What is Open UBC?

Open UBC is a curated collection of resources for faculty and students to learn about the why, what and how of open education practices and what they mean to teaching and learning at UBC. It will evolve as our practices evolve on our campuses and beyond.

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Christina Hendricks

Professor of Teaching - Philosophy - UBC-V

"The value of peer to peer connecting is partly that students will learn a lot not just from what they hear from other people but from what they tell to other people. Conversations with other students bring such different perspectives and interpretations. They help can see something from a new view and open up your eyes.”"

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Mark MacLean

Undergraduate Chair - Math Department - UBC-V

In the 2016 academic year, instructors in 16 math courses have adopted open or free textbooks, impacting 7,000 students and saving them between $608,000 and $1,024,000. "We have to make sure that if we choose to build these resources to understand what they are and how they affect student experiences in learning.”

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Tara Robertson

Accessibility Librarian - CAPER-BC

“The idea of accessibility can help push the open education movement even further forward. We work in higher education because we believe in the transformative power of education. So I believe that it should be accessible to all people, regardless of ability. We should ask ourselves what kind of society we want, and how education can help us get there.”

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Gregor Kiczales

Professor - Computer Science - Senior Advisor for Digital Learning Strategy - UBC-V

“In education, open means learners won’t have to pay for the materials, and it means that instructors can build on each other’s work to create better and better learning.” >>>Read More

Rosie Redfield

Professor - Zoology - UBC-V

"Open is all about our responsibility to the students, to do our best by the students"

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Open UBC Snapshot

Increasing Activity and Impact

Since 2011, at least 46,000 UBC students have been impacted by a wide range of open educational practices, including 16,450 who have been enrolled in courses in which instructors have replaced textbooks with open resources. These figures are increasing; the numbers of students impacted by open resources in 2016 is double what it was in 2015.

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Arthur Gill Green

Postdoctoral Fellow - Geography - UBC-V

"Open pedagogy can help instructors reinvent some of the ways that they teach and open up a discussion with the students about their needs. It recognizes we are all learners in process"

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Maja Krzic

Associate Professor - Soil Science - UBC-V

"If we don’t evolve, if we don’t try to do new things, we are trapped in how our discipline is taught and regarded. So I am hopeful that [open education] will continue to grow in popularity and use in my discipline."

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Claudia Krebs

Professor of Teaching - Medicine- UBC-V

“When you look at access to post-secondary education worldwide, there are a lot of countries who can’t afford to produce media like this. We can and so we should share that information ..."

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Did you know..?



  • The most frequently used kinds of OER reported by BC faculty are images, videos and open textbooks.
  • Faculty appreciate the concepts of OER. When presented with the concept of OER, most faculty say that they are willing to give it a try.
  • The most significant barrier to wider adoption of OER remains a faculty perception of the time and effort required to find and evaluate them.
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  • only 24% of UBC students expect to graduate debt-free.
  • the cost of textbooks increases at several times the average rate of inflation.
  • many students skip buying textbooks due to cost, even though they know it will hurt their learning.
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Perspectives on Open Learning & Teaching

Video credit: UBC’s CTLT interview with delegates from the 2015 Open Education Conference held in Vancouver, B.C..

Aggregating open resources around learning outcomes; adapting resources to meet your needs; broader audiences for student work and cost savings…

These are some of the benefits of open practice according to conference delegates. How are open practices changing learning at UBC?
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