The UBC Okanagan Open Education Working Group develops awareness and builds capacity for the adoption, adaption, and creation of open educational resources at the University of British Columbia Okanagan by sharing information and coordinating efforts among key stakeholders who lead and support open education initiatives on campus and across the university. The UBC Okanagan Open Education Working Group commits to working in a coordinated and synergistic manner

The current goals of the working are:

  • Develop a data collection strategy and create an inventory of open educational practices at UBC Okanagan.
  • Plan and deliver open education events for advocacy and promotion and collaborate with UBC Vancouver to enhance offerings and build community.
  • Support student advocacy around OER. 

To join the working group, contact Donna Langille ( Community Engagement & Open Education Librarian.


The membership will include representatives from many stakeholder groups across the university including faculty, students, staff, librarians, and community partners.   

  • Donna Langille, Community Engagement and Open Education Librarian, UBC Okanagan (Co-Chair) 
  • Tashia Kootenayoo, President, UBCSUO (Co-Chair)  
  • Ahmed Ahmed, Vice-President External, UBCSUO 
  • Shiven Vinod Khera, Vice-President Internal, UBCSUO 
  • Sarah Furgason, Advocacy and Governance Coordinator, UBCSUO  
  • Michelle Lamberson, Director, Flexible Learning Special Projects 
  • Kristen Morgan, Student At-Large 
  • Julie Forgie, Course Materials Buyer, UBC Okanagan Bookstore  
  • Erin Fields, Open Education Librarian, UBC Vancouver 
  • Carolee Clyne, Open Education Advisor, Regional Representative, Interior, BCcampus 
  • Zoë Soon, Associate Professor of Teaching, Faculty of Science 
  • Derrick Wirtz, Associate Professor of Teaching, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences  
  • Vania Chan, Educational Consultant for Online & Lifelong Learning, Centre for Teaching and Learning  
  • Carla Denkema, Open Education Assistant, UBC Okanagan Library  

Meeting Schedule

Monthly meetings are scheduled with the possibility of additional meetings to work on tasks.