[Open-education] Fwd: OER in Action Gathering, Maskwacis, Dec 6-7

rory rory at athabascau.ca
Fri Nov 25 00:11:05 UTC 2016

Hi Everyone,

Below is the agenda for the Open Education in Action Gathering, Dec 6-7 at Maskwacis Cultural College. The committee invested quite a bit of PD funding from the First Nations College fund to support this event and Manisha (as always!) has pulled together an excellent plan.

Thank you so much.  Registration list is enclosed.

The final agenda is as follows:


Open Education in Action Gathering

Yohtênikâtêw Kiskêyihtamâwin Kikâ Waskawîhtâhk

Open Educational Resources (OER) are educational materials that are freely available and can be legally used and modified by anyone. Properly leveraged, OER can help everyone in the world access free, high quality, learning materials. OER can help colleges, universities, literacy organizations, First Nations and governments meet the aims set out in the United Nations. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially with regard to SDG4: ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education, and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all. This gathering will focus on different elements of open education - open courses, instructional design, open textbooks, where to store adapted and curated OERs, assessments, open licenses, and actions institutions and governments may take to support open education in their organizations.

Open Educational Practices are designed to broaden access and eliminate barriers to learning. They include the creation and adoption of open educational resources, open course development, and open pedagogy. Please join us for the Open Education in Action conference on Tuesday, December 6th and Wednesday, December 7th at the Maskwacis Cultural College. The theme of the conference gathering is “Using Open Educational Practices and Resources in our institutions” and includes a series of presentations about:

·         Personal communications OER

·         Supports for OE adoption such as Library webinars and tutorials

·         OERs for modern language instruction

·         Institutional repositories: Open archives for research and learning

·         Open journal hosting

·         Book publishing programs

·         Open Education Practices at Post Secondary Educational Institutions

·         OER and the future of education

·         Champions toolkit

These presentations will make a case for why the move away from traditional (closed) practices is not only desirable but inevitable and how students, faculty, institutions, and our communities all stand to benefit greatly from this transformation. We believe that learning is social -- learning revolves around collaboration and connection -- it is about bringing people together and sharing with one another. Because we value shared learning experiences so much, we want to provide an opportunity for you and your colleagues to participate in our upcoming Open Education in Action conference as a team!

This conference gathering is brought to you in partnership with Ministry of Advanced Education-Government of Alberta, Alberta Open Education Initiative (ABOER), Maskwacis Cultural College, Olds College, Athabasca University, University of Lethbridge, University of Alberta, Mount Royal University, and University of Victoria.

Open Education in Action Gathering
The theme of the gathering is “Using Open Educational Practices (OEP) and Resources (OER) in our institutions”

Location: Maskwacis Cultural College

Two days: December 6 and 7, 2016  (Tuesday and Wednesday)

Prior knowledge for participants: Read ABOER starter kit in particular how to find OERs, file formats and Creative Commons licensing


December 6, Tuesday

10-11:30 am: OER Development at Olds College
This session will examine the planning, development, and implementation of a Professional Communication OER at Olds College. We will share the details of each of these stages, lessons learned, things we could improve upon moving forward, and instructional design strategies.


Gordon Gilchrist, Director, Educational Technology & Curriculum (ETC), Olds College, Olds AB

Gordon leads in the pedagogically appropriate integration of educational technology and curriculum processes at Olds College. He also manages external curriculum development projects.

Andrea Mix, Training & Development Systems Analyst, Educational Technology and Curriculum (ETC), Olds College, Olds AB

Along with facilitating the Instructor Skill Workshop Series and the Mentorship Program, Andrea also assist with competency profile and course development, and Moodle and Google technical support and training. She recently became a Google Certified Educator and Trainer.

Stacey Layden, Desktop Publisher, Educational Technology and Curriculum (ETC), Olds College, Olds AB

Stacey collaborates with instructors and instructional designers to build and maintain print and online learning materials; as well, she provides technical support and training for Moodle. She also manages projects to ensure learning materials are copyright compliant.

11:30 - 12 pm: Participant introductions and show and tells

12 - 1 pm:        Lunch and networking

1-2 pm:           OER and AU Library Webinars and Tutorials

As an academic library serving a distance-education institution, Athabasca University Library relies upon webinars and web-based tutorials to help meet the information literacy needs of our students, faculty, and staff. This session will focus on the combination of proprietary and free / open access tools and resources that AU Librarians and Library staff use to build webinars and tutorials, as well as the licensing and access aspects of hosting these learning objects on our website.

