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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Wednesday, May 24

10:30am PDT

OER Advocacy: Measuring the True Cost of Textbooks
Estimates of the financial savings gained by students using open textbooks have become a critical data point for OER advocacy. For example, estimates of textbook financial savings are used to advocate for public and institutional investment in open education resources (OERs), to measure the success of existing open textbook repositories, and to advocate for institutional creation of “Z-degree” programs. Indeed, these financial savings estimates are often cited as the primary reason for adopting open textbooks as lowering costs is thought to lower barriers to formal and informal educational opportunities. Yet, the methods for calculating financial savings created by open textbooks vary widely. Many reported financial savings are simply educated guesses or “rule of thumb” estimates (e.g. each student adoption of an open textbook is calculated as $100 in savings, an amount that is neither inflation-adjusted over time nor based on any empirical data). Use of the above methods to estimate cost savings is scientifically unsound and could undermine OER advocacy. Noting these issues, there have been several recent attempts to gather empirical data on the cost of textbooks both within and across institutions and degrees programs. These empirical research efforts have adopted a dizzying array of methodologies and methodological assumptions.

In this presentation we argue it is vital that we examine the state of work around textbook costs so that we as researchers can provide accurate information to guide advocacy and policy. We examine (1) what we know about textbook costs and student choices, (2) what we know about textbook costs across degrees, (3) challenges in and assumptions of the current methods used to measure textbook costs, (4) a new method to measuring textbook costs, (5) a case study of using this new method to measure the cost of obtaining an Associate of Science or Associate of Arts degree in British Columbia.

Arthur Gill Green is a passionate advocate for and creator of open education resources (OERs). Green teaches geographic information science and environmental geography as a faculty member at the University of British Columbia and at Okanagan College. He believes that OER is a core component of responsible, open pedagogical approaches. He is an open textbook author and developer of open source educational software. He is also a 2016 BCcampus Open Textbook Faculty Fellow and a 2016-2017 Hewlett Foundation Open Education Research Fellow.

Jennifer Kirkey is a 2016-2017 BCcampus Faculty Fellow for Open Textbooks. She has taught physics and astronomy at Douglas College for 25 years. She has volunteered with Science World's Scientist in the School programs which involves running hands on workshops in elementary school classrooms. She is an active member of the local Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.

Wednesday May 24, 2017 10:30am - 11:00am PDT
Fletcher Challenge Canada Theatre

11:05am PDT

Flip the Stars- the opportunities of open textbooks for Canada 150
Faced with a textbook with the sky upside down the power of a community collaboration and effort. We created a draft of an astronomy textbook that accurately reflected the faces and voices of the South African Astronomy community. What lessons from the Canadian Open Textbook community take from this?

How can we use the Canada150 celebration to accurately reflect student's lives and voices, images - this the real power of OER.

Kelsey Wiens is the Public Lead for Creative Commons Canada. Creative Commons is the global standard for legal sharing, used on over 1.1 billion works, with communities in over 100 countries. Kelsey has expertise in Open Educational Resources (OER), policymaking to support open collaboration and innovation, open business models, intellectual property law, and community building.

Kelsey is an open innovation practitioner. Kelsey spent 7 years working on open projects in Africa, living and working in Cape Town. Before returning to Canada in 2016 she managed pan-African projects with an open education focus, including the Pan-African Open Advocate Program #openafrica, Kumusha Bus stops, and Africa Toolkits. She is the founder of Open Textbooks for Africa, a project designed to support the adaption and adoption of Open Textbooks for universities across Africa. Previous projects include working with Siyavula the first CC licensed open textbook endorsed by a Board of Education globally, the Creative Commons Library Certificate Program, Nolwazi, WikiAfrica, University of Cape Town IP Unit, City of Cape Town Open Data Project, UNICEF Innovation Unit, and the Shuttleworth Foundation. She hosted the first African Open Textbook Summit in Cape Town, and CC's Institute for Open Leadership.

Kelsey was named one of South Africa’s brightest young minds by Mail & Guardian and was a speaker at 2015 TEDxCapeTown, on designing for trust.


