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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 Rie Namba 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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2018 Open Education Week Events

By Rie Namba on 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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David Gaertner

Open Dialogues: How to engage and support students in open pedagogies

By Wendy Chan on 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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Estimated Cost Savings Since 2011

Open UBC Snapshot: Use of Open Resources Continues to Increase

By Will Engle on 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

By Emi Sasagawa on 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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2017 Open Access Week Panel Members

Exploring tension and risk in open scholarship

By Emi Sasagawa on 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

By Rie Namba on 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

By Zachary Foote and Leonora Crema on 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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