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Open Scholarship in Practice Events

Open Scholarship in Practice

Join us for a week of webinars and workshops exploring the practice of open scholarship — from new tools that can increase the reproducibility of research, to new pedagogies that become possible when students and faculty members become co-creators engaged in meaningful, generative knowledge creation. Hear from UBC colleagues who are incorporating “openness” in innovative ways to enhance teaching, research, and public impact.


Working in Public: Generosity and the Knowledge Commons

Date: Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Time: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Location: This event is online. Registrants receive the link 24 hours before the event.

Featured Keynote: Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Digital Humanities and Professor of English Michigan State University

Working in public, and with the public, can enable scholars to build vital, sustainable research communities, both within their fields, with other scholars in different fields, and with folks off-campus who care about the kinds of work that we do. By finding ways to connect with a broad range of publics, in a range of different registers, and in ways that allow for meaningful response, we can create the possibilities for far more substantial public participation in and engagement with the humanities, and with the academy more broadly. This talk explores the ideas in Professor Fitzpatrick’s influential book, Generous Thinking, and will focus on the challenges posed by working in public and the skills required to develop more publicly engaged scholarship.

Co-sponsored by the UBC Library and the UBC Public Humanities Hub.

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Building a Foundation: Open Research Data as a Pillar of Open Science

Date: Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: This event is online. Registrants receive the link 24 hours before the event.

This session will provide an introduction to Open Research Data (ORD) in the sciences. You will learn about the importance of ORD to the unfolding Open Science movement; the benefits ORD can bring to you, science, and society; and the cultural challenges we face in translating vision into practice. If you are interested in taking the first steps to make your data open, we will provide you with a toolkit to get started!

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Emerging Perspectives in Open Access Book Publishing

Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Location: This event is online. Registrants receive the link 24 hours before the event.

Open Access monograph publishing is a rapidly expanding and evolving strategy for making scholarly work globally accessible. Universities, academic publishers, libraries, and scholarly organizations are developing new initiatives, partnerships, services, and business models to support open access options for authors of scholarly monographs, textbooks, and academic books. This event will explore the opportunities, challenges, and experiences of OA book publishing from the perspective of authors, series editors and publishers. You are invited to join a panel discussion of UBC faculty and publishers that will address their motivations for “going open”, as well as the processes, impacts, and changes that OA is bringing to academic book publishing.

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Publishing As Open Pedagogy: OJS & Pressbooks

Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: This event is online. Registrants receive the link 24 hours before the event.

As open education continues to gain traction in higher education, many are looking for ways to expand their integration of open approaches beyond merely the inclusion of open materials. Open publishing is beginning to emerge as one pathway towards greater engagement in openness in the classroom. This panel will introduce participants to five people working in various capacities to support student publishing through Open Journal Systems and PressBooks, two open source publishing platforms that allow for open dissemination of student-created, instructor-supported content.

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From Project Plan to Release – Publishing an Open Text

Date: Thursday, November 5, 2020
Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Location: This event is online. Registrants receive the link 24 hours before the event.

As more faculty engage in the development of open educational resources (OERs), the publishing of open texts has increased. Open textbook collections are growing and the opportunity to engage in developing this content is becoming more accessible to faculty interested in educational publishing.  But with these new opportunities comes a need to better understand: how you go from a plan to a fully published open text?

This webinar provides a phased approach to publishing an open text. The session will cover:

  • Determining the Project Scope and developing a plan,
  • Developing an Accessibility, Diversity, and Inclusion Plan,
  • Developing a text outline, design and style guide,
  • Developing a release plan and peer review process, and;
  • Developing a post-release plan, including collection of impact data.

This session will also provide you with templates and guides for your text project, in addition to outlining the supports and services available at UBC.

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Publishing an Open Text with Pressbooks – The Basics

Date: Thursday, November 5, 2020
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: This event is online. Registrants receive the link 24 hours before the event.

Pressbooks is a powerful and popular tool for creating open educational resources such as textbooks. Whether you are looking for training for yourself or your research assistants, this training will cover the basics of how to use Pressbooks to create and enhance content. By the end of this session participants will be familiar with:

  • Pressbook layouts and organization
  • Developing and structuring chapters and parts
  • Embedding content, including images, videos, and other media materials

BCcampus Open Education has created a self-serve instance of Pressbooks. This is available for instructors and staff from post-secondary institutions in British Columbia and the Yukon. Create an account at: https://pressbooks.bccampus.ca/

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Building Digital Exhibits with Wax

Date: Friday, November 6, 2020
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Location: This event is online. Registrants receive the link 24 hours before the event.

This workshop will introduce Wax, a tool for creating minimal Digital Exhibits without complex infrastructure.

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Open Education Impact Report

Open Education Impact Report September 2019 – April 2020


Recently the Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office released an open education impact report showcasing some of the year’s highlights and accomplishments.

For more information, or to share feedback please contact scholarly.communications@ubc.ca

Read the Report

Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office Impact Report 2019/2019



Recently the Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office released its 2018/2019 Impact and Activity Report, showcasing some of the year’s highlights and accomplishments.

