This toolkit aims to provide information on how to successfully advocate for greater OER adoption on campus for any interested student societies/associations as well as individual students. It intends to serve primarily post-secondary students in Canada working to support open education, but we hope it will be useful to students from any country. Greater OER adoption results in a greater amount of student dollars saved, pedagogical benefits in the classroom, and benefits to society more broadly, and this toolkit both explains these benefits and provides some guidance on how students can help them to be achieved.
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Creative Commons Guide

The Creative Commons guide is an openly licensed guide developed to support faculty, staff and students adopting, adapting and producing open educational resources. This guide has been developed on the UBC Wiki and is licensed Creative Commons, Attribution 4.0.

Digital Tattoo

The goal of the Digital Tattoo project is to raise questions, provide examples and links to resources to encourage you to think about your presence online, navigate the issues involved in forming and re-forming your digital identity and learn about your rights and responsibilities as a digital citizen. It’s original content is published under the Creative Commons-Attribution 3.0 license to allow for sharing and re-publishing

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DIY Media Learning Community

The DIY Media Learning Community is a collection of UBC people (designers, media specialists, instructors, students, and other DIYers) who want to help others create DIY media. Do it yourself (DIY) is a term that describes a method of creating, modifying, or repairing something without the aid of experts or professionals. The DIY Media Learning Community supports the DIY Media resource site.

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Engage UBC

Over 100 exhibits have been created by UBC students using RRN Publisher. While curating their own exhibits, students are able to collaborate with each other, gain exposure to contemporary museum research tools, and learn to think critically about online resources.

The Reciprocal Research Network (RRN) is an online research environment co-developed by the Musqueam Indian Band, the Stó:lō Nation / Stó:lō Tribal Council, the U’mista Cultural Society and the Museum of Anthropology at UBC. The RRN provides access to Northwest Coast material culture housed in 26 partner institutions around the world. It enables geographically dispersed users and institutions — including originating communities, academics, and museum staff — to carry out individual or collaborative cultural heritage research projects. Diverse user groups are able to share their own perspectives and knowledge with the people and institutions that make up the RRN community.

ENGL470D CanLit Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

UBC’s English 470D (Canadian Studies), focuses on the intersection of Canadian Literature and Web 2.0. In 2017, the course featured a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon in which students were asked to address the exigence of equitable representation in Wikipedia by contributing new or expanding existing articles about Canadian literature.

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eNuniciate Pronunciation Resource

The eNunciate site is an openly licensed resource that developed that was born out of the collaboration of the Department of Linguistics and the Department of Asian Studies, so that the former could apply the ultrasound technology to test biovisual feedback (Gick, et al. 2008) in the context of the second language learning, and the latter could provide students with video materials to help them to improve their pronunciation outside the class.

The site includes: instructional videos, phonetics videos, an interactive IPA chart, and instructional resources for Japanese and English pronunciation. These resources were co-created by students. The eNunciate site resource is open and licensed as Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International.

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Faculty Development Resources in Medicine

The Faculty of Medicine has developed several teaching programs that incorporate a blend of online and face-to-face materials that are available to be shared and adapted to various departments in medicine to use- following the Train the Trainer model. They also support this adaptation of our resources and will then categorize and share them.

A number of the resources are Creative Commons Licensed

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Greek Epigraphic Squeezes: Developing a Digital Environment

This student-driven project was a  collaboration between the Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies department  with the UBC Library to digitize 700 Greek Epigraphic Squeezes and develop the descriptive content necessary to deliver comprehensive online collections. “Since the spring of 2013, a dedicated group of graduate and undergraduate students have been working tirelessly to create open access digital repositories for these collections in order for scholars, professors, and the general public alike to enjoy these incredible artifacts that span nearly three thousand years of human history. “

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International Reporting Program UBC School of Journalism

The International Reporting Program maintains a creative commons library of all the material that has been filmed, photographed and collected in the field. This entire library of raw material is available for free for non-commercial use. The footage needs to be requested using a web form

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Math Exam Resource Wiki

The Math Exam Resources wiki is a community project started in March 2012 by graduate students at the UBC Math Department and it features hints and worked out solutions to past math exams. The goal of the project is to provide an open and free educational resource to undergraduate students taking math courses, with a strong emphasis for first and second year courses. The provided solutions do not simply provide what the answer is, but instead focus on the processes that it takes to solve the problem.

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Neuroanatomy at UBC

Neuroanatomy at UBC is a website that includes photographs, diagrams, illustrations, MRI scans, and 3D reconstructions of functionally important parts of the human brain. The website is maintained by Dr. Claudia Krebs, a senior instructor in the Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences at UBC. All original content on the Neuroanatomy at UBC website is licensed under a CC BY-NC-SA 2.5 license.

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Open Access Guide

This is an open library resource guide that provides learners information and support for open access publication. The resource is divided into: Why publish Open Access? How do I make my work Open Access? Institutional Open Access Mandates, UBC Open Access Position Statement, Find Open Access Literature.

The guide is openly licensed

Open Badges Project

Digital badges are emerging as a vital component of open, flexible learning systems as a way to signify levels of participation as well as the achievement of skills and knowledge. Within UBC, badge technologies have also been identified as an essential horizon to be explored in realizing our flexible learning potential. This FL-TLEF funded project will convene UBC badge ‘early-adopters’ representing 3 programs, together with CTLT expertise, to collectively pioneer badge-based learning pathways.

