Announcing BCcampus’ 2019 Open Education Sustainability Grant Recipients

In 2019, BCcampus will continue to advance the province’s open and affordable education vision by working closely with B.C.’s post-secondary institutions to not only continue to build the B.C. Open Textbook Collection, but allow colleges, institutes and universities to take the next step toward campus-based open education sustainability by integrating these practices and methods of teaching and learning into their current systems.

Post by Amanda Coolidge, Associate Director, Open Education

With financial support from the Hewlett Foundation, BCcampus Open Education will broaden those efforts in three key ways:

  1. Support the development of engaging, interactive open educational resources (OER) that replace or supplement commercial resources used by an institution’s faculty
  2. Encourage faculty to incorporate open educational practices (OEP) in their teaching
  3. Consider how OEP and OER might fit within an institution’s overall strategy on teaching, learning, and scholarship, and what steps can be taken to begin or continue this process

The successful applicants are:

Camosun College

Establish the Open Education Demonstration Initiative (OEDI) which will bring together a team of up to ten faculty with librarians, educational technologists, curriculum developers, and specialists in adaptive technology and indigenization to redevelop ten courses using open educational resources (OER) and open educational practices (OEP) over a 12-18 month period.

A course redesign handbook on the OEDI will be also be created so this initiative can be implemented at other institutions ·

Capilano University

Create four new OER Fellow positions, each tasked with promoting awareness and increasing the utilization of open textbooks and OER. OER Fellow positions will be targeted specifically in the four new baccalaureate degree programs at Capilano where maximum benefit can be realized due to high enrolment (e.g., Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology, Bachelor of Arts with a major in English, and Bachelor of Human Kinetics).

Other Capilano initiatives will include:

  • The development of a faculty and student four-day open pedagogy sprint to create a repository of non-disposable assignments aligned with institutional experiential education learning requirements.
  • Creating an Open Education Showcase to raise awareness and interest in faculty and student open education work.
  • Providing ongoing support for Open Education through a series of workshops on Pressbooks and Creative Commons licensing, and by archiving open textbooks in Camosun’s institutional repository.

Justice Institute of BC

JIBC will engage in these open education projects over the next two years:

  • Host an Open Education Showcase (Fall 2019)
  • Host a JIBC open education professional development day (Summer 2020)
  • Create and host a series of eight workshops
  • Create and host UDL professional development series
  • Establish a more formalized open education working group
    • Fund the development of a collaborative OER project chosen by this group
  • Create an Open JIBC website that will:
    • Provide case studies of faculty engaged in OEP
    • Highlight the key messaging of “JIBC Open First”
    • Supplement the existing library toolkit and libguides
    • Identify OER created at JIBC
    • List which courses use OER and provide links to those OER
  • Facilitate a Criminology ancillary sprint to complement the upcoming criminology book out of KPU

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

KPU will embark on this two-year plan:

  • Enhance and professionalize KPU’s Open Publishing Suite (OPUS) by:
    1. Developing LaTeX support service
    2. Providing graphic design and layout support
    3. Creating a pre-publication peer-review program
  • Enhance open education research capacity with:
    1. OER Research Fellowship
    2. Hosting an annual OER Institute
  • Expand their UN Sustainable Goals Open Pedagogy Fellowship
  • Adapt the student-created textbook affordability challenge game for web delivery
  • Develop a question bank sprint guide

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