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Open Education

Graphic recording about the benefits of open educational practices

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. Watch the video below and 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

  • October 2017-April 2018: Faculty Learning Community about Open Educational Practices. Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs) are supportive and ongoing discussion groups that allow KPU colleagues to gather from across departments in order to discuss and develop their skills around a specific teaching and learning topic. This Fall we will launch an FLC that will focus on open educational practices, with a special emphasis on open pedagogy. Open Pedagogy is both an access-oriented commitment to learner-driven education as well as a process of designing architectures and using tools for learning that enable students to shape the public knowledge commons of which they are a part. Members of this FLC will meet monthly, between October 2017 and April 2018, and will critically explore and workshop innovative open educational practices and how these might be implemented in one or more of their own courses. This FLC is limited to 10 participants and will be facilitated by Rajiv Jhangiani (Psychology).

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 open@kpu.ca and we will get back to you right away.

Interested in being kept in the loop about new resources, workshops, and other open education-related activities at KPU? Join our Open KPU listserv by submitting a subscription request at http://lists.bccampus.ca/mailman/listinfo/openkpu