Kelsey Merkley

Community Member at Large

Wednesday May 24, 2017 11:05am - 11:35am PDT
Fletcher Challenge Canada Theatre

11:40am PDT

Factors that influence the selection of open (and commercial) educational resources
This presentation will describe the results of a survey of 200 instructional faculty across 26 BC post-secondary institutions. The key questions this survey addresses include: 1) Who has a role in selecting required course materials, 2) What factors are more or less important to faculty when selecting course materials, 3) What is the relative importance to faculty of different ancillary resources, 4) How often do faculty hear from their students about requiring a textbook or using an older edition, 5) What is their awareness of OER and open textbooks, 6) How do faculty perceive the relative quality of open and commercial resources, and 7) How do each of these factors predict the likelihood of future adoption.

Dr. Rajiv S. Jhangiani
University Teaching Fellow and Psychology Instructor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University; Senior Open Education Advocacy & Research Fellow at BCcampus; Faculty Workshop Facilitator at the Open Textbook Network

Dr. Surita Jhangiani
Psychology Instructor at the Justice Institute of British Columbia and the University of British Columbia

Wednesday May 24, 2017 11:40am - 12:10pm PDT
Fletcher Challenge Canada Theatre

11:40am PDT

SDG4 + OER: Working Together to Mainstream Open Education
SDG4 + OER: Working Together to Mainstream Open Education

The world’s nations have adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and committed to 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs

SDG4 is about “Education: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.”

This session will explore how and why the global open education community can work with their national governments to mainstream OER (including open textbooks) in support of achieving SDG4.

Why connect OER to SDG4? (1) OER can be the education resources to teach the public about and are continuously updated by working on SDGs. (2) It would connect education institutions and people to solving SDGs, forming a new, positive connection between governments and their public education systems. (3) Global challenges / SDGs are constantly changing and OER can be updated in real time. (4) As learning spaces shift to open pedagogy, students can contribute to improving the open curriculum, work on complex and authentic SDG challenges, and have their work be used in their fields. (5) As working on SDGs is meaningful and the stakes are high (e.g., climate action, zero hunger, gender equality, no poverty, etc.), students are motivated to work smarter, learn more deeply, have an opportunity to contribute to society – by producing, revising, and sharing OER about SDGs - while they earn their degree.

Dr. Cable Green
Director of Open Education
Creative Commons

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Cable Green

Director of Open Knowledge, Creative Commons

Wednesday May 24, 2017 11:40am - 12:10pm PDT
Segal Rooms 1400-1410

1:00pm PDT

Rebus Community
The Rebus Community is an effort to build a collaborative model for open textbook publishing. As of May, 2017 we are working on a dozen Open Textbook projects, with faculty and staff from more than 30 institutions. We’ll talk about where we’re at, what we’ve learned, where we’re going and how to get involved. (With invited guests from Rebus Community projects and partners TBD.)

Hugh McGuire has been building tools and communities that bring books onto the web for a decade. He is the co-founder of the Rebus Foundation, founder of Pressbooks, LibriVox, Pressbooks, and iambik. You can find him @hughmcguire.

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Hugh McGuire

Founder & CEO, Rebus Foundation
technology guy.

Wednesday May 24, 2017 1:00pm - 1:30pm PDT
Fletcher Challenge Canada Theatre

1:00pm PDT

Going Global with OERU- TRU and KPU experiences
The Open Educational Resources Universitas (OERu) is an international network of 37 tertiary institutions that have created free or reduced-fee-for-credit open educational courses. Both Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Thompson Rivers University are members of the OERu.The OERu partnership is now in its 4th year and has led to the creation of courses at both institutions that will be offered as part of the OERu course listings. Students will have access to learning materials free, with pathways to gain credentials, one of which is TRU's Certificate in General Studies. OERu is founded on the principle of community service and outreach to add value to traditional delivery systems in PSE. The foundation of OERu rests on the development and usage of open educational resources. This presentations will explain the history of TRU's role; will describe and demonstrate the OERu system. This presentation will discuss how that partnership supported the creation of these two courses with special reference to administrative leadership, policy development, library support services, and faculty involvement.

