Open Scholarship in Practice Events

Open Scholarship in Practice Join us for a week of webinars and workshops exploring the practice of open scholarship — from new tools that can increase the reproducibility of research, to new pedagogies that become possible when students and faculty members become co-creators engaged in meaningful, generative knowledge creation. Hear from UBC colleagues who are incorporating “openness” in innovative ways to enhance teaching, research, and public impact.

Working in Public: Generosity and the Knowledge Commons

Date: Tuesday, November 3, 2020 | Time: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Location: This event is online. Registrants receive the link 24 hours before the event. Featured Keynote: Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Digital Humanities and Professor of English Michigan State University Working in public, and with the public, can enable scholars to build vital, sustainable research communities, both within their fields, with other scholars in different fields, and with folks off-campus who care about the kinds of work that we do. By finding ways to connect with a broad range of publics, in a range of different registers, and in ways that allow for meaningful response, we can create the possibilities for far more substantial public participation in and engagement with the humanities, and with the academy more broadly. This talk explores the ideas in Professor Fitzpatrick’s influential book, Generous Thinking, and will focus on the challenges posed by working in public and the skills required to develop more publicly engaged scholarship. Co-sponsored by the UBC Library and the UBC Public Humanities Hub. Register Here »

Building a Foundation: Open Research Data as a Pillar of Open Science

Date: Tuesday, November 3, 2020 | Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Location: This event is online. Registrants receive the link 24 hours before the event. This session will provide an introduction to Open Research Data (ORD) in the sciences. You will learn about the importance of ORD to the unfolding Open Science movement; the benefits ORD can bring to you, science, and society; and the cultural challenges we face in translating vision into practice. If you are interested in taking the first steps to make your data open, we will provide you with a toolkit to get started! Register Here »

Emerging Perspectives in Open Access Book Publishing

Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2020 | Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am Location: This event is online. Registrants receive the link 24 hours before the event. Open Access monograph publishing is a rapidly expanding and evolving strategy for making scholarly work globally accessible. Universities, academic publishers, libraries, and scholarly organizations are developing new initiatives, partnerships, services, and business models to support open access options for authors of scholarly monographs, textbooks, and academic books. This event will explore the opportunities, challenges, and experiences of OA book publishing from the perspective of authors, series editors and publishers. You are invited to join a panel discussion of UBC faculty and publishers that will address their motivations for “going open”, as well as the processes, impacts, and changes that OA is bringing to academic book publishing. Register Here »

Publishing As Open Pedagogy: OJS & Pressbooks

Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2020 | Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Location: This event is online. Registrants receive the link 24 hours before the event. As open education continues to gain traction in higher education, many are looking for ways to expand their integration of open approaches beyond merely the inclusion of open materials. Open publishing is beginning to emerge as one pathway towards greater engagement in openness in the classroom. This panel will introduce participants to five people working in various capacities to support student publishing through Open Journal Systems and PressBooks, two open source publishing platforms that allow for open dissemination of student-created, instructor-supported content. Register Here »

From Project Plan to Release – Publishing an Open Text

Date: Thursday, November 5, 2020 | Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am Location: This event is online. Registrants receive the link 24 hours before the event. As more faculty engage in the development of open educational resources (OERs), the publishing of open texts has increased. Open textbook collections are growing and the opportunity to engage in developing this content is becoming more accessible to faculty interested in educational publishing.  But with these new opportunities comes a need to better understand: how you go from a plan to a fully published open text? This webinar provides a phased approach to publishing an open text. The session will cover:
  • Determining the Project Scope and developing a plan,
  • Developing an Accessibility, Diversity, and Inclusion Plan,
  • Developing a text outline, design and style guide,
  • Developing a release plan and peer review process, and;
  • Developing a post-release plan, including collection of impact data.
This session will also provide you with templates and guides for your text project, in addition to outlining the supports and services available at UBC. Register Here »

Publishing an Open Text with Pressbooks – The Basics

Date: Thursday, November 5, 2020 | Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Location: This event is online. Registrants receive the link 24 hours before the event. Pressbooks is a powerful and popular tool for creating open educational resources such as textbooks. Whether you are looking for training for yourself or your research assistants, this training will cover the basics of how to use Pressbooks to create and enhance content. By the end of this session participants will be familiar with:
  • Pressbook layouts and organization
  • Developing and structuring chapters and parts
  • Embedding content, including images, videos, and other media materials
BCcampus Open Education has created a self-serve instance of Pressbooks. This is available for instructors and staff from post-secondary institutions in British Columbia and the Yukon. Create an account at: https://pressbooks.bccampus.ca/ Register Here »

Building Digital Exhibits with Wax

Date: Friday, November 6, 2020 | Time: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Location: This event is online. Registrants receive the link 24 hours before the event. This workshop will introduce Wax, a tool for creating minimal Digital Exhibits without complex infrastructure. Register Here »