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The Great Psychology Testbank Sprint

Well, we did it. Seventeen psychology faculty from six post-secondary institutions in British Columbia came together on July 18 & 19 and worked intensively for two days to create a testbank designed to accompany open textbooks for introductory psychology. As I have previously written about, the absence of ancillary materials (a testbank most of all) presents(…)

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“Why Open?” course at P2PU is back, August 2014

Last year I was part of a team that ran a course at P2PU called “Why Open?”, in which we discussed the various meanings of openness, engaged in some open practices, and talked about potential benefits and drawbacks/obstacles to openness. We’re running it again starting August 10, and registration is open now! You can see […]

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Workshop on Open Education at UBC, June 2014

In early June of 2014 I facilitated a workshop on open education during the CTLT Institute (Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology). I have a few slides that I used in the workshop, which are embedded below. Teaching and Learning in the Open: Why/Not? from clhendricksbc   Also, with the help of Will Engle, Strategist […]

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Why not develop a course in the open?

Last week I attended the Spring workshop for ETUG: the BC Educational Technology User’s Group. Among the many great presentations I saw was one by Paul Hibbits, who spoke of doing course development openly, meaning not just sitting in your office trying to develop and plan a course on your own, but doing it more […]

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Informal, anonymous survey on open education

I’m doing a workshop on open education at UBC in June, and another at the American Association of Philosophy Teacher’s conference in July. Here’s a teaching kit for the UBC workshop I made with Mozilla Thimble by remixing another teaching kit. I know a fair bit about why I think being more open in teaching […]

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UBC’s Policy 81 and Open Education

In my previous post I discussed UBC’s Policy 81 on the use of teaching materials for for-credit courses. The following will make more sense if you’ve read that post! Here I would like to talk a bit about my own views of the policy and my fears about how it may set back efforts to […]

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A Faculty Perspective on Open Textbooks

Recently I have found myself at many meetings and events (e.g., the Open Textbook summit) centered on Open Education. Despite my non-representativeness due to self-selection, I am often called upon at these meetings to represent the “faculty perspective.” As much as I would love to do this, in my experience, there is no single faculty(…)