Brenda Thompson,
Associate Dean,
Faculty of Arts
Thompson Rivers University
Disciplinary Interest: adapting technology in communication courses.
Faculty member at TRU since 1998; former department chair for many years for Journalism, Communication, & New Media.

Diane Purvey
Dr. Diane Purvey is Dean, Faculty of Arts at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. She has served on several boards such as Strathcona Community Centre, the Surrey Public Art Advisory Committee plus hockey and soccer organizations. Dr. Purvey has a long record of volunteer community work and engagement in community-based research.
Prior to her employment with KPU, Dr. Purvey was Associate Professor and Chair of the School of Education, Faculty of Human, Social and Educational Development at Thompson Rivers University and Professor, Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences, Division of Education Studies, Royal Roads University. Dr. Purvey has a BA and an MA in History and a PhD in Social and Educational Studies from the University of British Columbia. She is the co-author and co-editor of three books on aspects of British Columbia's social history, the most recent being Vancouver Noir, 1930-1960.

Todd Mundle
Todd Mundle has been University Librarian at Kwantlen Polytechnic University since May 2012. Prior to that he served as Associate University Librarian at Simon Fraser 
University Library with responsibilities for Collections and Scholarly Communications and previously, for Library’s budget and personnel. He’s part of KPU’s Open Studies Working Group exploring all things open as well as promoting and creating awareness of open across the university. 
Throughout his career Mr. Mundle has had a keen interest in technology, copyright, and collection development; how they intersect and how they can be leveraged to provide wider access to information. He’s been an OA advocate since the early 2000s when he led BC’s first retrospective thesis digitization project making 4000+ theses publically available on the internet.

Rajiv Jhangiani
Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani is the University Teaching Fellow in Open Studies and a Psychology Instructor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, where he conducts research in open education and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Dr. Jhangiani serves as the Senior Open Education Advocacy and Research Fellow with BCcampus, an Associate Editor of Psychology Learning and Teaching, and a faculty workshop facilitator with the Open Textbook Network. His books include A Compendium of Scales for Use in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (2015) and Open: The Philosophy and Practices that are Revolutionizing Education and Science (forthcoming, Ubiquity Press).

Farhad Dastur
I am a faculty member at Kwantlen Polytechnic University where I teach evolutionary psychology, perception, and cognitive ergonomics. My research interests include sensory perception in pregnant women, the determinants of intersection collisions between motorcycles and cars, the role of anxiety in pattern perception, and open education. My involvement with openness spans teaching, research, scholarship, development, and advocacy and includes the following:
• Taught psychology using OpenStax and NOBA;
• Researched the efficacy of open vs. commercial textbooks;
• Selected as one of the Open Education Group’s 2016-18 OER Research Fellows
• Written a book chapter, “How to Open an Academic Department;”
• Co-created an Intro Psychology course for the OERu; and
• Advocated for more openness at my institution and beyond
In 2017, I will be co-leading a field school into the Amazon rainforest to learn about its indigenous cultures and remarkable biodiversity.

Wednesday May 24, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Segal Rooms 1400-1410

1:35pm PDT

Open Textbooks and open courses in the UBC Department at Math
Initiated separately by many members of our department, with various individual reasons and motivations, the Department of Mathematics at UBC has developed and integrated a variety of open course resources and textbooks into our first and second year math courses that have impacted many thousands of students.

As a mathematical biologist, I felt that default calculus course was not very appropriate for life science students. I will describe one effort that has been invested in designing, creating, and evolving Life-Science-specific open resources directed at a 1st year sequence of calculus courses (Math 102-103), from its inception to recent experiences in the classroom. Aside from an open book, we have assembled flexible learning technologies that include videos, online homework (WebWork), and multi-stage quizzes, and others.

I will also briefly survey several independent ventures by my colleagues that are all directed at customizing the syllabus of courses they teach, helping the students avoid costly texts, and offering a range of material for student learning.

