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2020 Leaders in Open Learning

Greg Martin

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Dr. Greg Martin has taken efforts to provide students taking Math 120 have access to course materials which are free of cost, as well as using WeBWorK open problem sets.

Mark Thomson Mac Lean

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Mark MacLean is one of many instructors in the UBC Math department who use open resources and textbooks in their courses. He’s stated that the department efforts around OER have focused not just on cost, but also on the benefits to student learning. “We feel like, in certain courses, that we don’t need one of these expensive textbooks to support student learning to the level we know we can.”

Mike Gelbart

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Dr. Mike Gelbart is a vocal proponent of open education resources. In his role as Option Co-Director of the UBC MDS program, Dr. Gelbart has advocated for the open release of the syllabi for all Master of Data Science courses, along with lecture notes and labs, under the CC-BY-SA license (https://github.com/UBC-MDS/public). He makes videos of his course lectures freely available, and provides help and support to his colleagues in transforming their own courses to incorporate open education resources.

Tiffany Timbers

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Dr. Tiffany Timbers is an Option Co-Director of the UBC Master of Data Science program, and is a committed proponent for developing and using open textbooks in her courses. She has authored or co-authored two open textbooks that are released under the Creative Commons license: Introduction to Data Science and Python Packages. Dr. Timbers has also advocated for the open release of syllabi for all Master of Data Science courses, along with lecture notes and labs for many other courses, which she makes freely available on GitHub under a CC-BY-SA license. Overall, this is a tremendous effort and shows a sustained dedication to OER.

Tracy Kion

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Dr. Tracy Kion ensures that the required readings for her courses are freely accessible for students.

Trevor Campbell

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Dr. Campbell has collaborated with his colleagues Dr. Tiffany-Anne Timers and Melissa Lee to develop an open textbook for his Introduction to Data Science course at UBC. His students greatly benefit from this freely accessible resource, which allows course instructors to nimbly revise and update the text to keep up with new developments in this rapidly growing field.

Vishakha Monga

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Dr. Monga developed an open textbook, Inorganic Chemistry for Chemical Engineers, for CHEM 250, an interdisciplinary inorganic chemistry course. She is committed to increasing the accessibility of her resources and improving student learning with an open approach.

William Mohn

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Dr. Mohn uses open textbooks and freely available recorded lectures in his courses to ensure that all students can access materials without financial barriers.

Doug McCollor

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Andrew Rechnitzer

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Dr. Andrew Rechnitzer is one of the three faculty members in Mathematics behind the CLP series of free online texts used by thousands of UBC students every year. These top-quality resources are the primary references in the 4-stage calculus sequence MATH 100, 101, 200, 317. The authors prepared them on their own initiative, out of love for the subject and compassion for students, with no thought of recognition and virtually no resources from UBC.

Dr. Rechnitzer is an early adopter and creator of open textbooks at UBC. He has replaced paid textbooks in the courses that he teaches and is one of the authors of the CLP open calculus textbooks. He also advocates and develops innovative open source platforms for marking and assessment that saves fees for students.
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Joel Feldman

Joel Feldman

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Dr. Joel Feldman, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, and one of the three faculty members in Mathematics behind the CLP series of free online texts used by thousands of UBC students every year. These top-quality resources are the primary references in the 4-stage calculus sequence MATH 100, 101, 200, 317. The authors prepared them on their own initiative, out of love for the subject and compassion for students, with no thought of recognition and virtually no resources from UBC.

Elyse Yeager

Elyse Yeager

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Dr. Elyse Yeager is one of the three faculty members in Mathematics behind the CLP series of free online texts used by thousands of UBC students every year. These top-quality resources are the primary references in the 4-stage calculus sequence MATH 100, 101, 200, 317. The authors prepared them on their own initiative, out of love for the subject and compassion for students, with no thought of recognition and virtually no resources from UBC.

Leah Keshet

Leah Keshet

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Dr. Leah Keshet has written two textbooks for first- and second-semester calculus for the life sciences. This textbook has been used in MATH 102 for three years now, with a yearly enrolment of about 1,000 students. With the text in a fairly stable, finalized state, she spent last summer engaging recent Math 102 alumni, leading undergraduate students through developing even more open resources, including homework problems and solutions.

