Organized by the BC Open Education Librarians (BCOEL) group with sponsorship from BCcampus, British Columbia Institute of Technology, Capilano University, Langara College, Simon Fraser University, and the University of British Columbia.
Save the date! On March 3rd, please join us for this Open Education Week event showcasing the impact of open educational resources, tools and practices on teaching and learning in some of BC’s post-secondary institutions. This event will feature a series of brief talks by practitioners about innovative and open projects underway at a range of local institutions. Attendees can also choose to sign up to briefly speak about an open education project or initiative from their own practice. We will be streaming the event online at this link.
Featured speakers include: Tim Carson (BCcampus), Agnes d’Entremont (UBC), Chad Flinn (BCIT), Laurie Prange-Martin (Capilano), Julian Prior (Langara), Arleigh Reichl (Kwantlen) and Kate Shuttleworth (SFU).
Open Education Week (March 2-6, 2020) is an annual, global event that aims to “raise awareness and showcase the impact of open education on teaching and learning worldwide.”
On March 3, 2020, join us for a Social Justice Zine Fair at UBC Library! Students will host tables to showcase and exchange the zines they have produced in Dr. Jessi Taylor’s course GRSJ 102: Global Issues in Social Justice. Drop by and learn more about zines, discuss the experience of students creating social justice focused zines, and bring your own to exchange!
Open Education Week at TRU
The TRU Students’ Union invites you to the first-ever Open Education Week events at Thompson Rivers University on March 4-5, 2020!
Open education encompasses a set of practices that make the processes and products of education more transparent, inclusive, and available to all people. While many assignments given in postsecondary institutions are what David Wiley calls “disposable” -– read-only by a teacher or a T.A. and then disposed of — open educational practices can enable learners to connect their work with authentic audiences and contribute knowledge to the world. Such practices reconceptualize assignments so that the work that students produce completing them is useful and usable by others beyond the instructor and individual student. These open assignments can offer instructors and students new ways of approaching their teaching and learning by reconceptualizing the role of the learner in the production of knowledge. This hands-on session will explore the necessary ingredients for open assignments and learning activities. It will examine real-world examples and best practices as well as brainstorm ways to open up your teaching.
Over the past few years, a growing number of TRU faculty members have worked various Open Educational Resources (OER) development projects. At TRU, the adoption, adaption, creation, and use of OER by TRU faculty will impact numerous students with potential savings of over $500,000 per year. In this session, we will first provide a brief overview of OER project development and available supports and grants on campus (and beyond) as well as the implementation and relevance of OER in higher education. Following this, panelists will showcase some of their material and reflect on their experience in developing OER.
OER can enhance teaching and learning through the incorporation of interactive features, time savings, relevant contextualization, and reducing barriers to access such as through cost. This panel will consider the motivations and steps involved in four distinct open education projects at TRU. If you are interested in developing a proposal for funding, would like to learn more about the work of some faculty at TRU, or are interested in learning about OER and open education practices. Panelists will share their reflections on aspects including their unique motivations, challenges, what they gained, and advice for future OER.
With the rising cost of textbooks, the use of open educational resources (OER) can significantly increase student learning and success. In addition, educators are looking to open educational practice (OEP) to increase collaboration, co-creation of knowledge and take learners outside the normal boundaries of the classroom. This workshop will introduce you to the world of OER and OEP and will introduce simple strategies for incorporating them into your classes. We will also provide you with an overview of the various supports available at TRU for OER adoption, adaptation, and development and integrating OEP strategies. This interactive workshop gives you practical tools and experience to champion OER and OEP in your teaching and learning context.
Open Education sustainability is possible through the dedicated commitment of an institution to develop and maintain an open education ecosystem within their institution. Join Amanda Coolidge as she shares stories and celebrates the growth of TRU’s open education initiatives and TRU’s pathway to Open Education sustainability.
Amanda Coolidge, Director Open Education, BCCampus
In this workshop, we will talk about how to design OER so they are more inclusive and accessible for all students. This will include an overview of the technical considerations of digital accessibility. For example, what are the minimum technical requirements that ensure students with print disabilities can access and navigate through the resource? We will also look at how inclusive design practices can help us create educational materials that are more versatile and useful for students. For example, what does an accessible resource look like for a student with no personal computer? Or a student with a learning disability that makes reading difficult? Ultimately, students can be very different from each other, and what may work for one student may not work for another. But by designing for those differences, we can create educational materials that are more useful, powerful, and accessible to all.
Josie Gray is the Coordinator of Collection Quality on the Open Education team at BCcampus. She manages the B.C. Open Textbook Collection and provides training and support for B.C. faculty publishing open textbooks in Pressbooks. Josie has been learning about and teaching accessibility best practices in OER for three years and has recently started her MDes in Inclusive Design at OCAD University.
Related LibGuide: Open Education by Amanda Grey
Most students are now well aware of the benefits of Open Education Resources in cutting the costs of textbooks, but the Open Education revolution is about more than just books. This presentation with hands-on components shows students and interested faculty about Open Ed tools that can improve their learning experiences – and their course outcomes, too! We’ll learn about open-source tools for citation management, how to find non-paywalled versions of research articles, explore open repositories, and look at the opportunities offered by Wikimedia. By the end of this session, participants will have a broader understanding of the value of open in their educations (and some great tricks for acing that next research paper, too).
We are increasingly aware of how the “surveillance economy” shapes our online lives. But what about the online tools, services, and products that are used by students and instructors? How is our teaching and learning data – and by extension our personal data – being collected and used? This session will explore the present state of digital learning and discuss ways to better understand and respond to these practices. We’ll also provide resources and strategies for keeping ourselves informed and in control as we move through our educational and professional lives.