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The TLEF 2019 funding round is now open

June 11, 2018

Call for Letters of Intent for Undergraduate Program Evaluation and Renewal projects and Large Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund Transformation projects
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Open Scholarship in Practice Symposium Round-up

June 6, 2018

During the 2018 Open Scholarship in Practice Symposium, held May 2 in the Irving K. Barber Learning Center, scholars from across UBC spoke to the current progress – and intimated the future possibilities – of open knowledge initiatives on campus. The morning keynote panelists took turns describing the respective roles researchers, instructors, and librarians play […]
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Open UBC Snapshot: Open as a TLEF Priority Focus

May 29, 2018

UBC-Vancouver’s Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (TLEF) was created in 1991 to enrich student learning by supporting innovative and effective educational enhancements. Starting in the 2017/2018 cycle, a priority focus on the development or integration of open educational resources (OER) was added to the criteria for new proposals.
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Open Dialogues: Using wiki pages to advance student-created knowledge

April 9, 2018

Students in the Faculty of Forestry are no strangers to producing engaging content surrounding natural resources management — the medium is changing though. Janette Bulkan, Assistant Professor for Indigenous Studies in the Faculty of Forestry, is initiating student-led projects on the UBC Wiki, an open-source platform, to facilitate students as producers of knowledge.
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2018 Open Scholarship In Practice – May 2, 2018

April 9, 2018

Open scholarship, which encompasses open science, open access, open data, open education, and all other forms of openness in the scholarly and research environment, is transforming how knowledge is created and shared. Join us for a full day of hands-on workshops.
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New UBC Library Grant for Open Textbook and OER Creation and Use

February 21, 2018

UBC Library to support faculty in creating open textbooks and open educational resources through 1-year grant project
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2018 Open Education Week Events

February 16, 2018

Open Education Week, March 5-9, 2018, is an international event whose goal is to highlight how open education can help people meet their goals in teaching and learning. Each year, as part of Open Education Week, UBC showcases diverse events highlighting areas of open teaching and learning. These events include discussion forums, lectures, seminars, workshops, […]
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Open Dialogues: How to engage and support students in open pedagogies

January 29, 2018

 For David Gaertner, it is important that his students have the opportunity to create work with a broader impact, that can live beyond the classroom walls. “A big part of my pedagogy is getting students to think outside the limitations of the university,” explains Gaertner, an instructor in First Nations and Indigenous Studies. Rather […]
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Open UBC Snapshot: Use of Open Resources Continues to Increase

January 9, 2018

In 2017, the adoption and use of open resources at UBC continued to increase. Since 2011, more than 47,000 UBC students have enrolled in courses in which instructors used open or freely accessible resources instead of traditional textbooks. At least $4.7 to $6.7 million dollars have been saved by UBC students in these courses and […]
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Open Dialogues: How to use open tools and resources for problem sets

November 30, 2017

 For a long time engineering instructors have had homework problems for students in UBC’s Learning Management System (LMS). That is, until recently, when they found that students preferred the WeBWorK problems they were getting in their math courses. Agnes d’Entremont, an instructor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Jonathan Verrett, an instructor in […]
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Exploring tension and risk in open scholarship

November 20, 2017

We use “open” as though it is free of ideology, ignoring how much “openness,” particularly as it’s used by technologists, is closely intertwined with “meritocracy” — this notion, a false one, that “open” wipes away inequalities, institutions, biases, history, that “open” “levels the playing field.” – Audrey Waters, From Open to Justice UBC, in partnership […]
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World Soil Day Wikipedia Edit-a-thon – December 5, 2017

November 16, 2017

To celebrate World Soil Day on December 5th, UBC will be hosting a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon focused on adding more content to Wikipedia about soils and soil science. Editing Wikipedia is a way for faculty, students and staff to engage in open collaboration, and contribute to public knowledge.
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Open Scholarship in Practice seminar explores inclusive intersections between research and pedagogy

October 23, 2017

UBC faculty and students gathered at the Open Scholarship in Practice seminar, held in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre’s Lillooet Room on September 29, to learn more about nascent technologies and innovative teaching approaches that encourage open scholarship. Advocates of open scholarship spent the day engaging the audience about what works – and what […]
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Canvas Commons: Open Resource Sharing Made Easy – December 11, 2017

