News Release

REF NO.: 196

SUBJECT: PSA: Memorial celebrates Open Education Week 2015

DATE: 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.

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

The events include:

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

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

Where: ED-1001, G.A. Hickman (Education) Building


Principles of universal design for learning (UDL) 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, G.A. Hickman (Education) Building (webcast 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, G.A. Hickman (Education) Building (webcast available)


Curriculum development in a transdisciplinary collaboration space - The Too Big To Ignore project, www.toobigtoignore.net is a research network and knowledge mobilization partnership established to elevate the profile of small-scale fisheries, 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, G.A. Hickman (Education) Building (webcast available)


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, practice 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, G.A. Hickman (Education) Building (webcast available)


For details on all events, please visit http://www.open.mun.ca, follow DELTS on Facebook, www.facebook.com/delts.memorial or @delts_Memorial and @delts_teach on Twitter. For information about other global Open Education Week events, visit www.openeducationweek.org.

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