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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Segal Rooms 1420-1430 [clear filter]
Wednesday, May 24

10:30am PDT

Institutional Support and Strategy: Conversations with UVIC, KPU, BCIT, USASK, and Mott College
Join faculty members from the University of Victoria, British Columbia Institute for Technology, Mott College, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and the University of Saskatchewan as they discuss institutional strategies and support mechanisms for sustaining open education at their institutions.

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.

Lin Brander works at BCIT Library where she is the Open Education Librarian, Collections Coordinator, and liaises with programs in the School of Energy. She is Co-Chair of the BCIT Open Education Working Group and a member of the BC Open Education Librarians (BCOEL) group.

Ken Jeffery is an instructor in the Digital Arts Department at BCIT and is a BCcampus Faculty Fellow for 2017. He is co-chair of the Open Education Working Group at BCIT, holds a Master’s Degree in Learning and Technology from Royal Roads University, and is a co-author of the open textbook Graphic Design and Print Production Fundamentals. With over 18 years of prior experience in visual communications, typography and design, Ken has a keen interest in how technology and openness converge to provide unrestricted access to all learners.

Farhad Dastur is a faculty member at Kwantlen Polytechnic University where he teaches evolutionary psychology, perception, and cognitive ergonomics. His 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. His 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, he will be co-leading a field school into the Amazon rainforest to learn about its indigenous cultures and remarkable biodiversity.

Aaron Gulyas is a teacher, historian, and writer (generally in that order), Gulyas received his BA in History from Hanover College in 1998 as well as an MA in United States History from Indiana University-Indianapolis in 2003. He then moved into teaching, and has been at Mott Community College since 2006. His online courses include World History to 1500, World History to Present, American Military History, History of the Holocaust, and East Asia 1600 to Present. He also works with several of the college's curriculum and accreditation projects and is coordinator the college's OER efforts. Gulyas is the author of a number of articles and books on media history and criticism, science fiction, and fringe political cultures.

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 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 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Segal Rooms 1420-1430

1:00pm PDT

Open Pedagogy Case Studies and Examples from Langara, UBC, Athabasca
Open pedagogy has multiple meanings and involves many different kinds of practices. In this session we will involve participants in a discussion of open pedagogy as well as showcase three different OER and open pedagogy projects. Christina Hendricks (UBC) will discuss the Open Case Studies project, which collects case studies written by professors and students, that are openly licensed for anyone to revise and reuse. Marianne Gianacopoulos (Langara) will share her experiences with international students in Post Degree Diploma programs, who are moving past the traditional textbook and Learning Management System to build skills that will serve them beyond the classroom walls. Michael Dabrowski (Athabasca) will discuss a project involving a collaboration between 6 Western Canadian Universities, including professors, graduate and undergraduate students, as well as members of the Canadian Hispanic community, to engage in open collaborative pedagogy/andragogy to take students beyond the core subject matter of courses.

Wednesday May 24, 2017 1:00pm - 2:30pm PDT
Segal Rooms 1420-1430

3:00pm PDT

Advancing OER through Effective Policy
Policy can play an important role in advancing the creation, adoption and sustainability of open educational resources. At both the government and institutional levels, policy can affect important factors such as how resources like funding and staff are allocated, what goals and priorities are set, and what kind of activities are encouraged. Policymakers themselves can also be important allies, using their influence to raise awareness, call for action, or clear barriers.

This workshop will explore the ways that open textbooks and open educational resources intersect with policy at the institutional, state/provincial, and national levels, and how members of the audience can get involved in developing, passing and implementing policies. It will be broken into three parts:

Part 1: Overview of government OER policy, including examples from the U.S. and Canada, and tips for advocacy.

Part 2: Overview of OER policy at the institutional level, including examples and a tool for building your own institutional policy.

Part 3: The room will then split up into small groups to each develop an OER policy idea, then share their plan back with the group.

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Amanda Coolidge

Executive Director, BCcampus
Amanda Coolidge is the Director of Open Education at BCcampus. She leads the BC Open Textbook Project as well as the Open Education initiatives in the province of British Columbia, Canada. The BCcampus Open Education team produces Open Educational Resources (OER) – textbooks, toolkits... Read More →

Wednesday May 24, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Segal Rooms 1420-1430
Thursday, May 25

10:30am PDT

Open Trades at Camosun College: from Open Textbooks to 3D Modelling- a Cross Institutional Collaboration
Over the past two years with the support of Open School BC, Camosun College has developed 23 open textbooks and a number of ancillary resources for Trades training. The digital distribution of open textbooks allow for a seamless integration of multimedia learning assets which can enrich both teaching and learning.

At Camosun we have developed several interactive “games” to allow students to practice assembling scaffolding and to use and read several measurement devices. 

In this workshop Camosun’s development team will introduce participants to some of the concepts utilized in designing and developing these assets. Participants will get hands-on experience in an interactive workshop, in which they will demonstrate how to build additional exercises for a Multimeter learning asset.  Individuals who the appropriate computer resources will be able to build their own activities both in and after the workshop. As well, we will present on how Camosun is maximizing the use of open resources for trades training.  We will also look at the interdisciplinary approach we have taken at our institutions which involves faculty, students, staff and external partnerships.

Sarah-Jayne McAndrew Roe
Sarah-Jayne is a Continuing Education instructor and employee at Camosun College.  She has worked on a variety of different programs, most recently on the delivery of essential skills training and development of a blended learning trades program at Camosun. Sarah has a BA Honours in Fine Arts from Northumbria University in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Sunderland.

Matthew Zeleny
Matt Zeleny is an Applied Research Specialist at Camosun Innovates and in Camosun’s Technology Access Centre.  He works on numerous projects for industry involving 3D scanning, reverse engineering, prototyping and CAD design. Matt has a wide range of knowledge and experience in the areas of 3D scanning technologies and processes, non-conventional silicone moulding and the creation and utilization of 3D printed parts.  Matt also works with faculty from Camosun’s Pipe Trades and technology student interns to create open learning ancillary resources.  Matt is a graduate from Camosun’s Engineering Graphics Technician program and a Certified Solidworks Professional,

Hebron Watson
Hebron Watson is an international student from the Bahamas studying Computer Science Technology at Camosun.  When not studying, he is also an intern at Camosun Innovates and works on open resource projects.

Thursday May 25, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Segal Rooms 1420-1430

1:00pm PDT

A Pressbooks Vision for Open Textbooks
Pressbooks, an open source book publishing platform, is getting used by more and more Open Textbook projects, and this is by far the most interesting (to us!) use for Pressbooks. In this talk, Hugh McGuire (founder of Pressbooks) will talk about why Open Textbooks offer such exciting technical possibilities. He’ll give an overview of the Pressbooks development roadmap, with a focus on Open Textbooks-specific features. The talk will cover things like: making it easy to find openly licensed Pressbooks books, about making reusing, revising & remixing easy, about accessibility, annotations, and making better web interfaces for books. 

If all goes well we'll demo with everyone the ease of remixing using Pressbooks.

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.

Thursday May 25, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Segal Rooms 1420-1430

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
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