Leah Keshet is a Professor in the Dept of Mathematics at UBC, where she has been a faculty member since 1989, teaching, carrying out research, supervising graduate students, and helping with departmental administrative duties. She is the author of two traditional published books in Mathematical Biology, and former president of the Society for Mathematical Biology. She has been developing curriculum for first year calculus suitable for Life-Science students since the 1990’s, and continues to be involved, with other colleague in her department, in developing that course to this day.

Wednesday May 24, 2017 1:35pm - 2:05pm PDT
Fletcher Challenge Canada Theatre

2:10pm PDT

A case study exploring use of an open textbook in an introductory sociology course: student perceptions and outcomes
This session will present a case study of the adoption of an open textbook Introduction to Sociology – 2nd Canadian Edition in a first year sociology course at one Canadian university in the fall of 2016. The instructor involved was experienced with the course, having made the decision to change the textbook after a conversation with staff from the institutional teaching and learning centre. Support (financial and human) was provided to enable the creation and open release of ancillaries (a text bank) that allowed for the textbook adoption. 

An existing open textbook survey (Jhangiani, Dastur, Le Grand, & Penner, under review) was adapted and distributed electronically to all students in the course. A 34% response rate (n=120/351) to the survey was achieved, providing valuable feedback for both the instructor and staff at the teaching and learning centre regarding their views of the specific textbook, print vs. digital preferences, and how the use of this resource sat in contrast to their experiences in other courses. Completion rates and average student grades for this course compared to previous offerings will also be presented.

Key implications of these findings for the instructor, the teaching and learning centre and the institution will be presented and discussed.

Jhangiani, R. S., Dastur, F., N., Le Grand, R., & Penner, K. (under review). As good or better than commercial textbooks: Students’ perceptions and outcomes from using open digital and open print textbooks.

Heather M. Ross

Heather M. Ross is an educational developer in the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning at the University of Saskatchewan. She has been leading the open textbook and open pedagogy initiative at the U of S since 2014. She is also an OER Research Fellow with the Open Education Group.

Nancy Turner

Nancy Turner is Director of the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning and Media Production at the University of Saskatchewan.  Her role as Director involves strategic leadership across her portfolio along with leading and contributing to institutional initiatives to enhance learning and teaching. Nancy returned to Saskatchewan to take up this position in 2013 after a decade working in London England. Her previous roles include Acting Dean and Associate Dean of Learning, Teaching and Enhancement at the University of the Arts London and Director of Educational Development at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her work for the past 14 years has focused on strategic leadership of learning and teaching enhancement including initial and continuing professional development of faculty and graduate students, technology enhanced learning, reward and recognition for teaching, sustainability, student engagement in educational change, and open education. Her main areas of research are development of self belief, professional learning and change in higher education.

Wednesday May 24, 2017 2:10pm - 2:40pm PDT
Segal Rooms 1400-1410

2:10pm PDT

Next Gen Develops in the Libretexts Project
The Libretexts is an OER collaborative platform to enable dissemination and evaluation of new education developments and approaches, with an emphasis on data driven assessment of student learning and performance via a freely available online infrastructure. The Libretexts was recently expanded to 12 pseudo–independently operating and interwoven libraries covering 12 academic fields to function as a central platform for the construction and implementation of post-secondary OER textbooks. Since its inception eight years ago, the LibreTexts has been exponentially growing and is the most visited chemistry website in the world with 30 other participating campuses and over $3M of student textbook savings to date. This presentation addresses our recently expansion efforts and the next “next-gen” phase of development to integrate emerging education technologies into the content.

Delmar Larsen
Associate Professor
Founder and Director of the LibreTexts libraries
Department of Chemistry
University of California, Davis


Wednesday May 24, 2017 2:10pm - 2:40pm PDT
Fletcher Challenge Canada Theatre

3:00pm PDT

A conversation with OER grantees at KPU and UVIC
From the University of Victoria: The presenters had successfully funded BC Campus Open Textbook grants and will speak to their process, progress, pitfalls, and overall help attendees with storyboarding their open textbook efforts. This workshop will focus on our experiences with open textbooks and will share key takeaways and advice on implementing a successful open textbook project. The goal of this project is to provide textbook options that offer students flexible and affordable access. Specifically, using current open textbook projects at the University of Victoria as examples, we will discuss lessons learned regarding open textbook creation and adaptation; copyright and creative commons; pedagogical activities involving open textbooks and open pedagogy, and tips for project planning.

