Open Education Week Events


Open Education Week is taking place March 5-9th. BCcampus is supporting these activities through co-ordination, sponsorship, or co-promotion.  These offerings are a rich combination of online and onsite events to help you learn more and celebrate Open Education Week 2018!

Calling Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island Institutions


UnCommon Women Panel

Date: Monday, March 5
Time: 5:00 pm- 8:00 pm
Location: SFU Harbour Centre, Segal Rooms 1400 & 1410

 

5pm-6pm: Wine & appetizers (sponsored by BCcampus)
6pm-8pm: Panel hosted by Kelsey Merkley (Creative Commons Canada), speakers include: Gwen Bird (SFU), Surita Jhangiani (JIBC), Rosie Redfield (UBC), Kory Wilson (BCIT)

 

In the 2014 Tutu Lecture “Women in Peace” Mary Robinson, Portrait of Kelsey MerkleyPresident of Ireland, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights spoke to the importance of gender equality of the decision-makers in the room.  And the value of amplifying the voice of women leaders brings more to the room and the decisions – Her practical recommendation was simple: “that women in positions of authority walk into a room that is dominated by men should ask “What’s wrong with this room?

Kelsey Merkley started UnCommon Women because she saw a gap between the women in senior operating roles and the men in “Thought Leader” roles. In other words, the women were getting s*** done. Kelsey wanted to celebrate and amplify the many strong brilliant and busy women of the commons.

Join Kelsey Merkley as she interviews and facilitates a conversation with a few of the UnCommon Women (Kory Wilson, Surita Jhangiani, Gwen Bird, and Rosie Redfield) in the lower mainland, BC. This is a kick off event for Open Education week and we hope you join us!


Open Education Week: Open in Action

Date: Tuesday, March 6
Time: 8:30 am- 2:00 pm

 

Open Education Week’s goal is to raise awareness about free and open educational opportunities that exist for everyone, everywhere, right now.  We want to highlight how open education can help people meet their goals in education, whether that’s to develop skills and knowledge for work, supporting formal studies, learning something new for personal interest, or looking for additional teaching resources.

Join faculty, staff, and students at KPU Richmond Campus- Melville Centre for Dialogue to celebrate the Open Education Movement in BC. This event will include presentations from open advocates at various Institutions who will discuss their projects in detail and share how they have put open education into action. We are very pleased to welcome the BC Federation of Students to start the morning with all of us, as they will highlight the advocacy work they are engaged in from both an institutional perspective as well as governmental. The day will follow with presentations, lightning sessions, and hands-on activities

8:30-9:00 am Coffee (sponsored by BCIT) & networking

9:00-9:10 am Welcome by Dr. Salvador Ferreras, Vice-President Academic & Provost, KPU

9:10-9:55 am Student perspectives on Open Education – BC Federation of Students panel

10:00-10:45 am Understanding Indigenous Practice in Open – Kory Wilson, Executive Director, Indigenous Initiatives, and Partnerships, BCIT

Kory comes to BCIT most recently from Vancouver Community College where she served as Director, Aboriginal Education, and Community Engagement since 2011. Kory is Chair of the National Indigenous Education Committee of Colleges and Institutions Canada and a Global Access to Post-Secondary Education Ambassador. Kory has a law degree from UBC. With over 20 years of experience in post-secondary education, community development, and the legal profession, Kory’s passion lies “in ensuring success for Aboriginal Learners and other multi-barriered learners”. She has a deep commitment to education and has dedicated her working life to ensuring that under-represented learners succeed, both within learning institutions and the larger community. Kory is a member of the We Wai Kai Nation (Quadra Island) and is Musgamagw Tsawataineuk and Laich-Kwil-Tach. Both nations are part of the Kwakwaka’wakw Nation, also known as the Kwak’wala speaking people.

10:50-11:20 am Launching Canada’s first Zed Cred programs – Krista Lambert, Open Education Advisor, BCcampus/Instructional Designer, JIBC & Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani, Special Advisor to the Provost on Open Education, KPU

A “Zed Cred” refers to a degree pathway that involves zero textbook costs, based on the adoption of open educational resources (e.g., open textbooks) or use of institutionally subscribed resources (e.g., library databases). In 2017, BCcampus awarded Zed Cred grants to three BC institutions–Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), Thompson Rivers University, Open Learning (TRU-OL), and the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC).