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Open Case Studies

This project has brought together faculty and students from across departments and Faculties to co-create an interdisciplinary, open educational resource on sustainability and environmental ethics. The structure and open nature of this resource will allow faculty and students to contribute to and provide commentary on a collection of case studies through the lens of their respective academic disciplines. The resource has been developed using the UBC Wiki and will be continued to be built upon throughout the project.

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Open e-Portfolios

Open e-Portfolio projects have been developed in different teaching and learning contexts across UBC. These open e-Portfolios provide a space for the collection of learning artifacts, as well as for reflection on learning goals and experiences. They place an emphasis on student ownership, creativity and flexibility in the development and support of these spaces. e-Portfolios are owned by students and can be shared publically or maintained privately depending on student goals.

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Open Education Community of Practice

The Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology supports Open Education in various ways, including a community of practice around the sharing of educational resources and practices that are freely available for anyone to reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute.

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Open Education Resource Guide

This guide was developed in partnership with BCCampus and 10 British Columbia postsecondary libraries interested in open education resources (OER) and education. The resources developed are meant to provide a single authoritative and sustainable space for all British Columbia postsecondary libraries in the identification and use of OER resources

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Open UBC Week

Open UBC is held in conjunction with International Open Access Week, which encourages the academic community to come together to share and learn about open scholarship initiatives locally and worldwide. Open UBC showcases a week of diverse events highlighting areas of open scholarship in which UBC’s researchers, faculty, students and staff participate. Image attribution: International Open Access Week Logo. Created by Andrea Higginbotham. CC-BY.

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Phylo: The Trading Card Game

Phylo is a project that began as a reaction to the following nugget of information: Kids know more about Pokemon creatures than they do about real creatures. We think there’s something wrong with that. Apparently, so do many others. Phylo is a card game that makes use of the wonderful, complex, and inspiring things that inform the notion of biodiversity; and an exercise in crowd sourcing, open access, and open game development.

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Quality Enhancement in Online and Blended Course Development

An open resource for instructors and learning designers that shares resources for online and blended course development. The resource is licensed Creative Commons Share-alike and is openly available for access and reuse. This site has been developed on the WordPress platform.

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Sky, Water, Earth: Science Learning Resources

Sky, Water, Earth is collection of free, online, and self-paced learning resources and activities that are designed  to prepare youths between 16-20 for a career in the sciences.  Learners can earn badges and receive feedback from from UBC graduate students, high-school science teachers, UBC instructors, and experts from the Vancouver Aquarium and the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre. Current learning modules include Scientific communication: Writing for the public, where learners pick up the communication skills to convey the essence of a scientific discovery to the general public;  What is research? Who is a researcher? Why do we research?,which guides learners through the process of planning and carrying out an investigation in response to a research question; and 360-degree Conservation Photography, where learners demonstrate their creative skills through the process of creating 360-degree conservation photographs.

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SoTL Explorer

SoTL Explorer is a tool that aggregates and visualizes data about Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (TLEF) projects, and other evaluations projects that are taking place at UBC. Instructors, researchers, and project managers are encouraged to contribute by entering their projects into the database.

The motivation to create the tool was threefold:

  • For current project teams: to communicate what they do, identify related projects, and promote transfer of knowledge,
  • For future project teams: to help design their evaluation projects,
  • For high-level administration: to identify trends and patterns in SoTL.

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The Infinite Series Module

Online resources for undergraduate students studying integral calculus, specifically on infinite sequences and series. Content on the ISM website and all of its subdomains are under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license.

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The Learning Commons

The Learning Commons is an evolving collection of UBC-selected learning resources that guide students through a process of discovery. Through an emphasis on student-driven initiatives and shared-decision making, the Learning Commons enriches the academic support and enhance the experience of all UBC students. It’s original content is published under the Creative Commons-Attribution 3.0 license to allow for sharing and re-publishing.

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UBC Library Open Collections

UBC Library’s Open Collections include digital photos, books, newspapers, maps, videos, theses and more. These publicly-accessible collections are constantly growing and reflect the research interests of the UBC community and beyond.

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UBC Open Geography

This website was originally developed to host open education resources (OER) generated by the Flexible Learning Project for the Environment and Sustainability Program in the Department of Geography at UBC. It accepts submission of new OER from the geography community. All work on this website UBC Open Geography is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License unless otherwise specified.


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UBC Open Textbook Adoption Snapshot

Since 2011, at least 46,000 UBC students have been impacted by a range of open educational practices, including 16,450 who have been enrolled in courses in which instructors have replaced traditional textbooks with open or freely accessible resources. At least $1.7 to $2.9 million dollars have been saved by UBC students in these courses and these figures are increasing with the numbers of students impacted by open resources in academic year 2016 being double than what it was in 2015.

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UBC Scholarly Communications Steering Committee

The purpose of the committee is to create a wider forum for discussion and consideration of changes to the system of scholarship and to recommend action on sustainability of current economic models of scholarship, public access to tax-payer funded research, issues surrounding copyright and author rights in the digital age, mechanisms and support to manage new scholarly distribution and information dissemination models such as digital repositories, open access, and other connected movements such as open data, open content, open science, and open education.

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The UBC EDU Channel on YouTube features videos from open courses, departments, events and faculties across the university. Highlights include open educational resources included faculty lectures, campus events and the latest news from UBC. All UBC faculty/staff can request the ability to upload to UBC’s YouTube EDU account.

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Virtual Soil Science Learning Resources

The goal of Virtual Soil Science Learning Resources (VSSLR) group is to enhance soil science education through cooperation and innovative approaches to teaching and learning. The site features educational tools and courses developed to address the following topics: basic soil science principles, soil classification, land-use impacts on soil quality, and raising awareness about soil as an important natural resource.

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