Open Textbook Event @ SFU Library October 23

Coming up next month at the SFU Library, a special discussion on an innovative practice that is sure to impact the student learning experience, if not their pocketbooks as well.

Open Textbooks: New Models in Textbook Production

Invites you to

…In celebrating Open Access Week, SFU Library is delighted to bring together a range of perspectives on open textbooks. Students spend roughly $1,000 per year on textbooks, and are increasingly advocating for freely available textbooks. In this province, BCcampus has been overseeing the Open Textbook Project, which involves creating 40 open textbooks in a variety of disciplines, and many faculty members have started to adopt or adapt open textbooks for their courses. Join us for an interactive session featuring three speakers actively engaged in the production, adoption, and use of open textbooks. Bring your questions and comments to this open discussion.

As a common practice in the Edmedia team, we will be there to get the latest info.

Bird in the hand GIF eg. from Jason

Yesterday I was walking between meetings and happened upon a bird, about the size of small robin, that was mostly black and white, but had a striking red bib. Not recognizing it, I wanted to take picture to look it up later, so took out my phone, and slowly crept closer to get a clear shot. Thankfully it was quiet in the area and my presence did not alarm the creature. so I slowly stepped closer and took another shot. Stepped closer, another shot, closer, another shot, and with each step I was surprised the little guy did not fly off.  I managed to get within about 8-10 feet of the bird before a gust of wind came up and he decided he had had enough and took off. However, the series of photos I took , worked perfectly for the GIFBOOM app to accept from the “add from gallery” feature and I was able to create the GIF below.

To follow up on this and make it an actual “Educational Resource” I feel I would really need to identify this bird, post some links to wikipedia, and maybe ask students to explore it further or send them on another activity. But perhaps you can help out with the first part!. Is the GIF along with my text description enough to give you a lead to identify? ANy thoughts on how the media looks? or what it add to my story?

Regardless I will use my bird book at home and Identify it and post the results here.

You will also notice I have embedded a Creative Commons license within this post, (just below)  This is kind of an unnecessary step here since the site itself is available as an open resource so all content fits under our site license, but it may be a way for you to choose different permissions for your post. Also, its the final step when sharing any OER so should be a part of the assignment.
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Bird in the hand GIF by @draggin is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

OPEN UBC

BC Campus has been making a big push into open education these past few years, and it seems to be gaining steam. Last week they reviewed the Open Ed initiatives at UBC and as ever, it was inspiring to read that many of those programs and courses are beginning to mature.

One such course is very unique, on “Video Game Law” which makes available its course notes and video content online under a creative commons license. I had the pleasure of speaking with Jon Festinger at a recent World Cafe for a new joint social media program between BCIT and SFU, and his passion for sharing this material and employing social media in his courses was evident. Not only are the lectures captured and shared alongside the presentations, but the course discussions occur both in the comments on the blog, and via twitter. You can tweet Jon @jonfestinger or follow the course discussions @GameBizLaw.

This method of “teaching and learning in the open” will inspire a great deal of the discussion for our upcoming “Sharing and Caring for Open Educational Resources” module, (being published soon!) as part of the EMP program which will be launching in April. The hashtag for this module is #openedmedia.