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Hub Special Edition Newsletter

Open Education Week 2020 in the Hub
March 2nd to March 6th, 2020
This year marks the seventh annual Open Education Week, a worldwide event intended to raise awareness of Open Education and to celebrate the positive impact of open educational practices around the world.

In this special edition of the Hub’s newsletter, members of the Teaching and Learning Innovation Hub have pointed you to noteworthy events, developments, and information to help you learn more about Open Education, Open Educational Resources (OER), and how you can get involved.

Learn more about all of the Open Education week events.
View the Hub's Open Education Week 2020 Poster
Open Education on the Hub Website
Introduction to Open Educational Resources - Jenni Hayman,
Meghan Corcoran, and Marnie Seal (6:11 mins)
Glossary of Terms
Open Education 
Open Education Global defines Open Education as encompassing the “resources, tools, and practices that employ a framework of open sharing to improve educational access and effectiveness worldwide” (source). 
Open Educational Resources (OER)
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) defines Open Educational Resources (OER) as “learning, teaching, and research materials in any format and medium that reside in the public domain or are under copyright that have been released under an open license, that permit no-cost access, re-use, repurpose, adaptation and redistribution by others” (source).
Creative Commons Licenses
Creative Commons describes their licenses as tools that “give everyone from individual creators to large companies and institutions a simple, standardized way to grant copyright permissions to their creative work. The combination of [their] tools and [their] users is a vast and growing digital commons, a pool of content that can be copied, distributed, edited, remixed, and built upon, all within the boundaries of copyright law” (source). 
Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are courses that take place over a set time frame, studied within a cohort, that are freely open to all (OpenLearn, n.d.). 
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
In 2015, all United Nations Member States adopted a universal call to action to “end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030. There are 17 overarching and interrelated goals. SDG Goal #4 calls for access to inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all, and is therefore closely connected to the global Open Education movement (source). 
Upcoming Learning Opportunities 
Open Education Week always includes an array of interesting and informative learning events. Here is a summary of a few events that are happening this week. 
 
Webinars
OE Fellows Open Ed Week Kick-off
Monday, March 2 at 12:30pm
Facilitators: Marnie Seal, Tricia Bonner, William Ju, Xinli Wang, Krista McCracken

Kick off Open Ed week by joining the 2019-20 cohort of OE Fellows in this community conversation and blended webinar format. Learn more about their experience acting as open ed ambassadors on campus, and learn all about their final projects and contributions to the field of open education as they wrap up the year. Watch a series of short videos, created by each OE Fellow in advance of the webinar and come with all of your questions.
 
Introduction to Open Educational Resources
Tuesday, March 3 at 2:00pm
Facilitators: Jennifer Englund, Annette McNamara 

This 30 minute webinar will introduce participants to what OER are, why they are necessary, and where to locate them online. The facilitators will also showcase several OER projects from the University of Minnesota. 
 
From Identifying, to Adapting, to Authoring OER: Copyright Law and Creative Commons Licenses
Tuesday, March 3 at 4:00pm
Facilitator: Meredith Jacob

This webinar will cover questions about copyright and open licensing that come up in three different stages of engagement with OER. 
 
Open Education Week at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)
Wednesday, March 4 at 12:00pm
Facilitators:  Rajiv Jhangiani, Karen Cangialosi

KPU is one of Canada’s leaders when it comes to OER adoption, advocacy, and practices. They are holding a local event which includes a keynote presentation, lightning talks, and workshops.
 
Videos
About OER Commons - by Marnie Seal (1:11 mins)
Screenshot of Open Stax website
About Open Stax - by Marnie Seal (1:44 mins) 
Screenshot of YouTube CC licensed video list
Finding CC Licensed Videos on YouTube - by Marnie Seal (1:10 mins)
More Videos

Course-Based Learning Opportunities
Open Education

OpenLearn offers a free MOOC titled Open Education, which takes participants through the basics of open education, including OER, open licenses, open courses (MOOCs), pedagogy for open education, and literacies and technology for openness. You can choose to do a little or a lot of the course, for free, at your own pace.
 
Ontario Extend

This self-directed learning program introduces learners to the six key attributes of an Empowered Educator. Each module focuses on one particular characteristic, exploring the “skills, knowledge, and attributes required to extend and transform our teaching and learning practices and to enrich our professional development” (Ontario Extend, n.d.).
OER Adopters at Cambrian College
A hand reaching into a computer monitor pulling out a book from a book shelf
Faculty Testimonials

Faculty at Cambrian have been incorporating openly licensed textbooks (OER) into their teaching practices. Read on for a few testimonials. 
Are YOU an OER Adopter?

Have you adopted an OER? If so, we’re very interested in hearing about your experience. Please consider completing a brief adoption survey. You’ll earn a shiny new button, and you’ll help us get a better sense of who is using OER at Cambrian, and how the Hub and Library teams can better support you.
 
Complete a Short Survey About Your OER Adoption
Where to Find OER
Screenshot of the College Libraries Ontario OER Toolkit website. Click the link in the text to view the website.
If you’re interested in finding openly licensed resources for teaching and/or student support needs, a great place to start would be the College Libraries Ontario OER Toolkit. This toolkit provides information and tools to help faculty and academic support staff understand, engage with, and sustain OER in their work and practices. 

If you’re looking for more individualized support, Marnie Seal and Jessica O’Reilly will be available in the Hub on Friday, March 6 from 9am to 11am for an Open Educational Resource Grab and Book Fair. They’ll help you search multiple databases to find OER for your specific context and needs. 
A Student Perspective
"Four Reasons Why I Love OER" by Danielle Provencher

#1. It makes school much more affordable.
 
#2. It encourages me to enrol in OER-related courses and participate.
 

#3. It gives me certainty for my future.
 

#4. I feel I am learning much more.
 
Read More
Suggestions for May / June PD
Soon the Hub team will begin to plan the many learning events available to you in May and June. We would love to hear your suggestions for presentations, workshops, webinars, casual conversations, book clubs, development sprints, and anything else that you can think of - whether related to Open Education or not. Please submit your ideas using the link below, or contact a Hub team member. 
 
Suggest a Session for May / June PD
Global Spotlight: Open Education for a Better World
Open Education for a Better World
Open Education for a Better World is a “tuition free international online mentoring programming [intended to] unlock the potential of open education in achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals” (source).

In the three years since its founding, the initiative has supported 125 OER development projects in 35 countries. Each project includes and addresses at least one of UNESCO’s Sustainable Development Goals. This programme is an excellent example of the power of Open Education to connect people from around the world in the shared goal of creating high-quality learning opportunities for everyone. (Image Source)
Some projects of interest to Cambrian educators may include: 
You can explore all of the projects completed so far by clicking here
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