In this session, members of the Zed Cred teams will describe the collaborative approach to co-developing and peer-reviewing resources as well as share strategies used to build institutional capacity (e.g., faculty and staff training), identifying and overcoming challenges (e.g., integrating a Zed Cred notation in course timetables), conducting  research (e.g., to evaluate the institutional
impact of OER adoption), and developing a strategic framework.

11:25-11:55 am Developing in-house OER training – Caroline Daniels, Systems Librarian, KPU & Lucas Wright, Open Education Advisor, BCcampus

Migrating your documents into a web-ready book has never been easier. Or has it?? While Pressbooks can magically turn your documents into online books (it seems), some faculty require a kick start, while others want full hands-on help to pull their lectures and writings onto the open web. Find out how KPU Library is embedding themselves into the creative process on the Pressbooks platform. Learn what tools can work within Pressbooks to enhance delivery.

12:00-1:00 pm Lunch sponsored by BCcampus

Brief showcase presentations from 12:15 pm by SFU, KPU, BCIT, UBC, & BCcampus

1:00-1:30 pm Opening Up Your Own Practice – Will Engle, Open Education Strategist, CTLT, UBC  and Erin Fields, Liaison Librarian & Flexible Learning Coordinator, UBC Library

There are a number of ways we support students and faculty in our institutions engaging in open scholarly practice. This kind of support role can sometimes eclipse the ways we can engage in openly creating and sharing the products of our own work.  This session will showcase how the presenters “open up” their own practices and generate practical ways to incorporate the tenants of openness into our everyday workflows.

1:30-1:50 pm Updates & future plans – Amanda Coolidge, Senior Manager of Open Education, BCcampus

1:50-2:00 pm Closing comments: Todd Mundle, University Librarian


More Affordable and Accessible Education: You Can Help

Date: Wednesday, March 7
Time: 12:30 pm- 1:30 pm
Location: Langara College in the Library – Room L216

 

Open education and open educational resources can make education more affordable and accessible for students and create new opportunities for instructors to adapt and customize resources for their teaching practice, context, and discipline. Open education can enable us to reconsider the role of students in our classes and consider ways that they can be partners, co-authors and to share their work beyond the classroom.

Session Goals
  • Learn about the potential value of open education and open education resources
  • Identify how resources can be adapted for different disciplines and teaching contexts.
  • Learn how to include and engage students in open education practices

Facilitators: Lucas Wright & Krista Lambert, Open Education Advisors, BCcampus


Open Education Week: Open in Action

Date: Thursday, March 8
Time: 9:30 am- 3:00pm

 

Open Education Week’s goal is to raise awareness about free and open educational opportunities that exist for everyone, everywhere, right now.  We want to highlight how open education can help people meet their goals in education, whether that’s to develop skills and knowledge for work, supporting formal studies, learning something new for personal interest, or looking for additional teaching resources.

Join faculty, staff and students at the Innovations Lab @ Interurban campus, Camosun College to celebrate the Open Education Movement in BC. This event will include presentations from open advocates at various Institutions who will discuss their projects in detail and share how they have put open education into action.

9:30 am Welcome and Introduction

9:40-10:20 am Kelsey Merkley – The Intersections of Open Portrait of Kelsey Merkley

Kelsey Merkley is an open innovation practitioner. After 7 years in South Africa she has extensive experience in managing Pan-African projects with an open education focus, including Africa Open Toolkits, the Pan-African Open Advocate Training Program #openafrica & Kumusha Bus stops. Previous projects include working with Siyavula, Nolwazi, WikiAfrica, University of Cape Town IP Unit, City of Cape Town Open Data Project, UNICEF Innovation Unit, and the Shuttleworth Foundation. She has hosted events including the first African Open Textbook Summit and the Institute for Open Leadership. She founded Open Textbooks for Africa a project designed to support the adaption and adoption of Open Textbooks across Africa.

Now based in Toronto, Kelsey is Public Lead for Creative Commons Canada after serving as Public Lead for Creative Commons South Africa for 4 years. Creative Commons is the global standard for legal sharing. Kelsey has expertise in IP Law, Open Textbooks, Open Educational Resources, Open Policy, Open Business Models and loves Community Building.

Most recently Kelsey has worked with Creative Commons HQ, and e-Campus Ontario.

Kelsey’s talent is creating a robust local and international partnerships and communities. She was named one of South Africa’s brightest young minds by Mail & Guardian in 2015 and was a speaker at 2015 TEDxCapeTown.