From Kwantlen Polytechnic University: In this session, faculty OER grantees from KPU will describe their innovative projects, ranging from building an online course with the City of Surrey to increase awareness and understanding of dementia to using virtual world technology to foster student success. The presenters, all of whom are relative newcomers to OER, will describe their motivations and offer insights into their process.

Presenters from UVIC:
Dr. Janni Aragon is an Academic Administrator with 19 years of teaching experience. In her role as Director of Technology Integrated Learning (TIL), she works closely with staff, faculty, librarians, students, and with support units across the University to support face-to-face, online, and flexible learning on campus. She currently serves as Co-Chair on the Open Education Resources Working Group and Chair of the Senate Committee on Learning and Teaching. She has extensive experience integrating technology with pedagogy and using open resources with her teaching. 

Inba Kehoe is Copyright Officer and Scholarly Communications Librarian at the University of Victoria Libraries, British Columbia. She is a graduate of U of Toronto and has recently started working on a PhD at the University of Victoria. Inba's interests include author rights, scholarly publishing and open scholarship.

Dr. Mariel Miller is an Educational Designer and Manager of the Department of Technology Integrated Learning (TIL). In her role at TIL, she works with instructors and staff on initiatives for teaching and learning with technology. Mariel’s background is in Educational Psychology and her research and professional interests focus on leveraging technology to support student regulation of learning as a dynamic and social process. In her own teaching, she strives to integrate teaching with pedagogy and experiment with open resources.

Presenters from KPU:

Judith DeGroot
Instructor, Health Care Assistant Program

Nick Inglis
Instructor, Biology

Wednesday May 24, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Fletcher Challenge Canada Theatre

3:00pm PDT

Back to Basics: Authoring Open Textbooks that are Easily Remixed and Distributed
In order to remain faithful to the tenets of the open textbook movement, careful thought must be given to how they are published, distributed, and especially to how they are authored. Popular authoring tools, such as Word and iBooks Author, require the writing and styling of documents to happen simultaneously. This paradigm restricts authors to publish their content in the formats those tools are specifically designed for. Word restricts authors to paper-based formats, and iBooks Author is limited to eBook formats. By separating content from its formatting, authors free themselves of the restrictions imposed by these tools and allow themselves to write their content once, and then publish it in any format they choose.

Plain text files allow for this separation of content and formatting. Furthermore, they are platform independent and lend themselves to version control, which allows authors to collaborate and record the provenance of their contributions. True to the five Rs of openness, plain text files are ubiquitously editable. The most simple of text editors are included in all major operating systems and the most popular, fully-featured text editors are free of cost and are themselves open source.

In this workshop, participants will hear the full, yet brief, case for authoring open textbooks in plain text using the minimalistic markup syntax, Markdown. The workshop will begin with a personal anecdote, including the motivation for investigating Markdown; however, the bulk of the time will be spent learning the Markdown syntax using tools already installed on participants' computers or alternative web-based editors. Participants will then have the opportunity to beta test a web-based conversion tool developed by the University of Oklahoma Libraries. This web app, as well as the entire workflow being proposed, was specifically designed with open textbook authors in mind to facilitate their easy authorship of quality, archivable, maintainable, democratized information.

Cody Taylor has been developing open educational resources for OU Libraries since January of 2014 and has been an emerging technologies librarian since June of 2016.  Cody holds an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from OU and is a certified Software Carpentry instructor. He is interested in embedded electronics, prototyping, open source hardware and software,  and makerspaces.


