UBC Library – Open Education Impact & Activity Report


UBC Library’s Open Education supports play an active role in moving forward UBC Library’s Strategic Framework vision to be leaders and experts in a growing range of services that advance all forms of scholarship by leading and collaborating to advance open scholarship, which includes open access, open education, and open research.

A pie chart showing the number of UBC Library OER consults for faculty in September 2019-April 2020.

UBC Library’s Open Education services seek to support the UBC community in finding, adapting, and creating high-quality open educational resources (OER), as well as planning and implementing innovative open education projects and open practices.

UBC Library has provided 71 consultations and services for open education projects from September 2019 – April 2020. The consults have resulted in an increase in the identification of UBC Library as a collaborator in open education projects.


Consultations and Services

OER Grant Fund

After having dealt with … the Library on this (OER project) and on getting my OER materials into a more accessible and polished form, I just wanted to write about how amazing the experience has been this year… it has been a dream and so helpful all round.   –  Faculty Member, Arts

UBC Library partnered with the AMS and CTLT in the development of the OER Fund Grants, established through the UBC Academic Excellence Fund to support affordable and inclusive access to learning materials through the adaption, adoption, development, and integration of OER within UBC credit courses.  Library representatives actively participated in the planning and adjudication processes and provided consultations and grant review supports resulting in the Library being identified as a collaborated within 6 awarded grants.


Open Textbook Publishing

UBC Library offers project planning and technical support for the creation of OER using Pressbooks, an open text publishing platform. The Library has supported the creation of 3 texts.


Texts in Development
  • UnRoman Romans with Siobhan McElduff (CENES)
  • Inorganic Chemistry with Vishakha Monga (CHEM)

Advocacy & Community Development

A line graph showing the number of participants for Open UBC events in 2018-2019 and 2019-2020.UBC Library has taken an active role in organizing 10 events that build awareness and advocate for open educational practices and resources on campus. This year has proven to be successful with increasing participation from the UBC community.

Highlights of Open Events at UBC Library

UBC Open Educational Resources Champions – An event sponsored by the Alma Mater Society, VP Academic and Provost, and UBC Library celebrating 65 faculty and staff for their efforts in developing open educational resources at UBC Vancouver.

Open Scholarship in Practice 2019 – A full-day event sponsored by the VP Academic and Provost and UBC Library offering workshops and speakers in the areas of open access, open education, and open research.

Honouring Indigenous Writers Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon 2020 – A grant-funded collaboration between Dr. David Garetner from the First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program and UBC Library seeking to improve the coverage of Indigenous writers in Wikipedia.

OER-Enabled Pedagogy

OER-Enabled Pedagogy engages students in collaborative knowledge creation that is then openly shared, often through networked technologies.

UBC Library worked closely with faculty to incorporate OER-enabled pedagogy into 8 courses, engaging students as active participants in open knowledge creation and circulation.

Working with (the Library) has been invaluable to me and my students. My students have gained a deeper understanding of how information is created and shared and how they can be actively engaged in that process.      – Faculty Member, Arts

Examples of library collaborations include:

  • Social Justice Zine making assignment and Zine Faire with Dr. Jessi Taylor’s GRSJ 102: Global Issues Social Justice course
  • An online encyclopedia of Holocaust artefacts created in partnership with the Vancouver Holocaust Education Center and Dr. Uma Kumar’s GERM 426: Representations of the Holocaust in German Literature & Film students
  • Wikipedia-based projects in the First Nations and Indigenous Studies program, Biology, and Linguistics