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OER for Psychology

Later this week Farhad Dastur and I will present at a symposium at the Annual Conference on the Teaching of Psychology in Atlanta, organized by the Society for the Teaching of Psychology. Our symposium is titled “Opening up psychology: Adopting open textbooks, open pedagogy, and an open philosophy in the classroom.” The following is a list(…)

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The Fellowship of the Open

Over the past year I have had the pleasure of working with the fine folk at BCcampus a fair bit – first as a reviewer of two open textbooks, then as an adopter of three, adapter of two, organizer of an open test bank sprint, and a co-presenter at professional development workshops at Capilano University and(…)

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Open and free, redux; Or, yes the words do matter

I am helping to facilitate a course right now at Peer 2 Peer University called “Why Open?” I did so last year as well, and managed to squeeze out a few blog posts during that course, which can be found in 2013 posts under the Why Open category on this blog.  We’re in week 2 […]

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Presentation on open education at AAPT

Last weekend I attended the biannual meeting of the American Association of Philosophy Teachers. I’ve already blogged about one of the sessions I attended, here. I also gave a presentation at the conference/workshop, on open education. I didn’t count how many people were there, but I’d estimate around 12 or so, which was a nice […]

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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 […]