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Open Education Week 2015

By Courtenay Alcock | March 9, 2015

Memorial is celebrating Open Education Week, March 9-13, by offering a full slate of events that are “open” to faculty, staff and students, as well as members of the local and global communities. The events aim to show Memorial’s support for open education, and create awareness about the open education movement and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide.

Open education refers to sharing, reducing barriers and increasing access to education. It encompasses free and open access to platforms, tools and resources in education such as learning and course materials, assessment tools, research and textbooks.

The events include:

Open Educational Resources (OER) Contest

Students, faculty and staff are invited to share a free, or openly licensed, educational resource that was used or created for use in class. In exchange for sharing a resource, participants will be entered into a draw to win one of four $100 pre-paid Visa cards.

Examples of an open educational resource can include a full course, course materials, learning objects, open textbooks, openly licensed videos (i.e. YouTube), tests and other related materials.

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Presentations can be attended in person; most are also available via webcast at Interaction with the global community will be facilitated through Twitter with the hashtag #OpenMUN.

Open Access at Memorial University Libraries: Learn about the benefits of open access publishing, as well as support and funding for open access publishing available through Memorial University Libraries.

When: Tuesday, March 10, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Where: ED-1001, Education building

Principles of Universal Design for Learning in the Post-Secondary Environment:In the spirit of open, this session will give a brief introduction to the UDL initiative and will present some thoughts about next steps. The goal of this session is to inspire institutions to actively encourage UDL practices in course development and teaching practice.

When: Tuesday, March 10, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Where: ED-1001, Education building (webcast link available)


How to Find Free Copyrighted Material on the Internet: This session will highlight some strategies and online tools that can help you find freely licensed copyright or public domain material on the Internet; thereby avoiding potential copyright issues for classroom use, presentations and publications.

When: Wednesday, March 11, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Where: ED-1001, Education building (webcast link available)


Curriculum Development in a Transdisciplinary Collaboration Space:The Too Big To Ignore project ( is a research network and knowledge mobilization partnership established to elevate the profile of small-scale fisheries (SSF), to argue against their marginalization in national and international policies, and to develop research and governance capacity to address global fisheries challenges. One of the goals of this project is to generate systematic knowledge of global small-scale fisheries by using the philosophy of a transdisciplinary approach to develop meaningful content that will be offered as open education once developed. An overview of the planning and development stages for this course will be provided.

When: Wednesday, March 11, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Where: ED-1001, Education building (webcast link available)


Open Educational Resources: Campus-Wide Curation Event: Faculty, instructors, learning designers and anyone interested in curriculum design are invited bring ideas for types of content, or learning objects, you would like to share freely and openly with students and peers.

When: Thursday, March 12, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Where: various locations across all campuses (view details)


Flipping it: Teaching and Learning in an Inverted Classroom (webcast from Grenfell Campus): A “flipped” or “inverted” classroom is a learning model in which students learn course content at home before attending a physical class where they discuss, practise and otherwise engage with that content. In Fall 2014, a flipped approach was used to teach Math 1000 (Calculus 1) at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University. This presentation will discuss tools for facilitating a flipped classroom as well as student response to the flipped format.

When: Thursday, March 12, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Where: ED-1001, Education building (webcast link available)


For details on all events, please visit

Twitter: @delts_memorial and @delts_teach

Memorial hashtag: #OpenMUN

For more information about other global Open Education Week events, visit