2018/19 Open Education Advocacy and Research Fellows

To help academic leaders in British Columbia pursue their commitment to improving the student learning experience through the use of open educational resources (OER) and open educational practices (OEP), we offer a fellowship program: The Open Education Advocacy and Research (OEAR) Fellows.

OEAR Fellows are focused on encouraging the adoption of open textbooks; advocating for student-centred learning design and the integration of open practices; conducting research on open education for post-secondary institutions in B.C.; and helping BCcampus ensure the resources in our open collection are relevant and high-quality.

Historically, the OEAR Fellows concentrated their research and investigation on a single project. For the 2018-2019 candidates, we opened the focus to enable the four members to pursue separate but related research projects.

The 2018-2019 OEAR Fellows

Dr. Jonathan Verrett, an Instructor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of British Columbia (UBC), is investigating the economics of developing open textbooks to compare the development and costs through a lens of open textbooks vs. commercial publisher resources.

Steven Earle, a professor in the Earth Science Department at Vancouver Island University (VIU) – Open Learning and Thompson Rivers University (TRU), is working on understanding how students use open textbooks in their courses.

Florence Daddey, the Program Manager and Sessional Faculty for the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Innovation (CTLI) at the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC), is analyzing the use of OER in law enforcement courses in Year 1 vs. Year 2.

Erin Fields, Liaison Librarian and Flexible Learning Coordinator in the Humanities & Social Sciences Division at the University of British Columbia (UBC), is exploring the state of critical information literacy in action using open pedagogy.

Follow the OEAR Fellows on open.bccampus.ca and through updates at BCcampus-hosted conferences, such as the Festival of Learning and the Open Textbook Summit.