BCcampus Book Club Hub – How to Be an Antiracist
Oct 7 @ 10:00 am – Dec 2 @ 11:30 am
BCcampus Book Club Hub – How to Be an Antiracist
This fall our BCcampus Book Club will be a hub for book club leaders to both share and garner skills in facilitating discussions about the difference between being non-racist versus anti-racist. We invite book club leaders from post-secondary institutions across the province to join our hub. This is a province-wide invitation to learn how to lead your own book club in our collaborative community, where candour and vulnerability are fostered in an ethical space! Hub participants will be expected to lead discussions and actively contribute to our learning community. You will leave with a greater support network and with actionable steps for how to apply and implement your anti-racist strategy on campus. We invite a representative from your campus anti-racism or equity, diversity, and inclusion club or task force to register and participate in the Hub. We ask that no more than one representative from each B.C. institution participate. The Hub will be a social learning system where leaders from B.C. institutions have a forum for discussion, share collaborative tools, and gain some BCcampus open educational resources to adapt for your own campus and culture. The BCcampus Book Club Hub participant from your institution will be expected to:
  • Read How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi before the Hub’s first session.
  • Facilitate at least one discussion forum.
  • Participate in our weekly exercise/artifact/case study.
  • Contribute to the camaraderie and co-learning principles as established by our group charter.
Once finished the book, participants can expect to spend 5-10 hours per week on additional learning and facilitation activities that will support their planning and prep work for running their own book club. Using Ibram X. Kendi’s book – How to Be an Antiracist — as our backdrop, the BCcampus Book Club Hub will unpack the meaning of anti-racism within our sector and local context. The Hub will occur through both biweekly synchronous sessions and asynchronous activities that incorporate multimedia, discussions, and reflection exercises. Looking at four themes (below), we will conclude each biweekly session with the development of an artifact from our collective exercises. The schedule and themes we will address in our sessions are:
  • October 7 – Kickoff: Community Building/Charter
  • October 14 – Session I: Self/Schemas
  • October 28 – Session II: Society/Structures
  • November 10/12 (TBC) — Session III: Schools/Syllabus and Panel Discussion with Guests
  • November 25 – Session IV: Success/Solidarity
  • December 2 – Wrap-Up
This event is free. To ensure we have an inclusive and welcoming environment for all, we’ve added registration to all our sessions.

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This notice is to inform you that this session will be recorded, archived, and made available publicly on BCcampus.ca. By participating in this session, you acknowledge that your participation in this session will be recorded and the recording will be made available openly. If you have any questions please contact us at bookclub@bccampus.ca.
FLO MicroCourse: Digital Literacy to Fluency @ Asynchronous
Oct 18 – Oct 22 all-day

Transferring in-class classroom activities that promote learning into FLO-MicroCourseactivities that are effective in the online learning environment is challenging. This demands a high level of digital literacy, or comfort in evaluating, piloting, and adopting new technologies into your toolbox of educational resources. This one-week micro-course will demonstrate that technology is something that should be welcomed into the classroom to allow an instructor a growing repertoire of media that stimulates teaching and learning. Incorporating digital tools in the classroom also increases students’ digital literacy while they complete activities and assignments. Your lead FLO facilitator for this micro-course is Ken Harmel. Ken Harmel is a family guy working as a senior learning designer at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV). He began teaching in the tech sector and then spent 13 years in Japan honing his teaching skills with Japan Airlines Academy. Intrigued by the potential of distance education, he acquired his M.Ed. on that topic and thus began his pursuit of the elusive perfect online course. Ken has been a member of the BCcampus community for years and contributes much of his success at UFV to the professional development that BCcampus offers. 

Please Note: This FLO MicroCourse is an asynchronous one-week course with one synchronous session on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Pacific Time).

This event is free. To ensure we have an inclusive and welcoming environment for all, we’ve added registration to all our sessions.

Register now!

This notice is to inform you that this session will be recorded, archived, and made available publicly on BCcampus.ca. By participating in this session, you acknowledge that your participation in this session will be recorded and the recording will be made available openly.

UBC: Indigenous Knowledges and Open Education Symposium
Oct 22 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
UBC: Indigenous Knowledges and Open Education Symposium

On October 22, 2021, the Open Education Working Group invites you to join us for the inaugural Open Education and Indigenous Knowledges Symposium to learn about and discuss the intersections between open education and Indigenous knowledges and ways of knowing. Many conversations around open education (OE) focus on a Eurocentric framework of copyright and intellectual property rights that are sometimes in tension with Indigenous knowledge systems. The goal of the Open Education and Indigenous Knowledges Symposium is to centre Indigenous ways of knowing, culture, experiences, and worldviews within our OE advocacy work.


