Open Access Week, a global event now entering its tenth year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.

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To celebrate Open Access Week, many institutions across B.C. have organized events, workshops and webinars to share the latest data, research and trends in open education.

From October 23 – 31, please join as many of the offerings below as you wish:

Create and Adapt: Make Web Ready Books Using Pressbooks


When:
Workshops held on 3 separate offerings for your scheduling preference
Where: Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)

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Pressbooks: A popular web platform that is used to create or adapt open textbooks.

Learn how to use the BCcampus hosted version to transform your documents into web-ready books! Computers are provided for KPU employees, but you should have access to an online document that you are interested in converting to a web-based book.

  • October 23, 9-10:15 am
    KPU Surrey Campus
    Library 2nd floor lab
  • October 25, 9-10:15 am
    KPU Richmond Campus
    Library lab
  • October 26, 12-1:15 pm
    KPU Surrey Campus
    Library 2nd floor lab

Publish your own journal using Open Journal System


When:
Workshops held on 3 separate offerings for your scheduling preference
Where: Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)

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Press books: a popular journal management and publishing system that allows you to publish your own journal. KPU library is up and running with it. Come get a tour and hands-on experience!

  • October 23, 10:15-11:30 am
    KPU Surrey Campus
    Library 2nd floor lab
  • October 25, 10:15-11:30 am
    KPU Richmond Campus
    Library lab
  • October 26, 1:15-2:30 pm
    KPU Surrey Campus
    Library 2nd floor lab

Addressing the Elephant in the Room: Grad Student Publication


When: October 23, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Where: Simon Fraser University (SFU), Burnaby Campus, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons 

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Graduate students are always encouraged to publish but often without really knowing what that means or how to start.

This workshop will focus on navigating the peer review process and will also touch on the topics of open access, working with an editor, and co-authorship. It will include a discussion of copyright transfer agreements and licenses and provide insight into publishing venues for assuring your research has the best possible visibility, accessibility, and impact.

Find open textbooks and content in your subject area


When: 
Workshops held on 3 separate offerings for your scheduling preference
Where: Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)

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Find open textbooks and content in your subject area: You want to use open content, now learn how to find it!

  • October 23, 11:30-12 pm
    KPU Surrey Campus
    Library 2nd floor lab
  • October 25, 11:30-12 pm
    KPU Richmond Campus
    Library lab
  • October 26, 2:30-3 pm
    KPU Surrey Campus
    Library 2nd floor lab

Share Data / Find Data


When: October 25, 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Where: Simon Fraser University (SFU), Burnaby Campus, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons 

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Are you interested in increasing the visibility of your research? This workshop will help you describe your data for long-term access and findability.  As a bonus, we’ll also show you how to find data relevant to your research.

Wikipedia in Academia: Translating Knowledge for a Global Audience with Judy Chan


When: October 26, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where: Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), Library 2nd floor, Surrey campus 

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What do Wenjack, balut egg, bootstrapping, Indian ice cream, and Ivan Coyote have in common? A quick Google search on these books, foods, and linguistic terms will lead you to Wikipedia pages with evidence-based information contributed by students at UBC. Knowing that their work will be viewed by an audience outside of the traditional classroom, students were engaged and proud of the work they produced.

At this Wikipedia workshop, Dr. Judy Chan will share various ways to incorporate Wikipedia work into your classes and introduce you to the excellent resources that the Wiki Education Foundation has developed. She will also explore and edit Wikipedia pages with you. KPU employees can use the lab workstations, or bring your laptop (and bookmark any page you’d like to improve).

Meet for coffee before the workshop at 9:30 am.

What’s Open About Open Pedagogy?


When: October 26, 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Where: Douglas College, Aboriginal Gathering Place, Room S4650

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The open education community is abuzz about open pedagogy. While not losing sight of the importance of using, revising, and creating open educational resources, many are thinking more about how to open up their teaching and learning practices. But how might we understand what open pedagogy is, and why should we think of it as “open”?

Christina Hendricks will discuss some possible ways to answer those questions while pointing out that there are multiple legitimate ways to do so. She will also provide examples of how faculty and students are participating in open pedagogical practices in BC and elsewhere.

Tension and Risk in Open Scholarship: A Conversation


When: October 26, 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Where: British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), Downtown Campus, Atrium Room, 8th floor, Room 825

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Please join BCIT, SFU and UBC in celebrating International Open Access Week for a panel that examines the threads running through different tensions in the open movements, including:

  • Indigenous & Traditional Knowledge: Open scholarship may not be respectful of community authority, ownership, and norms of knowledge sharing.
  • Ethics and Privacy: Open scholarship may complicate the impacts of human participants in research, retrospective digitization, and students’ right to privacy.
  • Student-faculty relationships: Affordability conversations around open educational resources may lead to tensions around faculty motivation to provide the best learning resources. Open pedagogies can create risks for students: are they supported and what rights do they have in terms of their privacy, copyright, and consent?
  • Accessibility and inclusivity: Open practices may lead to digital redlining for individuals and communities and may not be truly accessible for everyone.
  • Instructor-Institution relationships: Open practices may allow the appropriation of instructors’ and adjuncts’ work putting their value at risk.

Featured speakers include:

  • Amanda Coolidge (BCcampus)
  • Jessica Gallinger (SFU Library)
  • Sue Doner (Camosun College)
  • Christina Illnitichi (AMS, UBC)
  • David Gaertner (First Nations and Indigenous Studies, UBC)
  • Lisa Nathan (School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies, UBC)
  • Additional speakers: TBA

Open Beyond the Academy: Building Community Through Open Social Scholarship


When: October 27, 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Where: Simon Fraser University (SFU), Burnaby Campus, Bennett Library, Rm 7200

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In this panel, Dr. Hannah McGregor and Dr. Raymond Siemens discuss how the Digital Humanities can bring academic and non-academic communities together to be more inclusive, accessible, and accountable.

Accessibility, Inclusivity & OER’s


When:
October 31, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Where: Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), Surrey Campus, Rm A2410 

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By definition, creating inclusive learning environments and educational resources means that what is being created should be accessible to all students. What does accessibility look like in practice, and what can educators do to contribute to the accessibility of the learning resources & environments they create?

Camosun College‘s Sue Doner will lead this workshop, where you will begin by establishing a common understanding of key terminology like “academic accommodations”, “accessibility”, and “Universal Design for Learning (UDL)”, before identifying “6 easy things you can always do” to contribute to the accessibility of your educational resources. Finally, you will engage in an interactive, facilitated activity that will require you to adopt the perspective of a particular student and assess a learning environment for any accessibility barriers it poses to you/your student.

What are you doing to celebrate Open Access Week?

Blog or tweet about your Open Access Week experiences and/or plans with the official hashtag #OAweek and be sure to tag us, using #BCcampus.

 


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