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Open Education 2019

About open educational resources and open pedagogy

Open educational resources (OER) are gaining momentum in higher education as a means of making learning more affordable and accessible for students and creating new opportunities for instructors to adapt and customize resources for their teaching practice and subject area.

OER include any teaching and learning materials that have been made freely available and are openly licensed with legal permissions to use, adapt, and share their content. Examples include open textbooks, videos, lesson plans, learning modules, full-length courses ... and more! And unlike traditional textbooks, OER can be freely updated and modified by instructors, students and other collaborators as well.

Open pedagogy refers to a set of innovative teaching approaches and practices made possible through the use of OER in the classroom. Through open assignments, technologies and approaches, students can be involved in engaging and meaningful course projects that contribute to public knowledge.

A day devoted to OER and open pedagogy

Are you interested in the potential of OER and open pedagogy to impact teaching and learning, but not sure how to get started?

Join us on Monday, May 27 from 10:00am to 3:00pm in Room 1415 at Harbour Centre (SFU Vancouver) for a keynote, panel discussion, and lightning talks featuring instructors, staff, and students leading open education initiatives and working on OER-related projects here at SFU.

Coffee and lunch provided. All sessions are free and open to all but registration is required


10:00am to 11:00am: Keynote Talk

Speaker: Dr. Juan Pablo Alperin is an Assistant Professor at the School of Publishing at Simon Fraser University, the Associate Director of Research for the Public Knowledge Project, and the co-director of the Scholarly Communications Lab. He is a multi-disciplinary scholar, with training in computer science (BMath, University of Waterloo), social science (MA Geography, University of Waterloo), and education (PhD, Stanford University), who believes that research, especially when it is made freely available, has the potential to make meaningful and direct contributions to society. Dr. Alperin has contributed a combination of conceptual, methodological, and empirical peer-reviewed articles and presentations in leading journals and conferences, as well as edited two volumes on scholarly communication topics.

11:00am to 11:15am: Coffee Break sponsored by BCcampus

11:15am to 12:30pm: Open Education in Action at SFU

Join us for a panel of instructors and students leading OER initiatives here at SFU discussing:
  • Why and how they became interested in OER and open education 
  • What kinds of open education-related projects and/or initiatives they have been working on
  • What kinds of impacts that open educational resources, practices and assignments have in the classroom and beyond

Speakers: Russell Dunsford (SFU Student Society), Anointing Momoh (Master's in Public Policy), Dr. Madeline Knickerbocker (First Nations Studies), Dr. Ela Przybylo (Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies), Prof. Joan Sharp (Biological Sciences), and Naiya Tsang (Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies)

12:30pm to 1:30pm: Lunch Break sponsored by SFU Bookstore, SFU Library and SFU Teaching & Learning Centre

1:30pm to 3:00pm: Open Education Showcase

Join us for a series of lightning talks highlighting the "whys, whats and hows" of open education at SFU and beyond. Learn about a range of approaches, practices and technologies for finding, adopting, creating, publishing, and teaching with OER.

Specific topics include using openly licensed (Creative Commons) materials, publishing with Open Journal Systems (OJS) & Open Monograph Press (OMP), collaborating and annotating with Hypothesis, and finding funding and support for open education projects at SFU and across the province.

Speakers: John Born (SFU Teaching & Learning Centre), Amanda Coolidge (BCcampus), Esteban Morales (ScholCommLab), Hope Power (SFU Library), Kate Shuttleworth (SFU Library) and Jennifer Zerkee (SFU Library)


May 27


10:00am - 3:00pm


Harbour Centre (SFU Vancouver), Room 1415

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Please contact Hope Power ( for more information.