Tashia Kootenayo (President, SUO) and Donna Langille (Community Engagement and Open Education Librarian, UBC Okanagan)

Keynote, Open Education and Ethical Consideration for Indigenous Knowledges

Speaker: Kayla Lar-Son

The open education movement has provided a substantial improvement to the learning and research needs of students, faculty, and community members. This has been done through various barrier free methods of publishing, and mitigates any financial strains that can occur. However within the open access movement there needs to be careful consideration for Indigenous Knowledges, which are deeply rooted in community defined ethics and protocols, that do not fit into ordinary academic contexts. This talk will address some of the concerns around open access and Indigenous Knowledges, while exploring tools, principles, and practices for engaging with Indigenous communities.

Kayla Lar-Son is Metis and Ukrainian Settler, originally from Treaty 6 Territory. She is currently the Indigenous programs and services librarian for the Xwi7xwa library at UBC and the program manager librarian for the Indigitization program. Kayla is also a co-host for masinahikan iskwêwak the Book Women podcast.

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Accountability and Repairing Relationships: Two-Part Workshop
Oct 22 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Accountability and Repairing Relationships: Two-Part Workshop

This two-part workshop is designed to support B.C. post-secondary institutions with the delivery of the recently released Accountability and Repairing Relationships: Training and Facilitation Guide for preventing and responding to sexual violence.

Part 1: October 22, 2–3:30 p.m.
This session will introduce participants to the foundations of the Accountability and Repairing Relationships resource. We will touch on strategies to prepare for delivery of the training, introduce response-based practice ideas, and provide time for questions, reflection, and discussion.

Part 2: October 29, 2-­3:30 p.m.
This session will start with overview of the Accountability and Repairing Relationships training modules and share feedback we have received to date. We will then guide participants through a reflective activity about working with people who have caused harm, and we’ll end with space for discussion about peer connection and moving the work forward. Note: Attendees have the option to attend both or one of these workshops; however, we recommend you attend both when possible.


Meaghan Hagerty (she/her) has a master of science in global health and is currently a doctoral student in community engagement, social change, and equity at UBC Okanagan. Between these degrees, Meaghan worked at Thompson Rivers University in roles connected to wellness and sexualized violence prevention and response. To balance out homework (or as procrastination tools), Meaghan likes to get outside, plan hypothetical trips for the future, watch the Bachelor and The Bachelorette with a running feminist critique, and spend time with her people and their dogs.

Amber Huva (she/her) is on parental leave until November 2021 from her position at Thompson Rivers University as sexualized violence prevention and response manager. Previous to being in this role on campus, Amber worked in community with women and children fleeing violence as well as with youth and adults experiencing homelessness, poverty, and concerns around mental health and substance use. Amber has a master’s degree in social work and has been in the field for close to 15 years. This year Amber grew a pandemic veggie garden, and it was marvellous. When she’s not busy caring for small kiddos or watching Netflix, she likes getting out to paddle and hike.

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This notice is to inform you that this session will be recorded, archived, and made available publicly on BCcampus.ca. By participating in this session, you acknowledge that your participation in this session will be recorded and the recording will be made available openly.

Lunchable Learning
Oct 25 @ 12:00 pm
Lunchable Learning

“Lunchable Learning” is a weekly web radio show live-streamed Mondays at noon on ds106 Radio. We have 10 shows planned from October 4 to December 6, 2021. The goal of “Lunchable Learning” is to provide post-secondary educators with professional learning in a new and fun format that explores and models digital literacy and a curious, experimental mindset. The radio show will aim to:

  • Raise awareness of current hot topics in B.C. post-secondary education
  • Feature guest interviews with individuals from the post-secondary sector
  • Highlight tools and tips for teaching and group facilitation
  • Encourage experiments with teaching and learning strategies through challenge activities
  • Provide resources on show topics for listeners to read and explore further

“Lunchable Learning”: Trending topics, tools, and tips for individuals who teach and love to learn, brought to you by BCcampus. For more information and to tune in, go to http://lunchablelearning.opened.ca.

Join the conversation on Twitter: #DS106 #LunchableLearning


Leva Lee, host 

Leva is manager of Learning + Teaching at BCcampus. She has many years of experience leading online learning projects and professional development opportunities for the secondary and post-secondary sectors in B.C., with a background in open and distance learning and educational technology. Her special interests are micro-learning design, fostering communities of practice, and creative facilitation practices for learning engagement. She is a Liberating Structures practitioner and an enthusiastic promoter of the B.C. post-secondary community and those committed to improving the student experience. When not online, you can find Leva inspecting her fledgling flower and vegetable garden, reading one of too many recipe books, or trying to eke out time in the day to sketch or do art.

