Open Pedagogy Workshop for Open Access Week 2016

November 19, 2016

These workshop slides on open pedagogy and open science are openly-licensed as CC BY 4.0. Download the slides here. For the mind does not require filling like a bottle, but rather, like wood, it only requires kindling to create in it an impulse to think independently and an ardent desire for the truth. ~Plutarch?  In my […]

Faculty Interviews: Learning Design and Innovation

October 3, 2016

Instructors reflect on what it means to be an educator at UBC, and how they have been able to innovate and design good learning environments both inside and outside of the classroom.

Announcing FieldPress an OER plugin for WordPress

July 8, 2016

Today, we are excited to announce the beta release of a WordPress plugin that we have been developing for the last six months! FieldPress is a WordPress plugin that allows instructors to create and manage field trips online. This plugin provides instructors with a user-friendly environment to build field trips, add multimedia content, create assessments and manage students activity. FieldPress is an […]

How Flexible is Flexible Learning?

July 4, 2016

Flexible learning encompasses a wide variety of teaching philosophies and strategies centred on providing students with more responsibility, opportunity and choice in how, what, where and when they learn (Collis and Moonen, 2011; Arfield et al., 2013). As geographers, we were naturally curious about the where and when aspects of flexible learning, but found that both of these […]

Open Educational Resources for GIScience

June 30, 2016

At the 2016 Festival of Learning, Arthur Gill Green and Elissa Liu presented their work developing OER QGIS modules for students learning Geographic Information Science (GIScience). The presentation can be found below with links to the first of three modules for learning QGIS. We will be releasing all of these modules in July 2016. We welcome […]

The Why, When, and Where of Virtual Reality in Education

The Why, When, and Where of Virtual Reality in Education At the 2016 Festival of Learning, we presented some of our ongoing work on virtual and augmented reality open educational resources for teaching and learning geography. The slides and a description of our session are available below. We proposed a conceptual framework for understanding the […]

Best Practices for Developing OER Ancillary Resources for Open Textbooks

What are the best practices for developing OER ancillary materials? And does a lack of ancillary resources impact open textbook adoption?  At the 2016 Festival of Learning, the BCcampus Open Education Faculty Fellows came together to compare notes on this topic. Our own Arthur Gill Green (UBC), Jennifer Kirkey (Douglas College) and Rod Lidstone (Camouson College) […]

Annotated Bibliography 6: Open Science

June 1, 2016

This annotated bibliography summarizes a number of key readings related to open science with particular attention to readings relevant to geography and environmental studies. It includes a timeline that cites pivotal moments in the development of open science.

Upcoming free workshops on open science and virtual reality field trips

April 21, 2016

We are offering two free workshops on 2-3 May 2016 in collaboration with UBC’s Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology:   The Pedagogy of Open Science: The ‘Open Turn’ and Research, Teaching, and Learning The open science movement responds to an urgent need to rethink the production and dissemination of scientific research in contemporary society. Open […]

Virtual and Augmented Reality Technology-Assisted Field Trips: Student-Based Approaches to Using New Technologies

April 19, 2016

In many academic fields, particularly geography, the experiential learning opportunities afforded by field trips have long been recognized as an important part of the curriculum (Orion, 1993; Scare, 1997). The hands-on experience students gain applying concepts and building new skills such as teamwork, decision-making and data collection and analysis are nearly impossible to replicate in […]