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2018 Open Access Week

By Will Engle on October 10, 2018


Open Access Week is an is an international event whose goal is to highlight how open scholarship can help people meet their goals in research, scholarly publishing, teaching and learning. Each year, as part of Open Access Week, UBC showcases diverse events highlighting areas of open scholarship that UBC’s faculty, students and staff participate in […]

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UBC JupyterDay 2018

By Will Engle on August 8, 2018


The Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS) and UBC Department of Mathematics invite you to UBC JupyterDay 2018! Jupyter is an open web application for producing computational narratives: a notebook in the browser which runs code and renders text, mathematical notation, images and videos. JupyterDay is an opportunity for instructors, researchers and students at UBC to share their Jupyter experiences and to learn about new Jupyter tools.



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UBC alumna Ernielly Leo uses an augmented reality app to tour Vancouver's historic Chinatown neighbourhood. Developed by UBC professor Siobhán McPhee and students, the app is a historical walking tour that uses geolocation and audio files to enhance a user's experience. (Photo by Abigail Saxton)

Open Dialogues: Extending Learning Beyond Classroom Walls

By Abigail Saxton on July 24, 2018


In a media-rich world, UBC geography professor Siobhán McPhee is using technology for her students’ advantage. In collaboration with students and the university’s Emerging Media Lab, McPhee developed an app utilizing augmented reality to create an urban history tour of Vancouver’s historic Chinatown and Downtown Eastside neighbourhoods following the influence of the Canadian Pacific Railway […]

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Can I Use This? Exploring Copyright & OER Workshop – August 21

By Will Engle on July 17, 2018


If you are preparing resources for your teaching, from PowerPoint slides to online modules, chances are you’ll want to incorporate readings, images, video clips, problem sets, or other materials from different sources. This session will focus on the pragmatic elements of reuse, the essentials of copyright, and the basics of working with open educational resources that are licensed to allow revision and reuse. Such openly-licensed resources can impact teaching and learning through contextualization, time savings, and lowering student access barriers such as costs. Please bring your questions and join us in exploring UBC’s Copyright and Fair-Dealing guidelines and how copyright intersects with effective teaching practices.

For more information, please visit the workshop registration page.

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The TLEF 2019 funding round is now open

By Heather McCabe on June 11, 2018


Call for Letters of Intent for Undergraduate Program Evaluation and Renewal projects and Large Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund Transformation projects. Proposals that address the creation or integration of open educational resources to make education more affordable and accessible to students are especially welcome.

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Open Scholarship in Practice Symposium Round-up

By Zachary Foote on 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

By Will Engle on 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

By Abigail Saxton on 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

By Will Engle on 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

By michelle blackwell on 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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