Office of Open Education
The Office of Open Education offers open pedagogy workshops and coordinates an award-winning international and interdisciplinary fellowship program, supporting the student-led creation of open education resources (OER) related to the United Nations' sustainable development goals. A key goal of KPU's Academic Plan is for KPU to become an international leader in open education research and practice. Learn more about how the Office of Open Education will achieve this.
KPU supports a wide range of open educational practices, including:
- Creating, adapting, and adopting OER as part of our Zero Textbook Cost initiative
- Designing and implementing renewable assignments and other forms of open pedagogy
- Training and supporting open education research
These initiatives are led by the Associate Vice Provost, Open Education and guided by the Open Education Working Group.
KPU is a proud member of the Open Education Network, International Council for Open and Distance Education, Open Education Global, OER Universitas, Centre for Open Education Practice and Creative Commons Global Network.
Open Educational Resources
KPU is a leading adopter of open educational resources (OER) and home to Canada’s first Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) programs. KPU offers over 800 ZTC courses and eight ZTC credentials. To date, ZTC has saved students over $5 million.
Research at KPU shows students assigned open textbooks perform the same as or better than those assigned expensive commercial textbooks.
The development of open textbooks are funded by philanthropic organizations, governments, universities, and professional societies to ensure that faculty authors are compensated for their time and effort.
Grants are available to faculty who wish to create, adapt, or adopt OER. This funding is supplemented with in-kind support from our Open Publishing Suite, a set of services and tools that assists faculty and students in open textbook and journal publishing.
KPU Pressbooks also offers instructors and learners tools to create, adapt and share content. For more information visit this guide to creating or adapting OER using the Pressbooks platform.
Open pedagogy is an access-oriented commitment to learner-driven education and includes:
- Creating, adapting, or updating OER with students
- Building course policies, outcomes, assignments, rubrics, and schedules of work collaboratively with students
- Facilitating student-created and student-controlled learning environments
By designing frameworks and building tools for learning, open pedagogy allows students to shape the public-knowledge commons they're a part of.
If you're interested in designing an open pedagogy project that integrates the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, consider applying for an UN SDG Open Pedagogy Fellowship.
Are you working with students who wish to publish their course work under a Creative Commons license? Download our Student Agreement to Publish Course Work under a Creative Commons License.
Support for Open Educational Practices
Support for OER is woven through KPU’s policies (e.g., intellectual property), procedures (e.g., print on demand for open textbooks), and practices (e.g., recognition of faculty champions).
Taken together, these supports aim to ensure that OER are embraced to widen equitable access and catalyze pedagogical innovation. Our model is one that leverages synergies across wide-ranging departments across the university to help create a sustainable, thriving, student-centered ecosystem.
Open Education Research
An annual Open Education Research Fellowship and Open Education Research Institute (OERI) provide training and mentorship to faculty who are interested in evaluating the outcomes of open educational practices.
As Canada's leading institutional adopter of open educational resources, KPU supports scholarly research on a wide range of open educational practices.
Open education research at KPU has looked at student perceptions, use, and performance from open textbooks vs. commercial textbooks and digital vs. print formats (Jhangiani, Dastur, Le Grand, & Penner, 2018), patterns of open textbook adoption (Barker, Jeffrey, Jhangiani, & Veletsianos, 2018), faculty use of OER (Jhangiani, Pitt, Hendricks, Key, Lalonde, 2016), impact on student outcomes (Jhangiani, & Jhangiani, 2017), as well as different approaches to open textbook development (Jhangiani, Green, & Belshaw, 2016). Notable is that much of the research on open textbooks at KPU is among the first in Canada.
Other open education publications authored at KPU include a discussion paper of the how open educational practices support institutional strategic excellence in teaching, learning, and scholarship (Carey, Davis, Ferreras, & Porter, 2015), a discussion of tensions within the open education movement (Jhangiani, 2017), and an edited volume about open education, open science, and open access (Jhangiani & Biswas-Diener, 2017).
Support for open education research at KPU includes an Open Education Research Fellowship, an annual Open Education Research Institute, and scholarly inquiry grants. Faculty at KPU have also received external open education research awards including the Open Education Group's OER Research Fellowship and the BCcampus Open Education Advocacy & Research Fellowship.
Note: Portions of this page have been adapted from The range of B.C. research on open by Tannis Morgan, which was published with a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence.
Resources from past events
On October 31, 2017, Sue Doner, Instructional Designer at Camosun College, visited KPU Surrey to give a workshop titled "Accessibility, Inclusivity, & OERs." Here is a link to resources that Sue shared during her workshop: http://libguides.kpu.ca/opentextbooks/accessinclusion
On October 26, 2017, Dr. Judy Chan, Educational Consultant at the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology at UBC, visited KPU Surrey to give a workshop titled "Wikipedia in Academia." Here is a link to Judy's slides: Google Slides for Wikipedia in Academia
On March 30, 2017, Clint Lalonde, Manager of Educational Technology at BCcampus, visited KPU Richmond to give a talk titled "Open technology: The third pillar of open education." Click here to view a video recording of Clint's talk.
On March 20, 2017, Dr. Robin DeRosa, Director of the Interdisciplinary Studies Program at Plymouth State University, visited KPU Surrey to give a talk titled "Beyond OER: The promises, pitfalls, and potential of open education." Click here to view a video recording of Robin's talk.
On October 27, 2016, BCcampus Faculty Fellows Arthur Gill Green and Jennifer Kirkey visited KPU to give a workshop about Open Pedagogy. Along with their slides (provided below), here is a brief blog post by Dr. Green that pertains to this workshop: http://greengeographer.com/openpedagogyworkshopkpu/
The Open Education Team
Rajiv Jhangiani, Ph.D.
Associate Vice Provost, Open Education
Open Education Strategist
Teaching Fellow, Open Education & Instructor, Applied Communications