Bringing VET (Vocational Education and Trades) into the Open

March 4, 2019 @ 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
BCIT Burnaby: SE 14 -213, (Library, Entrepreneurship Centre)

We’re kicking off Open Education Week by partnering with the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) to bring you this awesome event!

Registration: please complete the following registration form


As Open educational practices continue to challenge and change higher education, Vocational Education and Trades could be seen as late to the party. Yet as an educational system that teaches hands-on skills, analytical thinking, problem-solving, and ​​​troubleshooting; vocational education fits nicely with the theories and practice of open pedagogy.​

In this workshop, Amanda Coolidge (BCcampus) will introduce the concepts of Open Educational Resources (OER) and Open Educational Practices (OEP). Amanda will discuss some of the initiatives taking place in OER and discuss the many benefits institutions experience in the use of both OER and OEP.

Amanda’s introduction to OER and OEP will be followed by a roundtable discussion with instructors and faculty from different colleges who are using OER and OEP in their own practices. The discussion will centre around the benefits and the hurdles that these individuals have faced in their own journey in embracing an open philosophy. This session will end with a Q and A.

After a brief break and refreshments (Pizza!) the session will shift its focus to how to create OER.  Tim Carson (Chief instructor, piping trades, BCIT) will take the session through an exercise in design thinking where attendees will be given a chance to design resources that could (and hopefully will be) used in their own practice.

The session will end with a time for continued dialogue and networking. Hope to see you there!