Open Education Week at Ryerson

Open Education Week display at the Ryerson Library
Open Education Week has been busy at Ryerson!

The Learning & Teaching Office hosted a workshop on open textbooks that I was very happy to co-facilitate with members of the Ryerson University Library & Archives, the Chang School’s Digital Education Strategies, the Office of e-Learning, faculty members from the Department of English, and a student from the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing.

The library also set up a table to showcase open textbooks from eCampusOntario. We were lucky to get a special visitor:

We asked students to mark on post-its how much they spent on textbooks this semester and put them up on a whiteboard. We got answers ranging from $0 (representing students who skipped buying the textbook, downloaded pirated copies, were sharing old editions, or sitting at the reference library) to $1500 a semester. A student who spent $1500 last semester reported not buying any textbooks this semester because they had “learned their lesson.” All of the students were excited to see the print-on-demand versions of the eCampusOntario open textbooks that we had on display.

OER17

Ann Ludbrook and I presented at OER17 in London, England on our work developing a hands-on open access textbooks training workshop for faculty at Ryerson University.

DHSI 2016

We were lucky to be able to send five research assistants from the LGLC team to the Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of Victoria this June. They presented at the DHSI Colloquium on “Collection, Curation, and Collaboration: Representing Canadian Gay Liberationists.”

The LGLC Team: Nadine Boulay (Simon Fraser U); Anderson Tuguinay (Ryerson U); Stefanie Martin (Ryerson U); Seamus Riordan-Short (U British Columbia, Okanagan); Raymon Sandhu (U British Columbia, Okanagan); Caitlin Voth (U British Columbia, Okanagan)