 

10:20-10:30 am Break

10:30- 11:00 am Inba Kehoe – Scholarly Publishing UVIC

11:00-11:30 am Elizabeth Childs – Transforming an entire program at RRU

11:30-12:00 pm Amanda Coolidge, BCcampus – Project Updates and New Call for Proposals

12:00-1:00 pm Lunch sponsored by BCcampus

1:00-2:00 pm Lightning Rounds

Michael Paskevicius, VIU

Sue Doner, Camosun College

Janni Aargon, UVIC

George Veltsianos, RRU

2:00-3:oo pm Uncommon Women Panel – hosted by Kelsey Merkley, featuring UnCommon Women, Mary Burgess and Jennifer Walinga

In the 2014 Tutu Lecture “Women in Peace” Mary Robinson, President ofIreland, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights spoke to the importance of gender equality of the decision-makers in the room.  And the value of amplifying the voice of women leaders brings more to the room and the decisions – Her practical recommendation was simple “that women in positions of authority walk into a room that is dominated by men should ask “What’s wrong with this room?””

Kelsey Merkley started UnCommon Women because she saw a gap between the women in senior operating roles and the men in “Thought Leader” roles. In other words, the women were getting s*** done. Kelsey wanted to celebrate and amplify the many strong brilliant and busy women of the commons.

Join Kelsey Merkley as she interviews and facilitates a conversation with UnCommon Women, Mary Burgess and Jennifer Walinga.

Uncommon Women Panel - participants look on as Kelsey Merkley introduces the Uncommon Women panel at OpenEd17

Open Education Week Events at Douglas College

Come Discover the Power of Pressbooks

Date: March 6, 2018
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Location: Douglas College Library Classroom, New Westminster Campus, room N2100A

Join Jennifer Kirkey for this hands-on session on Pressbooks. Get the most benefit by creating your free Pressbook account. No time, no worries, come along and we’ll help get you started.

By the end of this session you will be able to import and export books, as well as perform simple edits. Pressbooks is the software preferred by BCcampus for the production of open resources. Pressbook publications can easily be viewed online, as a PDF or in a variety of e-readers. It is based on WordPress.

Feel free to drop in, or register now.

TEACHING WITH WIKIPEDIA

Open Douglas invites you to join Will Engle for this hands-on introduction to using Wikipedia in the classroom.

Date:  March 9, 2018
Time:  2:00 – 3:30 PM
Location:  Douglas College Library Classroom, New Westminster Campus, room N2100A

Will EngleTeaching with Wikipedia transforms a classroom’s boundaries. Every day, students write papers, translate articles, or share photos with their class. Wikipedia assignments transform that classroom into a global audience. Students learn, and then share that learning in their own words, for real readers.

Wikipedia-based assignments can engage students in an authentic learning experience that involves open collaboration, critical thinking, and knowledge building for a global audience. When students write or edit in Wikipedia, they are not using the same format or skills that they would in writing a research paper or persuasive essay – they are applying new strategies to produce knowledge that people will use in the real world and they are building digital literacies.

  • Considerations about challenges and opportunities when we ask students to work in the open
  • Overview of Wikipedia history and culture
  • Wikipedia assignments best practices and editing how to’s No Wikipedia editing experience necessary!

Will is engaged with projects that are leveraging emerging technologies, approaches, and pedagogies to support flexible and open learning. With a background in library science, Will is interested in understanding and supporting the removal of barriers that limit access to education, information, and knowledge.

Register now

 

OER CHAMPION CELEBRATION

Open Education Champion Reception

Open Douglas invites you to our 2nd Annual celebration of Open Education Champions courtesy of Learning Resources. Light snacks provided – no host bar available.

Date:  March 9, 2017
Time:  3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Location:  Douglas College, New Westminster Campus. Laura C Muir Theatre Foyer – 4th floor North

Register now.


Open Education for Teaching and Learning

Date: Wednesday, March 7 – 11:00am to 12:30pm
Location: SFU Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7200
RegistrationRegister online here
Note: Coffee and light refreshments will be served

In celebration of Open Education Week 2018, join us for a talk with Kelsey Merkley from Creative Commons Canada.

Kelsey Merkley is the Public Lead for Creative Commons Canada after serving as Public Lead for Creative Commons South Africa for 4 years. Most recently, Kelsey has worked with Creative Commons HQ, and e-Campus Ontario.  She has hosted events including the first African Open Textbook Summit and the Institute for Open Leadership. She founded Open Textbooks for Africa, a project designed to support the adaption and adoption of Open Textbooks across Africa. Kelsey’s talent is creating robust local and international partnerships and communities. She was named one of South Africa’s brightest young minds by Mail & Guardian in 2015 and was a speaker at 2015 TEDxCapeTown.