For more information, or to share feedback please contact scholarly.communications@ubc.ca

Read the Report.

Program for Open Scholarship and Education (POSE)

Program for Open Scholarship and Education (POSE)

The Program for Open Scholarship and Education (POSE) is a new one-year flexible and blended program jointly presented by the UBC Open Working Group, the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology and UBC Library. The program will help you develop foundational knowledge of Open Scholarship, Open Education and Open Research. By completing this program you will gain the tools and strategies to become proficient in supporting and advocating for open practices. The program is intended for faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students with an interest in open research, open access, open data and open education. We also invite non-UBC faculty, staff, and students at the post-secondary level to join the conversation. Depending on the program pathway that you select, you can learn about:

  • Open Education
  • Open Access
  • Open Research

Program Learning Objectives

General program outcomes for the POSE:

  • Develop an understanding of open scholarship in higher education and the intersections of each area: open access, education, data, and research
  • Develop strategies to address potential risks and challenges when planning to engage in open practices
  • Be prepared to support and develop open education, open access or open research projects
  • Create an open project with the support of UBC experts and receive feedback from peers

Program Format

To support participant flexibility, the program is composed of online self-paced modules that you can complete throughout the year. You are also required to participate in 3 online synchronous sessions during the program. Upon completion, you will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Key Dates

  • August 19: 1-2:30 pm: Kick-Off Session
  • December 7, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Midpoint Session
  • April 19, 12-1:30 pm – Wrap-up Session

Time Commitment

This program is designed to take no more than 3 hours per month including synchronous workshops, online modules, and activities. The program should take approximately 21 hours to complete.

Registration Information

To register for the POSE program, please complete the registration form . We will get back to you with information about the next steps. We are looking forward to learning and working with you to further open education and research at the University of British Columbia.

Open UBC Webinar Series



Open UBC is developing a series of workshops on various aspects of Open Scholarship in the upcoming months.

Three webinars are currently scheduled (see details below) and as more become available they will be posted on the UBC-Vancouver Library’s event calendar.

These workshops are open to all students, staff and faculty.

Moving your Open Educational Resource Project Forward
• Date: Tuesday, April 28, 2020
• Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm
• Register: https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/event/3546921

Finding, Using, and Remixing Open Resources For Your Courses
• Date: Monday, May 4, 2020
• Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm
• Register: https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/event/3546821

Copyright and Licensing for Open Educational Resources

• Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2020
• Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm
• Register: https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/event/3546822

Discoverability and Sharing Open Educational Resource
• Date: Tuesday, June 9, 2020
• Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm
• Register: https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/event/3546823

Open Pedagogy with Omeka: Creating Digital Exhibits
• Date: Tuesday, June 23, 2020
• Time: 11:00am – 12:oopm
• Registration: https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/event/3546840

Open Education: Transforming Practice through Innovative Classroom Projects

Event Date

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 – 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location

CapU Lonsdale, North Vancouver – Room 222 (A/B)

Registration

Register for this event.

Details

Organized by the BC Open Education Librarians (BCOEL) group with sponsorship from BCcampus, British Columbia Institute of Technology, Capilano University, Langara College, Simon Fraser University, and the University of British Columbia.

Save the date! On March 3rd, please join us for this Open Education Week event showcasing the impact of open educational resources, tools and practices on teaching and learning in some of BC’s post-secondary institutions. This event will feature a series of brief talks by practitioners about innovative and open projects underway at a range of local institutions. Attendees can also choose to sign up to briefly speak about an open education project or initiative from their own practice. We will be streaming the event online at this link.

Featured speakers include: Tim Carson (BCcampus), Agnes d’Entremont (UBC), Chad Flinn (BCIT), Laurie Prange-Martin (Capilano), Julian Prior (Langara), Arleigh Reichl (Kwantlen) and Kate Shuttleworth (SFU).

Open Education Week (March 2-6, 2020) is an annual, global event that aims to “raise awareness and showcase the impact of open education on teaching and learning worldwide.”

New Scholarly Publication Fund

UBC faculty authors are invited to apply to the new UBC Scholarly Publication Fund. The fund is designed to assist with the costs of book or journal publishing in Social Sciences and Humanities Research (SSHRC)-aligned fields. Faculty from any discipline may apply but publications must be directly aligned with SSHRC’s General Guidelines for Eligibility of Subject Matter for SSHRC and Eligibility of Applications Related to Health. The fund is intended to overcome challenges faced most acutely by early-career faculty and can be used towards publisher subventions and other costs such as indexing, images or copyrighted materials.

The first deadline to apply is October 15. The fund is  a three-year pilot program and approximately $75,000 is available annually. For full details of the fund, including how to apply visit: https://scholcomm.ubc.ca/ubc-scholarly-publication-subvention-fund/

Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office Impact Report 2018/19




Recently the Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office released its 2018/2019 Impact and Activity Report, showcasing some of the year’s highlights and accomplishments.

For more information, or to share feedback please contact scholarly.communications@ubc.ca

Read the Report.