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Open Pedagogy Learning Community (Spring 2020)

In partnership with Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire, we are once again offering an inter-institutional and virtual set of discussions focused on different aspects of Open Pedagogy. The OPLC will meet biweekly during the Spring 2020 semester on Wednesdays from 10-11am Pacific Time (1-2pm Eastern Time) on the following dates: January 29, February 12, February 26, March 11, March 25, and April 8. The OPLC will be co-facilitated by Karen Cangialosi (Professor of Biology, Open Education Faculty Fellow, Keene State College) and Rajiv Jhangiani (Associate Vice Provost, Open Education, Kwantlen Polytechnic University) and will be limited to 10 participants from each institution. Participants are expected to attend all of the sessions.

For more information & to register visit: https://www.kpu.ca/open/oplc

The Power of Collaborative Digital Annotation: Using Hypothes.is for Teaching & Learning

Hypothes.is (https://hypothes.is/) is an open source plugin for your browser that makes it possible to easily annotate any webpage, online document, or open textbook. This hands-on workshop will introduce you to this powerful tool, showcase examples of its use in higher education, and equip you to effectively use Hypothes.is for teaching and learning, such as by having your students annotate assigned readings.

Date: Thursday, February 13, 2020
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm
Place: KPU Surrey, A2410
Cost: Free! Registration required

UN SDG Open Pedagogy Fellowship: Student Showcase

During the summer of 2019, six KPU faculty worked with colleagues at Montgomery College (Maryland, USA) to collaboratively design renewable assignments that focus on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This showcase will feature the efforts of students (from both institutions) who have completed some of these assignments. KPU's open pedagogy faculty fellows will also speak to their motivations and experiences. This showcase offers an excellent opportunity for those considering applying for the 2020 open pedagogy fellowship program to learn more.

Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Time: 11:30am-1:30pm
Place: KPU Surrey, A2410
Cost: Free! Registration required

Open Education Week

Open Education Week is an annual celebration that aims to raise awareness and showcase the impact of open education on teaching and learning worldwide. This year, Open Education will take place from March 2-6, 2020. On Wednesday, March 4, 2020, we welcome members of the KPU community and guests from other post-secondary institutions and system partners to join us at the KPU Richmond campus for a special event. The event will include a keynote presentation by Dr. Karen Cangialosi (Professor of Biology and Open Education Faculty Fellow, Keene State College, New Hampshire, USA), lightning talks by open education champions at KPU, workshops on topics ranging from Creative Commons licensing to Open Pedagogy, and hands-on training for a range of open educational technology tools such as Pressbooks and Hypothes.is.

Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Time: 9:00am-3:00pm
Place: KPU Richmond, Wilson 4900
Cost: Free! Registration required

Blogging, Portfolios, and more! Getting Started with Wordpress

Wordpress is an open-source platform that powers a quarter of all websites. It is especially popular as a platform for blogging, including by students as part of their coursework. This workshop will introduce you to Wordpress and its potential applications within education, with a particular focus on its use for student blogging assignments and e-portfolios. You will learn how to set up and customize a course blogging site powered by Wordpress. You will also learn about SPLOTs, privacy-conscious tools which makes student blogging within Wordpress easy and accessible; http://splot.ca/

Date: Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Time: 11:30am-1:00pm
Place: KPU Surrey, A2410
Cost: Free! Registration required

OER for Trades Summit 2020

A one-day event that showcases how OER can make a positive impact on teaching in the Trades. The event will include a keynote address that features trades faculty actively developing and using OER in their classroom, sessions about Licensing, Pressbooks, and Copyright, and a workshop designed and delivered by trades faculty and BCcampus experts to introduce and ‘get your hands dirty’ with H5P technology.

Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Time: 7:30am-2:00pm
Place: KPU Tech, Boardroom
Cost: Free!

Open Education Research Institute

The Open Education Research Institute (OERI) is an opportunity for new and emerging researchers interested in open educational practices to deepen their knowledge and sharpen their skill set while connecting with other researchers and joining a Provincial mentorship network. The one-day institute will begin with an overview of existing research on open educational practices, including a special focus on research conducted in or by researchers in British Columbia. Participants will learn about different theoretical and methodological frameworks for research in open education and receive guidance on practical issues such as preparing applications for ethical review of their research projects and publishing their work in open access journals or repositories. Participants will work in affinity groups to draft and revise their research questions and be paired with an experienced researcher, who will serve as their mentor for the following year.

