In this session, Amanda Coolidge will walk participants through the what, why, and how of open educational resources. She will share issues of access and affordability, as well as equitable design principles that lay the foundations for open practice. Further, she will highlight the digital inequities that have surfaced and heightened as a result of the pandemic and how open practices can help to alleviate those inequities. In addition, Amanda will share examples of open educational practices in the post-secondary environment.
Amanda Coolidge is an uninvited settler on the Esquimalt and Songhees Nation of the Lək̓ʷəŋən (Lekwungen) Speaking Peoples. She is the director of open education at BCcampus in British Columbia, Canada. From open textbooks to open pedagogy, she leads the province’s initiatives in open education with a team of nine other people, who work across British Columbia to enhance access for students. Amanda has a master’s degree in educational technology and many years of experience as an instructional designer at various universities across Canada. She has worked in open education in Calgary, Alberta; Nairobi, Kenya; and British Columbia. When Amanda is not at work, she can often be found on the beaches and in the woods of British Columbia, travelling with her family in their 32-foot fifth-wheel RV. Amanda lives in the RV with her husband and son seven months of the year, enjoying everything about the outdoors and the opportunity to explore across North America.
Have an idea for creating an Open Educational Resource (OER) with no idea how to start? Have you started an OER project and have stopped making progress? Feeling overwhelmed at the size of the OER project that you have begun? Whether you are considering developing an OER project, or about to embark on one, this session will introduce you to the various supports provided by UBC to help you move your OER forward at any stage of your project.
This session will cover tools, resources, and supports to:
- Plan your OER project
- Find OERs for use in teaching, or to adapt or enhance your project
- Create your own OER, and
- Share your project once it is complete.
Join Christine Miller for an introduction to H5P, which can be used to create interactive content, including videos, presentations, quizzes, timelines, and more.
Join TRU for a show-and-tell session featuring TRU campus and Open Learning faculty members sharing their experience with open textbooks to enhance teaching and learning across a wide variety of subjects and the lessons they have learned.
Faculty across B.C. have access to tremendous support and opportunities to engage in open education. If you’re curious about open education research, this session is for you. In this session, you’ll hear from one instructor who is completing a research study on the perceptions of faculty and students towards open pedagogy. Learn more about her project and gain tips and advice to help launch your own research project.
In March of 2020, we presented a talk at Open Ed Week where we endeavoured to “explore the present state of digital learning and discuss ways to better understand and respond to these [data privacy] practices.” A handful of days later, the campus closed and we moved to fully remote instruction. This talk revisits our arguments of a year ago in the wake of a teaching and learning moment where issues of privacy and data stewardship have often taken a backseat to the urgent needs of the crisis. What do the new trends in education mean for our data, our privacy, and our future — as learners, as educators, and as digital citizens? Let’s explore together.
Would you like to learn more about open education and open educational resources but don’t know where to start? This introductory workshop is for you.
This session will provide an overview to the open education movement including what it is and why it matters. This session will cover:
- Definition and examples of open educational resources
- Benefits of OER to both students and faculty
- First steps toward adopting, adapting, or creating OER
- How to find additional support with OE at UBC Library
Why Write? is an open educational resource (OER) created primarily for students enrolled in UVic’s largest Academic Writing Requirement course, ATWP 135: Academic Reading and Writing. What makes this OER special is not just that it’s specifically designed for first-year composition courses: it explicitly takes into account anti-racist pedagogy, the needs of Indigenous students, and Canadian perspectives while building upon the latest research and developments in the field of writing studies. Not simply a style handbook, documentation guide, or introduction to rhetoric, this text offers a holistic perspective on what it means to be a writer in the context of Canadian higher education institutions. The holistic, organic content of the textbook is a result of the equally holistic, organic working relationship between the Academic and Technical Writing Program, the Centre for Academic Communication, and Learning and Teaching Support and Innovation. Our presentation will discuss the working and learning communities open education projects build, both in terms of our own experience and more broadly. We argue that open source projects break down institutional barriers and siloing, producing rich resources and relationships.
Want to learn more about what working on an Open Education or OER project actually looks like from the instructor’s perspective?
Join us for a series of Lightning Talks and Panel session with instructors who will share their experiences moving their teaching into the open.
Participants will include:
- Stuart McKinnon (Earth and Environmental Sciences, UBC-O)
- Suzanne Campbell (School of Nursing, UBC-V)
- Siobhan McElduff (CNERS, UBC-V)
- Firas Moosvi (Computer Science, UBC-O)
- Steve McCartney, Program Director, Police Academy, Instructor with the Law Enforcement program (BLES/LESD)
- Valerie Sheppard, Instructor with Centre for Liberal & Graduate Studies
- Adam Lossing, Instructional Designer with the Fire Services Division
- Florence Daddey, Instructor with the Law Enforcement program (BLES/LESD)