Land and Food Systems

2020 Leaders in Open Learning

Maja Krzic

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Dr. Krzic is a co-editor of an open access E-textbook under development for Introduction to Soil Science, a course taken by 300 students annually at UBC alone. Currently textbooks written for the USA are commonly used. Maja and her co-editor are leading a team of 36 authors from across Canada in writing chapters. In addition to funding from the Canadian Society of Soil Science, Dr. Krzic secured funding from BCcampus. Currently there is no Canadian-based textbook that provides an introduction to soil science; and this initiative is an OER available to instructors or students without cost, and with an open license allowing for reuse, revision, and redistribution.

Matthew Mitchell

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Dr. Matthew Mitchell ensures that the extensive course materials in LFS 250 are all free and accessible to students, and deploys a range of media to engage students, including virtual tours of the UBC and BC dairy farms.


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Duncan McHugh

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Duncan McHugh has been promoting Open Education for over 10 years in his class LFS400 and in the dozens workshops he has done in Land and Food Systems and for the rest of the campus. Not only does Duncan articulate the value of Open, Open Education and OERs, he also includes knowledgeable insight into intellectual property and the creation of content. He also models best practices through his use of open tools and resources. Duncan serves as a resource and advocate within the faculty for other instructors and makes the option of adopting open principles possible for many faculty members, instructors, teaching assistants and students.

Maja Krzic

Judy Chan

Judy Chan

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Judy Chan's Food, Nutrition and Health 200 course has involved students in creating open educational resources in Wikipedia-style articles on particular foods and posted them with a Creative Commons license on the UBC Wiki and in edited or created articles on specific foods on Wikipedia.

Sandra Brown

Sandra Brown

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Dr. Brown has used open resources in her courses as well as engaged in open pedagogies, such as asking her students to engage in Wikipedia edit-a-thons to add valuable knowledge science to the public domain.¥