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Open Education Week March 4-March 8th, 2019

Happy Open Education Week 2019 – March 4th-8th: Ryerson Event List

What is Open Education Week?

Open Education Week is a celebration of the global Open Education Movement.

This week is dedicated to raising awareness about the movement and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide.

The Learning & Teaching Office, the Office of eLearning, the Toronto Metropolitan University Library,
and the
Chang School of Continuing Education, invite the Ryerson teaching community to join
us for
Open Education Week, a series of events beginning with our Kickoff and Keynote on March 4, 2019!

If you can’t attend in person  eCampusOntario is hosting a OE Week webinar series that runs throughout the week, 12pm-1pm. Three of these webinars feature Ryerson projects or OE leaders including Toronto Metropolitan University Library Chief Librarian, Carol Shepstone.

For more information, visit eCampus Ontario: Open Education Week 2019

Toronto Metropolitan University Library is also offering two events for students during the week.


Event Listings:

Monday March 4th, 2019

Open Education Week: Kickoff and Keynote

Time: 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Location: SLC 508

Dr. Stuart Inglis, award-winning instructor in the Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences at the University of Buffalo, will emphasize the importance of open resources as a starting point for pedagogies that support engaged, inclusive, and technologically enhanced learning, with examples from a STEM classroom. The session will include a hands-on workshop in which Dr. Inglis will demonstrate how to use open source software to generate content for use in your teaching.

This event is presented by the Learning & Teaching Office, the Office of eLearning, the Ryerson Library, and the Chang School. Funding provided by eCampusOntario and additional sponsorship provided by the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing, the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science, and the Faculty of Science.

Faculty Event Register Now

This event will be live streamed

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Tuesday, March 5

Finding and Using Open Images 

Time: 10:00 am to 11:30am

Location: Ryerson Library Collaboratory

Did you know that the majority of openly licenced materials are images? This workshop is an overview of how to find open images, how to use open images in teaching, and how to advise students on proper use of Creative Commons images in web projects. Faculty Event: Register


Library Student Townhall

Time: 12:00 pm to 2 pm2:00

Location: Ryerson Library LIB386C, 3rd Floor of Library

We want to hear from you about buying and using textbooks.
Drop by and share your experience. We’ll have pizza and refreshments to make sure your belly is full and your mind open.

We’ll have pizza and refreshments to make sure your belly is full and your mind open.


Curating in the Open Webinar with James Skidmore

Time: 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

This webinar, brought to you by Chang School,  will focus on content curation approach to open and online education.  Watch James explain his curatorial approach to designing courses based on freely accessible materials. James Skidmore is a faculty member at the University of Waterloo and was a eCampusOntario Open Education Fellows.

Register here Online


Open Textbooks: Open Minds – A Colloquium Exploring Re-Use of Open Resources to Improve Quality and Access (U of T event)

Time: 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

In Person Location: University of Toronto Blackburn Room, 4th Floor, Robarts Library

Open Textbooks: Open Minds will showcase the findings of a recent University of Guelph study exploring the impact of cost and access to course materials on student success. In addition, University of Toronto instructors, librarians, staff and graduate students who have had first hand experience in the creation and adaptation of open textbooks will share their strategies and insights. Wendy Freeman, Ryerson’s Director of the Office of E-Learning, and the Learning and Teaching office will also be presenting.

Register to attend in person.

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Wednesday, March 6

Open Pedagogy Tools: Advanced Pressbooks

Time: 10:00 am to 11:30 am

Location: Ryerson Library LIB386C, 3rd Floor of Library

This workshop will highlight some of the new interactive features that have been released recently in Pressbooks. We will look at H5P, a tool that lets you create interactive content (quizzes, fill-in-the-blanks, matching games, etc.) that you can include in your books. We will also explore, a web annotation tool that can be used with your books and other web content. Finally we will test the new glossary feature in Pressbooks.

Faculty Event: Register


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

Time: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Location: Ryerson Library LIB386C, 3rd Floor of Library

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

Chang Faculty Event: Register



Thursday, March 7


Time: 10:00 am to 11:30 am

Location: Ryerson Library Collaboratory

Hypothesis is web-based software that lets you annotate the web anywhere with anyone.  You and your students can use it to hold discussions, collaboratively annotate course readings, organize your research and take personal notes.  Students can use it to collaboratively annotate course readings. We will give an introduction to the software, show a few examples of educators using Hypothesis and will provide time to get experience using Hypothesis with hands-on exercises.

Faculty Event: Register


Becoming an Open Educator – Webinar with Maureen Glynn

Time: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

This webinar, brought to you by Chang School, will discuss the characteristics of an Open Educator. Through a practical activity, participants will examine their own level of openness and discuss benefits of being an educator. The facilitator will share strategies and resources to support you in honing your skills as an open educator.Maureen Glynn is an eCampus OER fellow and Senior eLearning Designer at Trent University.

Register Here Online


Friday, March 8

eCampusOntario Webinar: Open Leadership and Institutional Strategy Focus Session

Time: 12:00 pm to 12:50 pm

Watch in Person: Ryerson Library LIB386C, 3rd Floor of Library
Moderated by eCampusOntario’s Lena Patterson, this session will feature leaders from two institutions that have adopted open education as part of a larger strategy. Join this session to learn about what is involved in exploring an OE strategy from various leadership perspectives and how open education initiatives might dovetail with institutional mission and vision going forward.

