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Open Education

Open Education is a collective term to describe institutional practices and programmatic initiatives that broaden access to the learning and training traditionally offered through formal education systems. Put simply, it "is the simple and powerful idea that the world’s knowledge is a public good and that technology in general and the Web in particular provide an extraordinary opportunity for everyone to share, use, and reuse knowledge" (William and Flora Hewlett Foundation).

Open Education encompasses the creation, adaptation, and adoption of open educational resources (OER), open pedagogy (including the design of renewable assignments), and the use of open-source educational technology. Click on the links in the sidebar to learn more about how members of the KPU community are embracing open educational practices, and to avail of grants, resources, and opportunities to serve your own teaching and learning practice.

Upcoming Events

  • March 27-31, 2017: Open Education Week! Look for special announcements every day during this week, dedicated to raising awareness about the movement and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide.
  • Thursday, March 30, 2017: Workshop on "Open Technology: The Third Pillar of Open Education" by Clint Lalonde, Manager of Educational Technology at BCcampus. This event will take place at KPU Richmond in the Melville Centre for Dialogue from 1-2pm (RSVP requested).
  • Monday, April 10, 2017: Celebration of the publication of a new book co-edited by Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani, Open: The Philosophy and Practices that are Revolutionizing Education and Science (Ubiquity Press). This event will be held at 11:30am in the Surrey Main atrium.
  • Tuesday, April 18, 2017: Open forum about KPU's partnership with the Open Educational Resources universitas (OERu), with Dr. Wayne Mackintosh (OER Foundation) and Dr. Alan Davis. This event will be held at 2:30pm (location TBA).
  • May 24-25, 2017: Open Textbook Summit 2017, hosted by BCcampus at SFU's Harbour Centre campus, 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. Registration required.
  • July 28-30, 2017: Digital Pedagogy Lab Vancouver will be held at KPU's Richmond campus. DPL Vancouver is a three-day institute that explores the role and application of digital technology in teaching. Three tracks offer intensive peer-driven learning with and discussion of open education, new media, and critical digital pedagogy. Registration required; however, interested faculty should contact 

Have any questions? Interested in embracing an element of Open Educational Practices in your work but are unsure of where to start? Email us at and we will get back to you right away.

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