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Open Education Week at Ryerson


Open Education Week is a global event designed to raise awareness of free and open sharing in education and the benefits they bring to faculty, instructors and students.

The Library, in partnership with the Centre for Excellence in Learning & Teaching and The Chang School, are hosting a series of discussions, workshops and events in support of Open Education work underway at Ryerson.

Open Education Week events:

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Using Open Education Resources (OER) for Teaching and Learning Workshop

Time: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Library Collaboratory-3rd floor, Library (Enter from the SLC)

This Chang School workshop will give an overview of how instructors can use open educational resources in their teaching, and introduction to open licensing. Through guided support by a team of instructional designers and librarians from Toronto Metropolitan University Library, participants will locate relevant resources for their respective courses and draft an action plan for OER use for the future.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Open Education Week Keynote: Highlight on Open Textbooks

Time: 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Library Collaboratory-3rd floor, Toronto Metropolitan University Library (Enter from SLC)

Come and join us for an afternoon of lunch and learning about Open Education and how it can support both your teaching and your students. Our keynote David Porter, is the new Dean of Innovative Learning and Senior Special Advisor for Flexible Learning at Humber College and was the former CEO of eCampusOntario. Dr. Porter will speak about charting a course towards innovation using open education, open practices and open pedagogy. Next, learn about how Ryerson faculty have worked with students to create Open Textbooks with Jennifer Lapum and her team who will present on “Creating and Adapting OER with Students for Students.” The third session of the afternoon will be a panel of Ryerson students and faculty who have recently worked on open textbooks or have worked on the first round of the Toronto Metropolitan University Library OER Grants. 

Keynote: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
“Charting a Course Towards Open Innovation:  Open resources, open practices, communities of innovation”  with David Porter, Dean of Innovative Learning and Senior Special Advisor for Flexible Learning, Humber College

Dr. David Porter is the current Dean of Innovative Learning and Senior Special Advisor for Flexible Learning, Humber College, and  the former CEO of eCampusOntario, the primary face of the Ontario Online Learning Consortium (OOLC), a not-for-profit corporation whose membership is composed of all publicly funded colleges and universities in Ontario.

David is a long-time advocate for the benefits of adapting new technology to deliver educational opportunities, and has been involved in open and distance learning since the 1990s, at both the K-12 and higher education levels.

Discussion: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
 “Creating and Adapting OER with Students for Students” with Jennifer Lapum, Oona St-Amant, Nada Savicevic

Panel: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Faculty and Student Panel on creating OER with Library Grants 

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Curating in the Open: A Webinar with James Skidmore

Time: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Online Webinar

Informative for both faculty and administrators, this webinar will focus on a content curation approach to open and online education. James will also cover the role of policy in supporting OER initiatives at your institution. 

James Skidmore is a faculty member at the University of Waterloo. He is also the Director of the Waterloo Centre for German Studies. He has been a University of Waterloo Teaching Fellow, and is just finishing up a one-year appointment as one of six eCampusOntario Open Education Fellows. 

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Thursday, March 5, 2020

Open Education Resources (OER) and Cookies

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Library Learning Commons-2nd floor, Toronto Metropolitan University Library

Students! Drop by our OE Week Table, grab a free cookie and find out more about Open Textbooks.

Open Pedagogy Workshop

Time:  1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Daphne Cockwell Centre for Health Sciences (DCC-713)

Led by: Michelle Schwartz and Nada Savicevic, Educational Developers, Centre for Excellence in Learning & Teaching

Open pedagogy is about “rethinking the relationship between teachers, students, and knowledge” (DeRosa & Robinson). This experiential learning technique defines the role of the students as that of a creator of knowledge, rather than a consumer. Teachers learn alongside their students, and course content is dynamic, rather than set in stone. Assessments are designed so that student work can be shared outside the classroom, contributing to public knowledge, and, if openly licensed, to be built on by others. Join us to learn more about this learner-driven, experiential, and inclusive pedagogy. Bring your course outlines or assessments so we can discuss how they could be transformed through open teaching principles. 

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OER Week: Drop in 

Time: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: DCC – 7th floor, Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching

Drop by the Centre to talk with experts on open access and open pedagogy. Have some coffee and work with a librarian to find open resources or textbooks, or talk with one of our educational developers about how your course can be more open.


Chang School Open Educational Resources Showcase

Time: 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Location: 7th floor, Chang School

This is an excellent opportunity for Chang School Continuing Education Contract Lecturers and Academic Coordinators to network with colleagues and check out open educational resources created by the Digital Education Strategies unit at The Chang School.

Resources to be showcased include:

  • Web Accessibility Open Textbooks
  • Educational games for nursing, accessibility and academic integrity
  • Content design strategy resources (course design mapping tool, content design strategy cards)
  • Guide to The Art of Serious Game Design for multidisciplinary teams in higher education 

The event features a special address by The Chang School Dean, Dr. Gary Hepburn who will share his experience on open education. 

Chang School staff will be available to guide you on exploring some of the key repositories for Open Educational Resources and OpenTextbooks relevant to your discipline.

Please drop in to introduce yourself and explore! Refreshments will be provided.

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