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BC Open Textbook Summit 2017 has ended

BCcampus is pleased to, once again, host the Open Textbook Summit. This year’s event will take place May 24-25 at SFU Harbour Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada).

The Open Textbook Summit brings together leaders in the Open Textbook field, from faculty who are reviewing, adopting and developing Open Textbooks, to student advocates, librarians, institutional administrators, government officials, and policy staff. Together, we look at what other institutions are doing to move the Open Textbook agenda forward, share experiences about what has worked well and what could be improved, and look ahead to explore how open pedagogy can influence Open Textbook development to enhance teaching and learning.

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Thursday, May 25 • 10:30am - 11:30am
Grassroots Organizing in OER Student Advocacy

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For many student leaders, finding ways to make a post-secondary degree more affordable is a top priority. Many student leaders have heard about the benefits of OER, but may not be aware of the tactics needed to actually transition their campus to OER. In recognition of this, this workshop will provide attendees with an overview of how grassroots organizing can be applied to OER advocacy. Separated into two halves, the first half of the session will provide an overview of what grassroots organizing is and how student leaders have been successful with such approaches, while the second half will provide attendees with the opportunity to think through how grassroots organizing can be applied in their own context. Bringing together both student leaders new to OER as well as those with experience, this session will provide attendees with the opportunity to connect, learn from one another and commit to further action that can be taken on their campuses through grassroots organizing.

Presenter: Nicole Allen is the Director of Open Education for SPARC. Nicole leads SPARC's work on Open Education, including advocating for U.S. federal and state policy, supporting on-campus efforts to advance OER through academic libraries, and international advocacy for open education through the Open Government Partnership. Nicole has been working to advance open education for over ten years and has a background in grassroots organizing and policy advocacy.

Presenter: Brady Yano is the Assistant Director of Open Education for SPARC. In this role he provides support and leads special projects across SPARC’s Open Education portfolio. Brady was first introduced to OER while serving as a student leader at Simon Fraser University. Recognizing the benefits that greater OER adoption would bring, he organized the "#textbookbrokeBC" campaign with fellow BC student leaders. Chat with Brady about OER, libraries and student advocacy.

Presenter: Kaitlin (Katie) Steen is the Open Education Fellow at SPARC . Katie has a long history in student advocacy and has worked on higher education policy at both the state and federal level.


Thursday May 25, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am PDT
Segal Rooms 1400-1410

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