Twitter: @levalee 

LinkedIn: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/levalee

Helena Prins, host

Helena is an advisor of Learning + Teaching at BCcampus and coordinates the Facilitating Learning Online (FLO) portfolio. She began her career as a high-school teacher in South Africa. Over the past 20 years, Helena has taught students of all ages and stages on four continents. A golden thread throughout her teaching experiences has been breaking down barriers to learning. Prior to joining BCcampus in 2020, Helena worked as a career learning and development advisor at Royal Roads University. As an immigrant, she values the opportunity to support all students, especially international students, in finding and building their career path in Canada. She is a certified career strategist with Career Professionals Canada. Helena is currently also associate faculty at Royal Roads University.

Twitter: @helenaprins 

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/helenaprins

Harper Friedman, technical producer  

Harper is the open textbook production assistant at BCcampus. He initially joined the team as a co-op student and during that time helped create and facilitate several webinars in partnership with Helena and the Learning + Teaching team. A recent graduate of the University of Victoria, Harper is using his skills to help create openly licensed educational resources and produce this radio show. In his spare time, you can find him falling off 15-foot walls while bouldering, walking around town with his field recorder, and learning about web app development.


TRU: Getting Started: Finding, Using, and Adapting Open Resources
Oct 25 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
TRU: Getting Started: Finding, Using, and Adapting Open Resources

This is an external event hosted by Thompson Rivers University. 

The open education movement is based on faculty taking back control of the content delivered in the classroom. Faculty create resources based on their needs and then license them so that others can similarly use, reuse, or adapt them. Creating/using open educational resources (OER), whether big (such as open textbooks or open courses) or small (such as images, videos, or quiz questions), can significantly increase student learning and success.

There are millions of openly licensed resources available that can be used “as is” or modified to better meet your own needs. Whether you’re looking for an open textbook to use or you’d like to use a number of resources to align with your course’s learning outcomes, this session will equip you with tips and best practices on how to find and evaluate existing OER, an overview of Creative Commons licences, suggestions on things to consider when reusing or modifying OER for your classes, and information about what help is available at TRU to support you in integrating OER into your teaching.

Register on the TRU event page.

UBC: Open and Equitable Publishing: Get to Know ICER Press!
Oct 26 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
UBC: Open and Equitable Publishing: Get to Know ICER Press!

Meet the ICER Press! The Institute for Community Engaged Research (ICER) Press strives to support and promote the publication of open access scholarship focused on community-engaged research that illustrates a commitment to social justice. Please join us to learn more about the benefits and challenges of starting an open access press and the team’s experience with open and equitable publishing.


Donna Langille, Editorial Librarian, UBCO Library, Community Engagement and Open Education Librarian


Fiona P. McDonald, Director of Press

Joanne Carey, Managing Editor

Renoir Gauvin, Editorial Assistant (2021)

Madelaine Lekei, Editorial Design Assistant (2021-2022)

Hanna Paul, Editorial Assistant (2021)

Amanda Brobbel, Editorial Consultant of Scholarly Communications, UBCO Senior Manager, Writing and Language Learning Services

Sandra Fox, Indigenous Editorial Advisor, UBCO Office of Research Services, Indigenous Community Liaison Officer

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UBC: Open 101 Workshop
Oct 26 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
UBC: Open 101 Workshop

Would you like to learn more about open education and open educational resources but don’t know where to start? This introductory workshop is for you.

This session will provide an overview to the open education movement including what it is and why it matters. This session will cover:

1) Definition and examples of open educational resources

2) Benefits of OER to both students and faculty

3) First steps toward adopting, adapting, or creating OER

4) How to find additional support with OE at UBC Library

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BCIT: Book Launch – Engineering Systems Dynamics, Modelling, Simulation, and Design
Oct 27 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
BCIT: Book Launch - Engineering Systems Dynamics, Modelling, Simulation, and Design

This is an external event hosted by the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT).

Join us in celebrating the launch of Mehrzad Tabatabaian (Faculty, Mechanical Engineering Dept.)’s open textbook Engineering Systems Dynamics Modelling, Simulation, and Design: Lagrangian and Bond Graph Methods.

This open education resource presents effective system modelling methods, including Lagrangian and bond graph, and the application of a relevant engineering software tool, 20-sim. The content is designed for engineering students and professionals in the field to support their understanding and application of these methods for modelling, simulation, and design of engineering systems. The text also includes videos showing selected worked-out examples.

Register on the BCIT event page.

UBC: OA Myth Busting Workshop
Oct 27 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
UBC: OA Myth Busting Workshop

OA or Open Access started in the 1990s, just long enough ago for a number of myths and misconceptions to become firmly rooted. This workshop brings the facts to combat the myths, but with a lighter touch. Come for the facts, stay for the light-hearted banter.

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