Freedom to Read Week ~ Topic: Access to Information

Date: March 7, 2018
Time: 12-2pm
Location: UBC in the Irving K Barber Learning Centre – DodsonRoom
Free Registration

You’re invited to join BCLA Student Chapter’s annual Freedom to Read Week! We are welcoming librarians from universities and colleges across the Lower Mainland to discuss making research and information accessible, both at the university and in the wider community. We’re very excited to host our guest participants in a dialogue:

  • Alissa Cherry, Research Manager, Museum of Anthropology
  • Heather De Forest, Community Scholar Librarian, Simon Fraser University
  • Heather Lynch, Community Scholar, Simon Fraser University
  • Carla Graebner, Librarian for Research Data Services and Government Information, Simon Fraser University
  • Shirley Lew, Dean, Library, Teaching and Learning Services, Vancouver Community College
  • Bronwen Sprout, Head, Digital Programs and Services, Digital Initiatives, University of British Columbia

Pixelating DH Mixer – OpenStreetMap Mapping Party

Date: March 8, 2018
Time: 1-2:30pm
Location: UBC in the Irving K Barber Learning Centre – Rm 216 (Rm 217 overflow)
Free Registration

Join us for an introductory session and mapping party where we will contribute to the freely accessible, non-commercial dataset of the world – OpenStreetMap (OSM). Contributions from this mapping party are toward Building Canada 2020 (BC2020i) – a nation-wide initiative to map all of Canada’s buildings by 2020. With the aid of aerial imagery, we will map buildings in rural Masset and Trail, British Columbia. Inexperienced mappers are welcome (and encouraged!) to attend.

The first 30 minutes of this session will be an info session to give new mappers a firm understanding of OSM principals and get off the ground to start adding buildings with confidence. Attendees can expect to spend about an hour mapping their area of choice. Pizza and light refreshments will be provided. OSM is a mapping collaborative aiming to create an open geographic dataset of the world, collected and imported by volunteers worldwide. OSM data is used by a variety of industries for a wide range of purposes as a replacement for other proprietary sources of geographic data – and map parties and mapathons are particularly notable for their benefit to emergency response efforts after large natural disasters as they can provide swift logistical support for on-site responders.


Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-athon

Date: March 10, 2018
Time: 12-5pm
Location: UBC – Belkin Gallery
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Date: March 11, 2018
Time: 12-5pm
Location: UBC –  Western Front
Free Registration

Wikimedia’s gender trouble is well-documented. While the reasons for the gender gap are up for debate, the practical effect of this disparity, however, is not. Content is skewed by the lack of female participation. This represents an alarming absence in an increasingly important repository of shared knowledge.

Let’s change that. Join us for a communal updating of Wikipedia entries on subjects related to art and feminism. We will provide help for the beginner Wikipedian, reference materials, childcare, and refreshments. Bring your laptop, power cord and ideas for entries that need updating or creation. People of all gender identities and expressions are invited to participate.


Learning Analytics & Open Data Hackathon

Date: March 10 & 11, 2018
Time: 9am to 5pm
Location:  UBC Sauder Learning Labs
Free Registration – Registration is currently full. You may be added to the waitlist. 

Please join us for the 3rd UBC Learning Analytics Hackathon on March 10th and 11.

The Hackathon seeks to explore in what ways learning data can be used to benefit students. Participants will have access to open learning data sets and will work towards developing, designing, and proposing tools, reports, and visualizations that could be used to improve student learning and experiences. Innovative proposals or designs could become part of the UBC’s Learning Analytics pilot.

During this two-day hackathon, participants will form teams, work on an open data set, propose and design visualizations and dashboards and then show off what they accomplished at the end of the weekend with a brief presentation.

This year we will work with open data that includes course based activities. Ever wondered what patterns can be determined from how students are interacting and engaging with course materials and resources and how that information could be used to improve learning? Interested in learning what course data looks like? Do you have some ideas for analysis or applications that might give insight into this data? Can you think of a way to appropriately visualize or act upon this data?

If you have the desire to explore educational data, or to even just learn more about learning analytics, data analysis and/or visualization then we are looking for you to join us! This event brings together students, researchers, faculty, staff, and any other interested individuals to get hands-on experience with analyzing and working with learning data.

The hackathon is free but registration is required. We will provide data, space, mentoring, breakfasts, and lunches. No prior experience is necessary.