Laurie Rancourt, Senior Vice President Academic, Humber College

Carol Shepstone, Chief Librarian, Toronto Metropolitan University

Register Here  Online


OER and Cookies

Time: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Location: Library Learning Commons, 2nd Floor of the Library

Students! Drop by our OE Week Table and find out more about Open Textbooks.

2018/19 Toronto Metropolitan University Library and Archives OER Grants

The Toronto Metropolitan University Library and Archives (RULA) is pleased to announce its 2018/19 RULA Open Educational Resources (OER) Grants to encourage the creation and adoption of open educational resources. OER are learning materials that are openly licensed such that they are freely available to be adapted, copied, and shared. OER can be: courses, modules, textbooks, multimedia, assessments, and supplementary materials.

These grants advance the University’s priorities to foster an innovation ecosystem and ensure excellence in student learning experiences, and build on RULA’s digital initiatives, expertise in Open Access and Open Education Resource publishing and dissemination, and academic priorities of access and openness. The Library and Archives is very pleased to collaborate with the Office of eLearning and the Learning and Teaching Office in the review and adjudication of the grants, and in the support of successful projects. A total of $35,000 is available in two categories of grants:

Category 1 – Creation or Adaptation

  • 3 grants for creation or adaptation of an OER textbook or ancillary materials and its subsequent use in class- $10,000 each.

Category 2 – Review and Adoption

  • 5 grants for peer review and adoption of OER, or creation of small-scale supplementary/ ancillary material for an existing OER – $1,000 each.

Objectives of the Grant Program

  • To support faculty members in the review, revision and adoption of open textbooks and other OER materials
  • To increase the use of open educational content, textbooks and OER at Toronto Metropolitan University resulting in pedagogical innovation, enhanced access for students, and reduced textbook and class material costs.


All TFA and CUPE Faculty members, Librarians and Post-Doctoral fellows, may apply for these grants.

Evaluation Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Curation and customization of OER that will be freely and openly shared within Toronto Metropolitan University and beyond
  • Impact on student experience, including high-quality materials, maximum access, open and innovative pedagogy, and cost savings to students
  • Active engagement of students with Faculty in the adaptation/adoption of OER
  • Improve discipline/subject OER coverage
  • Complete and viable budget and project outcomes, consistent with project objectives and appropriate administrative approval from your Chair or supervisor as necessary
  • Foster commitment to building equity, community and inclusion, advance the TRC Calls to Action, and alignment with Ryerson’s Academic Plan and priorities

 Guidelines for Applicants

  • Complete the Application Form by 4:00 pm on September 28, 2018. Proposals must be submitted via this link prior to the deadline.
  • Selection Process: Proposals will be evaluated according to an established assessment rubric based on the criteria noted above. A RULA OER Grant Review Committee comprising representation from the Library and Archives (chair), the eLearning Office, and the Learning and Teaching Office will consider all applications. The results of this process will be communicated to each applicant in late October, and announced during Open Access Week 2018.
  • Funds will be available once a detailed budget is approved by the RULA OER Grant Review Committee.
    • Funds may be used to be used to pay students; editors; graphic designers; videographers, with preference given to projects that employ Ryerson students. Funds cannot be used to purchase equipment or used for travel costs.
    • This is not an equipment fund, however, if the substance of the project requires equipment, that component may be considered if it is demonstrated that such equipment is unavailable on campus and is instrumental to the project on a case-by-case approved basis.
    • Faculty teaching release is not funded by this grant.
    • Funds will be made available no later than November 30th, 2018 after recipients attend an introductory 2-hour on-boarding session. Category 1 funds must be expended no later than August 31st, 2019, and Category 2 funds must be expended no later than April 15th, 2019.
    • Brief final reports at project completion and/or close of the granting period are required, including an outline of fund expenditures. Any unspent funds will be returned to the Library and Archives.

Reporting and Deliverables

 For Category 1 – Creation and Adaptation grants:
A mid-term report is due April 15, 2019, and final reports and links to materials created must be submitted to the Library OER Grant Committee by August 31, 2019. Upon completion of the project, a presentation must be made during Open Access Week (October 2019).

For Category 2 – Review and Adoption grants:

Final two-page report and links to materials created must be submitted to the Library OER Grant Committee by April 15, 2019. Upon completion of the project, a short presentation must be made during Open Access Week (October 2019).

Acknowledgment and Licensing

Grant recipients are required to credit the RULA Open Educational Resources (OER) Grants in any publications, conference proceedings, or media appearances resulting from the funded project.

All materials created via these funds must be licensed under a Creative Commons CC-BY license, or a CC-BY-NC license and indicate that they were funded by a RULA Open Educational Resources (OER) Grants.


Groups will be interviewed at end of project for feedback and a follow-up interview will be done after in-classroom pilots.

Application Process

To apply for a grant, please submit a completed application form to RULA by 4 pm September 28, 2018. Grant recipients will be announced October 22nd, 2018.   If you have questions, please feel free to contact either Ann Ludbrook ext. 6910, or Sally Wilson ext. 556898, or email