Map of BCThe notion of open education, whether it be in the context of large initiatives such as the British Columbia open textbook initiative, institutional Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) or countless grassroots efforts, has been growing in prominence in higher education in British Columbia. Increasingly, instructors and students are asking how they can get involved with this movement, and what their institutions are doing to support this work. This website strives to develop a set of resources and conversations addressing these questions, in a format that encourages an open approach and collaboration.

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When in Vancouver for #OpenEd15

I’m crowdsourcing/compiling a list of things to do when in Vancouver for people from our of town coming to Vancouver for OpenEd in November. There are many places on the web to find “things to do” and best restaurants, etc in Vancouver for people looking. What I am hoping to do with this list is … Continue reading When in Vancouver for #OpenEd15

Helping Manitoba launch an open textbook initiative

For the past few weeks I have been working closely with our colleagues at eCampus Manitoba to help them with an open textbook initiative in their province. Today Manitoba launched their open textbook initiative and new site. The site will look familiar to you if you have ever been to our site at Because … Continue reading Helping Manitoba launch an open textbook initiative

How Open Works

Got an email from Dr. Tony Bates today that made me very happy as it illustrates wonderfully what openly licensed resources enable. Earlier this year, Tony published his open textbook “Teaching in a Digital Age” on our Pressbooks platform. It has been a huge success, with over 32,000 unique visitors and 12,000 downloads since it’s … Continue reading How Open Works

US Court Ruling Adds Clarity to Creative Commons License

Last week there was an important US court ruling that helps to legally clarify the freedoms and limitations of Creative Commons licenses. While it is a US court ruling, I think the ruling is still useful here in Canada as the global body of legal decisions involving  CC licenses is fairly small, so any legal interpretation … Continue reading US Court Ruling Adds Clarity to Creative Commons License

Turning #crappyconf15 into #awesomeconf15

David Kernohan started it this morning. So, wondering about running #crappyconf15 -a conference that hits you over the head with, like, how bad edtech is and, like, capitalism. — David Kernohan (@dkernohan) August 26, 2015 I’ve been tuning into the #crappyconf15 hashtag off an on this morning. As I wrote about yesterday, I’m working with … Continue reading Turning #crappyconf15 into #awesomeconf15

Getting ready for #OpenEd15

For the past couple months I’ve been working with David Wiley on planning the November 18-20 OpenEd conference in Vancouver, and things are kicking into high gear as we head into the fall. David released the program on Monday (and many thanks to our local program evaluation committee Brian Lamb, Will Engle, Valerie Irvine, Irwin … Continue reading Getting ready for #OpenEd15

Non-disposable assignments in Intro to Philosophy

Disposable assignments In the past couple of years I’ve really been grabbed by the issue of “disposable assignments,” as discussed by David Wiley here: These are assignments that students complain about doing and faculty complain about grading. They’re assignments that add no value to the world – after a student spends three hours creating it, […]

Registration for 12th Annual OpenEd Conference Now Open

The 12th annual Open Education Conference will take place in Vancouver, BC this November from the 18th to the 20th. The conference theme is “the impact of open” and methodologically rigorous research is demonstrating that these OER-based models can be extremely effective in reducing the cost of education and improving student learning. Now that this … Continue reading Registration for 12th Annual OpenEd Conference Now Open