have the Work(s) removed from the repository. By granting this license, the copyright holder acknowledges that the metadata record for the item in the Repository may, at the discretion of repository staff remain visible to the public.

Timeline: Proposals will be evaluated for 2021 fall development until August 31, 2021. After August 31, 2021, submissions will be evaluated as development resources permit. Development of submissions will be rolling, occurring as submissions are accepted.

All projects must be completed by December 1, 2021 to ensure accessibility checks and publication timeline to meet the funder’s deadlines.

Evaluation Metrics and Criteria: Projects will be evaluated on the following metrics:

  • Effective demonstration of a concept related to psychology
  • Scholarly justification for submission (i.e., is there scholarly work that supports the submission)
  • Feasibility for development using H5P
  • Ability for the interactive to be used as a stand-alone resource
  • Integration of considerations related to equity, diversity, and inclusion

To submit a proposal for consideration, please fill out this form:

For any questions, please email Meghan Norris, PhD, at

With thanks for your consideration,

The Psychology Commons Development Team