October 18, 2017

Canvas Commons is UBC’s new learning object repository that enables instructors to find, import, and share resources with UBC and the public. A worldwide library full of open educational content, the Canvas Commons allow UBC users to discover and find a broad range of subject specific resources from course design elements to problems sets. Join […]
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Tension and Risk in Open Scholarship: A Conversation: October 26, 2017

September 28, 2017

We use “open” as though it is free of ideology, ignoring how much “openness,” particularly as it’s used by technologists, is closely intertwined with “meritocracy” — this notion, a false one, that “open” wipes away inequalities, institutions, biases, history, that “open” “levels the playing field.” -Audrey Waters, From Open to Justice Spurred by the need […]
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Small TLEF call for proposals open; 2018 Priority Focus on OER

September 13, 2017

The Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic is inviting proposals from faculty, staff and students for Small TLEF Project Grants (under $50,000). One of the priority focus areas for 2018 is the development or integration of open educational resources that are intended to be used in a course, multiple courses within a program, or across […]
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Open Scholarship in Practice – September 29, 2017

September 12, 2017

“Open scholarship, which encompasses open access, open data, open educational resources, and all other forms of openness in the scholarly and research environment, is changing how knowledge is created and shared.” – Association of Research Libraries
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Science Literacy Week Wikipedia Edit-a-thon – September 18 12:00 – 3:00 PM

September 12, 2017

To celebrate National Science Literacy Week, September 18-25, UBC will be hosting a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon focused on adding more content to Wikipedia about Canadian Science and Scientists.
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Open Dialogues: How to make open content accessible

July 28, 2017

The open education movement has helped people access content that they would otherwise not be able to view or interact with. Open education resources reduce costs for students and allow for greater flexibility for instructors.
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Open Dialogues: How to do open courses

May 30, 2017

Gregor Kiczales, professor of computer science and Senior Advisor for Digital Learning Strategy, has been doing open since before it was called open…
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Open Dialogues: How to use social pedagogies and the web as an educator

April 4, 2017

Scholarly practice is a word that’s usually tied to research and publications, but that doesn’t have to be all that it is. You can also do scholarly practice in more informal ways…
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Open Education Week 2017

February 21, 2017

Open Education Week, March 27-31, 2017, is an international event whose goal is to highlight how open education can help people meet their goals in teaching and learning. Each year, as part of Open Education Week, UBC showcases…
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Minister of Advanced Education Visits UBC Class to Talk Open Textbooks

February 17, 2017

Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson visited a social psychology class at UBC on February 10, to talk to students about how they have benefitted from the use of open textbooks…
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Open UBC Snapshots: Textbook Displacements by Open Resources

December 10, 2016

Open UBC Snapshots is a new resource that will quantify and explore emerging trends in open educational practices at UBC…
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Open Dialogues: How to Engage with a New Generation of Learners

November 8, 2016

If you google “video game law” the first entry directs you to a UBC course website for Law 423B. The course, first taught five years ago, started out as a conventional law course…
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Open Dialogues: How to Rethink Textbooks

November 3, 2016

In an effort to customize materials for their courses and save students money on rising textbook fees, instructors in the Math department at UBC have adopted open or freely accessible textbooks….
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Open Dialogues: How to make education more accessible

June 30, 2016

When Claudia Krebs, professor of teaching in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC, first thought of making videos for a course in neuroanatomy, her focus was on re-thinking how students are taught in medical school…
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Open Dialogues: How to engage the general public

April 1, 2016

“A lot of people in urban centres are aware of air quality, water quality. These are absolutely important issues, but so is soil,” said Maja Krzic…
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Open Dialogues: How to Practice Responsible Pedagogy

March 18, 2016

Arthur Gill Green’s interest in open education practices developed early in his career. . Just as he was finishing his first course, he noticed something peculiar…
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Open Dialogues: How to Make Teaching More Student-Centered

March 17, 2016

Rosie Redfield has been doing science in the open for a long time. For over two decades she has been putting her grant proposals online – which “is just about unheard of…”

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