Presenter: Jennifer Rempel is the Information Literacy and Resource Access Librarian at Athabasca University Library. She holds a Master's in Library and Information Studies from the University of British Columbia. She took up her current position at AU Library in July 2015, after having worked at Selkirk College Library in Castlegar, BC; the Geoffrey R. Weller Library at the University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, BC; and as Public Services Librarian at Nazarbayev University Library in Astana, Kazakhstan.

2-2:15 pm:      Break and visit the information tables

2.15-3 pm:      OER for modern language instruction: useful repositories, materials and online tools in the context of teaching German, ESL/ EAP, and Mandarin Chinese by University of Lethbridge

Requirements: All participants are encouraged to bring Wifi-ready device to do hands-on activities throughout the workshop.

Learning Objectives:

The presentation will allow participants to:

·         Familiarize themselves with some major OER repositories/ specialized OER search engines and OER directory sites for language teaching and evaluate them for their own teaching contexts

·         Understand how open licensing works to adapt OER language teaching materials to individual teaching circumstances

·         Assess freely available online tools for the purposes of feedback and self-evaluation in language classes

·         Explore the potential of transferring international language learning techniques to indigenous langauges

Presenter Jördis Weilandt: My fascination for languages has been a driving force behind my own language learning and my teaching of German, English and Mandarin. Being a language learner and teacher, I often experience what it takes to stay engaged with a subject matter and to regulate one's own language learning progress. Here effective feedback and self-evaluation mechanisms come into play as crucial elements.

Currently, I am working as an educational assistant for the Teaching Centre at the University of Lethbridge. I am also an affiliate teacher trainer of the Montréal/ New York Goethe-Institutes through which I get enjoy the exchange with other professionals in the field of modern language teaching/ education. I embrace an open culture in the sharing of expertise and resources.

3-4 pm:           Lyryx Learning – A Sustainable Model for Open Educational Resources (OER)

Many of the challenges associated with OER can limit its adoption amongst higher education institutions. Lyryx Learning has developed quality OER that are fully adaptable for instructors, affordable for students and accessible to all. This presentation will focus on how Lyryx implemented a sustainable model to support Instructors with adopting OER for their courses.
Stephanie Keyowski is the Managing Editor at Lyryx Learning. She holds a B.Sc. In Pure Mathematics in addition to a B.Ed. In Secondary Mathematics. Spending two years teaching Junior High Mathematics in Calgary, she quickly came to appreciate the benefits of open pedagogy and open educational resources in developing personalized education for students. In her current role she supports instructors and students through developing, customizing, and maintaining OER in mathematics, economics, and business math.
Tamsyn Murnaghan is the Director of Client Services for Lyryx Learning. She holds a B.Mgt in General Management and a M.A. in Leadership. Working with Lyryx for the past nine years has permitted her to witness the uprising of open educational resources in higher education and garner an understanding of what is required to perpetuate this movement. She has also taught at the post-secondary level and recognizes the need for additional support when adopting OER.
Larissa Stone is a Marketing Specialist at Lyryx Learning. She focuses on sharing the Lyryx message to Instructors that will benefit from a sustainable OER model. Larissa believes that social interaction and online outlets will aid the conversation of awareness towards OER in order to advance the way students learn. She supports how Lyryx spreads their brand across Canada and the United States. Larissa has obtained a BFA, a marketing certificate and an array of business courses. She continues to advance her professional development through coaches, seminars and training.

4 - 5 pm:  e-Channel, an Ontario Adult Online Learning Program
This session will provide an overview of Ontario’s online adult basic skills program called e-Channel. You’ll learn about how it is delivered, its providers, and ways it makes a difference to learners.

Presenter Bio:  Sarah Stocker, Contact North | Contact Nord’s Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) e-Channel Coordinator has worked with Contact North since 2007 to support online learning and LBS programming.

Sarah first worked in LBS in the Niin Sakaan program with the Sault Ste. Marie Indian Friendship Centre following her family’s move from northern British Columbia where she had worked at Northern Lights College as the Fort Nelson Campus Literacy Project Coordinator and within the Adult Basic Education Program.

Sarah holds a B. A. from the University of New Brunswick, Vancouver Community College’s Instructor Diploma with post-secondary specialization, and University of Victoria’s Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education.

Sarah feels honored to work with organizations which support adult learners in LBS, and has been thrilled to help coordinate some of the native language resource  developments that Contact North has posted on its http://e-channel.ca/ site.

December 7, Wednesday

10-11:30 am: OER and the Future of Education

This presentation argues that the world’s knowledge is a public good that should be made available to everyone. The free and open sharing of educational resources can serve to promote the building of knowledge societies and the reduction of the knowledge divide that separates nations, as well as the divide within societies themselves. Open Educational Resources (OER) are becoming more widely available. The ability to reuse OER or repurpose, mix, mash, them without restriction is a major advantage in supporting online collaborations and self-directed learning. The relevance of OER is augmented by the exponential growth in online accessibility internationally.

