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Open Scholarship in Practice 2019

By Amanda Grey on November 12, 2019


On October 25th, UBC hosted the 3rd annual Open Scholarship in Practice (OSiP) day. OSiP consists of a variety of workshops for faculty, staff, and students to attend and learn how to incorporate Open practices into their work. The day started with some opening remarks by Jason Pither (Associate Professor, Biology/Braes Institute at UBCO) and […]

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AMS Open Champions Celebration

By Amanda Grey on October 28, 2019


On October 22, 2019, the Alma Mater Society (AMS) and other UBC sponsors hosted an event to honour the faculty, staff, and administrators who are OER Champions for UBC: the people who advocate, propagate, and support the use of Open Education Resources in their classrooms, at UBC, and in the academic world. These champions were […]

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2019 OER Faculty Panel Roundup

By Alexandra Alisauskas on October 24, 2019


 On October 1, 2019, UBC hosted an Open Education Resources (OER) Faculty Panel where faculty talking about past and current OER projects, the difficulties and challenges they faced, and the success and impact they achieved. Previous discussions and advocacy around Open Educational Resources (OERs) (such as the AMS Textbook Broke Campaign) have highlighted the […]

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Progress on the Road to True Open Access

Open, Equitable, Affordable, and Transparent: Progress on the Road to True Open Access: A Talk by Ginny Steel

By Amanda Grey on September 18, 2019


On Friday, Sept 13, UBC had the pleasure of hosting Ginny Steel, University Librarian at UCLA, who presented a brief review of the history of the Open Access movement, the latest developments, the implications for libraries and the academy, and answered several questions from the audience. Earlier this year, Steel and her colleagues at the […]

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Can We Decolonize Open? An Open Access Week Event

By Stephanie Savage on September 12, 2019


Join Langara, Kwantlen, BCIT, SFU, and UBC for an exciting half-day celebration of Open Access Week (Oct 21-27, 2019). This year’s theme from SPARC is Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge. Our keynote speaker, Jessie Loyer, will explore this question alongside participants through the lens of decolonization. The conversation will continue with local panelists […]

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Call for Applications for Open Educational Resources (OER) Grants

By Will Engle on September 10, 2019


New funding to support affordable & inclusive access to learning materials through the integration of OER within UBC credit courses.

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AMS Calls for Nominations for OER Champions

By Neha Tadepalli on September 8, 2019


The AMS has issued an open call to nominate OER Champions — the faculty, staff, and administrators who dedicate so much of their time to fostering accessible education at UBC.

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New Open UBC site

By Rie Namba on August 26, 2019


The new Open UBC site has launched today on Aug 26, Monday. There were three goals for the site relaunch.

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UBC Vancouver Senate Endorses Principles for Digital Learning Materials Used for Assessment

By Christina Hendricks on May 24, 2019


In May 2018, the UBC Vancouver Senate Teaching and Learning Committee presented to the UBC Vancouver Senate, as a topic of “broad academic interest,” about fees for access to digital learning materials that are used for assessment. Guidelines relating to cost and use of digital materials for assessment purposes exist for post-secondary institutions in Alberta […]

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Embedding Empathy into Open Learning

By Abigail Saxton on January 7, 2019


For Cindy Underhill empathy supports open learning. Questions like, “how would students relate to this? What would this mean to students?" helps the creation of practical, open content.

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