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.
The OERI is jointly funded by KPU Open Education and BCcampus. While there will be no cost to register for the event, registration is required to plan for catering and other logistics. The OERI has deliberately been scheduled to take place the day after the Festival of Learning to make it easier for those travelling to the Lower Mainland for that event to participate in the institute.
Date: May 2021 (TBD)