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UBC alumna Ernielly Leo uses an augmented reality app to tour Vancouver's historic Chinatown neighbourhood. Developed by UBC professor Siobhán McPhee and students, the app is a historical walking tour that uses geolocation and audio files to enhance a user's experience. (Photo by Abigail Saxton)

Expanding Learning Spaces Beyond Classroom Walls

UBC geography professor Siobhán McPhee is using technology to expand traditional learning spaces and make education accessible and relevant to more students.

Open as a TLEF Focus

Open as a TLEF Focus

UBC’s Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund was created in 1991 to enrich student learning by supporting innovative educational enhancements. Starting in the 2017/2018 cycle, a focus on open educational resources (OER) was added to the criteria for new proposals.

Fostering Student-Created Knowledge

Fostering Student-Created Knowledge

Janette Bulkan, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Forestry, is initiating student-led projects on the UBC Wiki, an open-source platform, to facilitate students as producers of knowledge.

David Gaertner

Engaging and Supporting Students in Open Pedagogy

For David Gaertner, it is important that his students have the opportunity to create work with a broader impact, that can live beyond the classroom walls.

Use of Open Resources Continues to Increase

Use of Open Resources Continues to Increase

Since 2011, more than 47,000 UBC students have enrolled in courses that used open resources instead of traditional textbooks. At least $4.7 to $6.7 million dollars have been saved by UBC students in these courses and these figures are increasing.

Using open tools and resources

Using open tools and resources

For Jonathan Verrett, the use of open source tools is important as they allow others to build upon previous work and resources. “That allows educators to have access to more powerful tools to train students.”

Making Open Content Accessible

Making Open Content Accessible

According to Tara Robertson, accessibility librarian at CAPER-BC, accessibility can help push the open education movement even further forward. Open educational resources and content should be accessible to all people.

Exploring the Social Web as an Educator

Exploring the Social Web as an Educator

For Christina Hendrics 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.”

Engaging the General Public Through Open

Engaging the General Public Through Open

Maja Krzic: “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.”

Claudia Krebs

Claudia Krebs

“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 …”