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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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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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..?

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Instructors

  • 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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Students

  • 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?
Check out our Stories to learn more.


Events

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