There are user rights that are relevant in supporting the growth of learning internationally. These rights include the right to use content under licences that favor access over proprietary limitations on any technological platform of the users’ choice. Portability should be paramount. This includes rights to highlight, annotate, print, and share content within the spirit of fair use and copyright. Other rights include the right to receive a file that is not locked or crippled and subject to recall by the publisher; the right to convert files to different formats for use on a variety of devices and computer platforms. An essential right for learning would be that of allowing other users to access content either for shared learning or for future use by additional classes. OER, by definition, fit this description. They have minimal if any restrictions. They are technologically neutral, transmittable on different platforms and when built using commonly accepted or open software conforming to international interoperability standards, can be transported with little effort or concern by the users.

The internet houses the world’s treasure of knowledge. In this context the role of OER in providing learners and teachers with learning content, applications, games etc. is becoming increasingly more relevant. The internet is the world’s intellectual commons and OER renders this knowledge accessible to all. The world’s knowledge is a public good that should be made available to everyone. The free and open sharing of educational resources can serve to promote the building of knowledge societies and the reduction of the knowledge divide that separates nations, as well as the divide within societies themselves

Presenter:  Prof. Rory McGreal is the UNESCO/Commonwealth of Learning/International Council for Open and Distance Education Chair in Open Educational Resources (OER); and Director of the Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute (TEKRI) at Athabasca University. He is also co-Editor of IRRODL (International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning).  He is the founder of the OER Knowledge Cloud, a repository of research articles on OER. Previous positions include Assoc. VP Research, Executive Director of TeleEducation NB, a Canadian province-wide eLearning network and Supervisor at Contact North/Contact Nord in Ontario. He is also the recipient of several national and international awards for open and distance learning.

11:30-1 pm:     Lunch and networking

1-2 pm:            Institutional Repositories: Open Archives for Research and Learning

Institutional repositories (IRs) are open online database archives that aim to share the research and learning outputs of institutions of higher learning. Many kinds of materials can be found in institutional repositories, including learning objects that may be useful as Open Educational Resources. Leah Vanderjagt (University of Alberta) and Inba Kehoe (University of Victoria) will provide an overview of institutional repositories, highlighting content types that might be particularly useful, and explaining how to locate and access institutional repository content.


Leah Vanderjagt is the Digital Repository Services Coordinator at the University of Alberta, where she leads service operations for ERA: Education and Research Archive (https://era.library.ualberta.ca<https://era.library.ualberta.ca/>) and supports service management for ERA A+V (an audiovisual streaming service) and Dataverse (a data archiving service). Leah was also the first manager of the U of A Libraries Open Journal Systems Hosting Service. Leah has been working with repositories for 9 years and is also a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communications.

Inba Kehoe is the Copyright Officer, Scholarly Communication and Research Repository Librarian at the University of Victoria in British Columba. Inba is also the manager of the university’s publishing program, which started in 2007. UVic currently publishes/hosts 31 academic journals created by undergraduate and graduate students, and faculty, as well as Centres and Institutes on campus. Similar to other university libraries, UVic also provides free journal hosting services to Associations and Societies who are looking for an online hosting solution. In 2010, Inba started a pilot program to publish faculty created academic books. The book publishing program is funded through faculty and other grants and made openly accessible on the web. UVic will also be publishing two open textbooks – one a K-12 Science textbook including Indigenous content.

2-3 pm:           Choices and Consequences in Transitioning from Closed to Open Resources       and Courses.
This presentation examines the continuum from closed to open for both open educational resources in general and open courses.  The presentation evaluates what instructional choices are needed to increase openness.  In this regard the presentation will identify not only how to move resources and courses from closed to open, but also any potential negative impacts those decisions raise.


Michael McNally is an Assistant Professor at the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta. His research focuses on intellectual property and its alternatives, user-generated content, broadband policy, and government information policy. He teaches courses on instructional practices in LIS and information polices. He is also a member of the Van Horne Institute’s Centre for Information & Communication.

Erik Christiansen is an Assistant Professor Librarian at Mount Royal University. In addition to supporting various education and research initiatives, Erik has a long-standing interest in technology. Currently, his research interests include open education policies in Canada and mobile web usability for open access catalogues.

3-3:30 pm:      OE student and instructor perspectives panel

3:30-4 pm:      Champion's toolkits by Krysta McNutt, ABOER Wrap-up and baby steps

Register now at: 1-866-585-3925<tel:1-866-585-3925>  or by email:  mkhetarpal at mccedu.ca<https://www.blogger.com/null>

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Faculty of Education, Technologies in Education
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