BCcampus’ 2020 Open Education Foundation Grant for Institutions

UBC Okanagan to receive one of BCcampus’ 2020 Open Education Foundation Grant for Institutions!

The pivot to remote and online learning due to COVID-19 has highlighted the urgency to further open educational practices at our university.  Greater engagement with open educational resources is an important step in providing all students with equitable access to learning materials while providing faculty with customizable resources for their classroom.

The BCcampus Open Education Foundation Grant for Institutions, which will be matched with funds from the Provost office, will greatly support our work to build awareness, grow community, and increase advocacy of open education on our campus. The 2020/2021 funding will be used to implement open education initiatives including: programs, activities, and events that support advocacy and awareness of open education practices and open educational resources.  The funding will also establish a pilot institutional grant program for instructors to adapt or create open educational resources for their courses. This project will be led by Donna Langille, Community Engagement Librarian, with support from the Open Education Working Group. Stay tuned for more information about the pilot Open Educational Resources (OER) Grant program!

Please take the Open Educational Resources Survey!

As of March 2020, the Provost at UBC Okanagan has formalized an Open Education Working Group with cross-campus representation including students, librarians, bookstore representatives, administrators, and the Centre for Teaching and Learning. Expanding on the incredible advocacy of the Student’s Union of UBCO, the working group is engaging in an environmental scan of open educational practices at UBCO to better understand faculty engagement, experiences, and needs.

Please fill out this 15 minute survey (external link) from the Open Education Working Group to help inform programming, policy, and other Open initiatives.

If you have any questions related to the survey, please contact Donna Langille.