Wednesday May 24, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Segal Rooms 1400-1410
Thursday, May 25

11:05am PDT

On a Continuum of Openness: RRU Faculty Experience Designing a Graduate Program in the Open
The Royal Roads MA degree in Learning and Technology has been redesigned, and features openness and networked learning as key design principles. In this presentation we describe faculty experiences with designing and developing for, and in, an open learning environment. Faculty experiences described center around support requirements, tensions with designing/developing for openness, and concerns with providing safe learning environments. We conclude with recommendations for supporting faculty in designing for open learning spaces.

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Jo Axe

Professor, School of Education and Technology, Royal Roads University
Royal Roads University
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Elizabeth Childs

Professor & Program Head, Royal Roads University
Elizabeth a Professor and Program Head in the School of Education and Technology and Royal Roads University. She is interested in the design, creation and implementation of flexible learning environments that incorporate the affordances of information and communication technology... Read More →

Thursday May 25, 2017 11:05am - 11:35am PDT
Fletcher Challenge Canada Theatre

11:40am PDT

Becoming a Full Service Indie Publishing of Open Tools and Content
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Charles R. Severance
University of Michigan

bio: http://dr-chuck.com/dr-chuck/resume/index.htm

Thursday May 25, 2017 11:40am - 12:10pm PDT
Fletcher Challenge Canada Theatre

11:40am PDT

Connect OER Project
The movement for OER in Canada and the United States has been accelerating, with numerous institutions launching initiatives to support the creation, adoption, adaptation and awareness of OER. While there are a number of successful efforts to organize networks, communities, and consortia, many activities also happen organically without visibility outside their institution. Recognizing the need to better track and share information about the efforts institutions have taken to advance OER, SPARC has developed the Connect OER Project. While the anticipated launch of this project is not until September 2017, this 30-minute presentation will provide attendees with a first-hand opportunity to learn more about the project, our initial findings and how their institution can get involved.

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.


Thursday May 25, 2017 11:40am - 12:10pm PDT
Segal Rooms 1400-1410

1:00pm PDT

What is the Research Telling us?
The BC Open Education fellows will present on OER adoption trends in BC (by institution and by discipline) from 2012-2017, including eight specific patterns of individual and group adoptions.

Thursday May 25, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Fletcher Challenge Canada Theatre

2:10pm PDT

Development of OER for Introductory Financial Accounting at Athabasca University
This presentation will describes the outcome of an ongoing, self-sustaining project at Athabasca University that has produced significant financial savings for the institution, maintained equivalent student learning outcomes and persistence rates, and at the same time enhanced aspects of the learning experience for students in introductory financial accounting. Broadly-applicable conclusions about the factors encouraging OER adoption can be drawn from the success of the project to date. These illuminate organizational issues that impede the adoption of OER and how the rate of OER adoption in the academy could be increased.

David Annand, EdD, MBA, CPA, CA is a Professor of Accounting in the Faculty of Business. His research interests include the study and development of open education resources, and the organization of online- and distance-based universities.


Thursday May 25, 2017 2:10pm - 2:40pm PDT
Segal Rooms 1420-1430

2:10pm PDT

Rapid OER Textbook Development Using Wikipedia’s Book Creator Tool
Textbooks are vital to many approaches to curriculum development, but building one requires creating a significant amount of content. This can be time consuming to write, expensive to acquire externally, or both.

However, textbooks don't necessarily always need to be planned and written from the ground up. Sometimes it may be appropriate to take advantage of existing openly licensed content that can be repurposed to serve as textbooks.

This presentation will consider Wikipedia as an underappreciated treasure trove of such freely reusable learning objects, and demonstrate how its Book Creator tool be used by open educational resources developers, whether in cooperation to increase the number of textbooks generally available to all, or to create on a case by case basis for specific needs that arise.

Steve Foerster is President of New World University. With two decades of expertise in technology, management, and education, Mr Foerster is dedicated to building educational ecosystems that maximise access to higher education for underserved populations.

Vincent Kizza is Executive Director of the Free Curricula Centre at New World University. A trained mathematician and computer scientist, Prof Kizza has been active in the open education movement for a decade, promoting education as a tool for economic development both in Uganda and throughout the world.

Thursday May 25, 2017 2:10pm - 2:40pm PDT
Fletcher Challenge Canada Theatre
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