Date: Thursday, May 14, 2020
Time: 8:30am-4:30pm
Place: KPU Richmond, Wilson 4900
Cost: Free! Registration required

Past Events

Introduction to Open Pedagogy

Open Pedagogy may be understood as an access-oriented commitment to learner-driven education and 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. In practice, open pedagogy can involve creating, adapting, or updating open educational resources with students, building course policies, outcomes, assignments, rubrics, and schedules of work collaboratively with students, or facilitating student-created and student-controlled learning environments. This session will introduce principles of open pedagogy, showcase examples of innovative applications at KPU, and equip you with resources and mentorship to support further experimentation. 

Date: January 16, 2020
Time: 10:30pm-12:00pm
Place: KPU Surrey, A2410
Cost: Free! Registration required

Building Interactive Content with H5P

H5P technology makes it possible to integrate interactive pedagogical elements into KPU moodle courses, webpages, and open textbooks. H5P applications include formative quizzes (with immediate feedback), timelines, slide decks, images with clickable hotspots, and interactive videos; see: https://h5p.org/content-types-and-applications. This workshop will introduce you to a range of H5P applications that are commonly used to support teaching and learning. During the workshop you will build some H5P content that you can reuse in your Moodle courses and open textbooks.

Date: December 5, 2019
Place: Online, Self-Paced
Cost: Free! Enrol in this workshop

Blogging, Portfolios, and more! Getting Started with Wordpress

Wordpress is an open-source platform that powers a quarter of all websites. It is especially popular as a platform for blogging, including by students as part of their coursework. This workshop will introduce you to Wordpress and its potential applications within education, with a particular focus on its use for student blogging assignments and e-portfolios. You will learn how to set up and customize a course blogging site powered by Wordpress. You will also learn about SPLOTs, privacy-conscious tools which makes student blogging within Wordpress easy and accessible; http://splot.ca/

Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Time: 11:30am-1:00pm
Place: KPU Surrey, A2410
Cost: Free! Registration required

The Power of Collaborative Digital Annotation: Using Hypothes.is for Teaching & Learning

Hypothes.is (https://hypothes.is/) is an open source plugin for your browser that makes it possible to easily annotate any webpage, online document, or open textbook. This hands-on workshop will introduce you to this powerful tool, showcase examples of its use in higher education, and equip you to effectively use Hypothes.is for teaching and learning, such as by having your students annotate assigned readings.

Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Time: 11:30am-12:30pm
Place: KPU Surrey, A2410
Cost: Free! Registration required

Can we Decolonize Open? An Open Access Week Event at KPU Richmond

Join Langara, Kwantlen, BCIT, SFU, and UBC for an exciting half-day celebration of Open Access Week (Oct 21-27, 2019). This year’s theme from SPARC is Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge. Our keynote speaker, Jessie Loyer, will explore this question alongside participants through the lens of decolonization. The conversation will continue with local panelists engaged in open knowledge work.

Light refreshments will be served courtesy of our partner BCcampus. All are welcome.

Date: Tuesday, October 22 2019
Time: 12:30pm-1pm (check-in); 1pm-4pm (program)
Place: KPU Richmond, Wilson School of Design, Room 4900
Cost: Free! Registration required

Introduction to Open Science & Open Access

Kicking off Open Access Week 2019, join us for a presentation about Open Science and Open Access. Learn about the benefits of open science practices such as pre-registering your hypotheses and sharing your data and research materials in open repositories. We will discuss the academic publishing process, sharing your pre- and postprints, and resources and other supports available to you at KPU, such as our institutional repository KORA. The talk will focus on practical steps that (student) researchers can take at KPU that will help make their work more visible, transparent, and rigorous.

Date: Monday, October 21, 2019
Time: 7:00-8:30 pm
Place: KPU Surrey, Conference Centre, Cedar 1205C

All are welcome!

Open Pedagogy Learning Community (Fall 2019)

In partnership with Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire, we are offering an inter-institutional and virtual set of discussions focused on different aspects of Open Pedagogy. The OPLC will meet biweekly on Mondays at 1:30pm Pacific Time (4:30pm Eastern Time) on the following dates: October 7, October 21, November 4, November 18, December 2, & December 16. The OPLC will be co-facilitated by Karen Cangialosi (Professor of Biology, Open Education Faculty Fellow, Keene State College) and Rajiv Jhangiani (Associate Vice Provost, Open Education, Kwantlen Polytechnic University) and will be limited to 10 participants from each institution. Participants are expected to attend all of the sessions.

For more information visit: https://www.kpu.ca/open/oplc