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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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Open UBC Snapshot: Significant Use and Support for Open Resources

By Will Engle on January 3, 2019

In 2018, UBC published a new Strategic Plan that articulated the intention to expand the creation and dissemination of open educational resources as well as recognized the contributions that UBC faculty, student and staff have made in this area. These contributions have had a significant impact: in academic year 2018, an estimated 15,388 students were impacted by courses using open resources in place of paid textbooks or readings. This replacement of traditional textbooks with open resources has potentially saved UBC students an estimated $1.5 to $2.3 million dollars this academic year. The wide diversity of UBC open education initiatives and efforts, from strong AMS advocacy and innovative instructor efforts to increased strategic support and funding, is helping to ensure that the adoption and use of open resources continues to be a significant practice at UBC.

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2018 UBC Teaching Practices Survey: Open Focus Report

By Will Engle on December 6, 2018

In order to better understand faculty teaching practices, attitudes about teaching, and perceptions of the teaching climate at UBC’s Vancouver and Okanagan campuses, UBC conducted a 2018 Teaching Practices Survey earlier this year. UBC has now released a mini report that examined whether instructors require students to obtain textbooks (or other texts) and/or other digital learning materials.

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2018 Open Access Week

By Rie Namba 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 Rie Namba 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 Rie Namba 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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