2019 Cascadia Open Education Summit

April 17, 2019 – April 18, 2019 all-day
SFU Harbour Centre
515 W Hastings St
Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3
Amanda Coolidge


Join us for the 2019 Cascadia Open Education Summit (replacing the BC Open Textbook Summit in 2019), in beautiful Vancouver, B.C. on April 17 & 18, 2019. This event is co-hosted with our regional colleagues: Lumen Learning, Open Oregon Educational Resources, and the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC).

This event is for new and experienced OER advocates offering the opportunity to learn and share effective practices in awareness building, implementation, collaboration, strategy, and research.

Theme: Scaling New Heights with Open Education

Example topics include:

  • What are the current challenges and opportunities for open education? Do you have creative solutions for how to take them on?
  • How is the ecosystem around OER evolving, and what are the implications for this evolution?
  • As OER enters mainstream curriculum, what are the implications for institutions? Faculty? Libraries? Students? Other stakeholders?

Event details

Day 1 will include 2 keynotes and conference proceedings with presentations, panel presentations, and table talks.

Day 2 is our Day of Action Focused OER Workshops. A series of workshops will be presented (2 hours each) and is intended for people looking for support in achieving the next step in their OER work or initiative.

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Cascadian Open Education Summit welcomes people engaged in higher ed-focused open education initiatives, including students, faculty, librarians, instructional technologists, administrators, and other campus leaders.

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Keynote Speakers

We are very excited to welcome Heather M. Ross and Karen Cangialosi as Keynote Speakers for the Cascadia Open Education Summit 2019.

Heather M. Ross

An educational development specialist at the University of Saskatchewan. Early in her career, she became passionate about finding ways to reduce materials costs for students, while also creating better learning experiences for them. As a result, she took up the cause and has emerged as a leader in advancing and supporting the integration of open educational resources (OER) and open pedagogy across her institution and beyond. Heather is an OER Research Fellow with the Open Education Group. She can be successfully tracked on Twitter where her alias is @mctoonish

Karen Cangialosi

Karen Cangialosi is Coordinator of Faculty Enrichment and Professor of Biology at Keene State College. She also serves as the KSC Open Education Faculty Fellow where she facilitates an Open Pedagogy Faculty Learning Community and is co-leader of KSC Open, a Domain of One’s Own campus project.  Karen spearheaded a movement to replace traditional textbooks with OER and other freely available resources for almost all KSC biology courses, and she incorporates methods of Open Pedagogy in all of her own courses.  Because she believes that scientific investigation, like education, should be transparent, widely collaborative and designed to serve the public, she is working on integrating the principles and practices of Open Science into the undergraduate biology curriculum. She also runs a coral reef monitoring program in the Turks and Caicos Islands, and a research program on the behavioral ecology of spiders in Keene, NH. Find Karen on Twitter @karencang

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The Cascadia Open Education Summit schedule is still evolving as we continue to collect proposals.

Please note that changes to sessions, presenters, dates, times, and rooms may take place up until the event.

Cascadia Open Education Summit: Schedule

Social event

Join us for this fun social night! Unwind after the excitement of day 1 festivities with good food and even better conversation.

April 17, 2019 at Library Square Public House

300 W. Georgia St.

Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 6B4

Time: 5:00pm – 7:30pm + includes 1 drink ticket and


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We have secured a block of rooms for the Cascadia Open Education Summit at the Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver at a rate of $179.00 for Deluxe rooms and $199.00 for Luxury rooms.

Please quote “Cascadia Open Education Summit” when booking.

*To take advantage of the group rate please make sure to book before March 26, 2019. After this date, all remaining rooms in the block will be released back to general inventory.

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