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Eric Cytrynbaum

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Dr. Eric Cytrynbaum has been in charge of MATH 102, and has set up the entire course to run on open content. Along with using his colleague Dr. Leah Keshet's textbook, Dr. Cytrynbaum developed a large selection of open-ended homework problems, drawing on his background in mathematical biology to connect pure mathematics with relevant applications. He has also adopted the free homework system WeBWork and carefully curating a course wiki to provide openly-accessible materials to students.

Seckin Demirbas

Seckin Demirbas

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Dr. Demirbas is currently working on a free Introduction to Proofs textbook, for Math 200, together with Andrew Rechnitzer, a course which has several hundred enrollees each year.

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Reid Holmes

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Dr. Reid Holmes has done outstanding research into teaching application-based software development for many years, including using OERSon a a publicly available github page.

Dr. Dragos Ghioca has adopted only CLP open textbooks in his math courses, and takes an active role in pointing students to free-accessible studying resources.

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Stefan Reinsberg

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Dr. Stefan Reinsberg worked with colleagues to adapt an Open Stax Physics textbook that they put into an edX site for a first-year physics course. They not only saved students money by doing so, but also customized the book to better fit the course. Stefan was one of the authors of a research study on student perceptions and use of the open textbook for that course: The Adoption of an Open Textbook in a Large Physics Course: An Analysis of Cost, Outcomes, Use and Perceptions (International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2017).

Georg Rieger

Georg Rieger

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Dr. Georg Rieger worked with colleagues to adapt an Open Stax Physics textbook that they put into an edX site for a first-year physics course. They not only saved students money by doing so, but also customized the book to better fit the course. Stefan was one of the authors of a research study on student perceptions and use of the open textbook for that course: The Adoption of an Open Textbook in a Large Physics Course: An Analysis of Cost, Outcomes, Use and Perceptions (International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2017).

Jaclyn Stewart

Jaclyn Stewart

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Dr. Jaclyn Stewart has involved students in adapting material from several open textbooks for chemistry to create a new open textbook for an organic chemistry course, which will be published on the Pressbooks platform.

Marcello Pavan

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Dr. Pavan is an early adopter of using open textbooks in his PHYS100 courses - he had used open textbooks in place of paid textbooks for several years.

Gregor Kiczales

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Prof. Kiczales has long been a champion of using open and freely accessible learning materials at UBC. In his courses, he has always used an open educational resources including an open textbook and, more recently, he has had developed open access MOOCs, and used those open materials in his courses. According to Prof. Kiczales "In education, open means learners won't have to pay for the materials, and it means that instructors can build on each other's work to create better and better learning."

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Roland Stull

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Dr. Stull is a longtime creator and user of open resources in his teaching. His open textbook, Practical Meteorology, was one of the earliest open textbooks created and used at UBC as well as many other institutions. Dr. Stull also teaches ATSC113 a distance education course, which is almost entirely open.

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Russ Algar

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Dr. Algar is a long time user of open resources. He has implemented an open textbook in his Chemistry course and co-developed the Alchemy online teaching and learning tool, which is open access at UBC.

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Simon Bates

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As both an instructor and as the Associate Provost, Teaching & Learning, Dr. Simon Bates has been a huge leader and supporter of open resources at UBC-V. He has used open textbooks in his courses, created open problem libraries to share assessment materials, and has engaged in open assignments and projects in which his students created valuable learning resources. More so, he has championed polices and funding support for open education that has helped make "open" a strong practice at UBC.

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Patrick Walls

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Dr. Patrick Walls uses open resources in his teaching and has supported the use of Jupyter Notebooks, an open-source web application that assists in the sharing of open resources that contain live code, equations, visualizations and narrative text, at UBC.

Cristina Conati

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Prof. Conati teaches CPSC322 which uses a freely available online textbook and openly licensed site with resources rather than paid materials.

Giuseppe Carenini

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Prof. Carenini teaches several courses that use freely available online textbook and open resources rather than paid materials.

Alan Mackworth

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Prof. Mackworth has created a free online textbook as well as a site full of related openly licensed resources (AIspace.org). These freely available materials are used to teach Artificial Intelligence across several courses at UBC.

David Poole

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Prof. Poole has created a free online textbook as well as a site full of related openly licensed resources (AIspace.org). These freely available materials are used to teach Artificial Intelligence across several courses at UBC.