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Open Education Research Institute 2021

Dates: Monday, May 3 | Wednesday, May 5 | Friday, May 7

Time: 9am – 12pm (PST)

Program Description: As open education initiatives mature, it is imperative to investigate their impacts whether it be to advocate for institutional support or to iterate, innovate and further advance the goal of equitable access. For this reason, open education research is becoming an important facet within a healthy and thriving open ecosystem. This three-day Open Education Research Institute (OERI) provides an opportunity for new and emerging researchers interested in open educational practices to deepen their knowledge and sharpen their skillset while connecting with other researchers and joining a BC-wide mentorship network 

Learning Outcomes 

Participants will:

  • receive an overview of existing research on open educational practices, including a special focus on research conducted by researchers in British Columbia
  • learn about different theoretical and methodological frameworks for research in open education
  • receive guidance on practical issues such as preparing applications for ethical review of research projects and publishing work in open access journals or repositories
  • work in affinity groups to draft and revise their research questions and be paired with an experienced researcher, who will serve as a mentor for the following year


15 Instructors; Workshop facilitators and plenary speakers will have expertise and experience in designing and implementing, interpreting and sharing open education research.

35 Learners; Consider registering if you have experience with open implementing pedagogical practices and an emerging interest in evaluating your initiatives.

Format: Each day will start with plenary sessions and will set the tone for workshopping in affinity groups. Participants will work in affinity groups (based on whether they were interested in research on OER, Open Pedagogy, or other topics) to draft and revise research questions and be paired with an experienced researcher, who will serve as their mentor for the following year.

The OERI is jointly funded by KPU's Office of Open Education and BCcampus. While there will be no cost to register for the event, registration is required for planning and logistics.


To maintain a fruitful experience for participants, registration is limited. Please register here. 


The full program will be published in April 2021. 


For questions, please contact Rajiv Jhangiani and Urooj Nizami at