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Jon Festinger, Q.C.

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Jon Festinger has long been a thinker, advocate, and champion for open education at UBC. He created some of the earliest and longest running examples of open courses at UBC by sharing all class processes and content (including lectures) openly online and under a Creative Commons licenses. He engages his students in open pedagogy by encouraging them to create and share their work openly as well. According to Festinger, having an open course "allows for that lasting value and it doesn't turn the virtues of learning into something that is cloistered, that is circumscribed, that is narrow...The whole notion of teachers and students is predicated on the notion that there is knowledge to be shared. Anything that constrains the sharing of knowledge is not a good thing for education, and arguably, it's not a good thing for humanity."