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Open Access Week

Mount Royal University Library is pleased to present the following programming for International Open Access Week. This is a global event, now in its sixth year, promoting Open Access in scholarship and research and teaching.

All streamed sessions will be hosted locally in T107 – so please join your colleagues for viewing and discussion. If you prefer to view from your office please follow the links provided.

Our local, in-person, panel discussing the Tri-Agency’s new draft OA policy location is EA 1022

Monday, October 21

12:00pm to 1:00pm

What are MOOCs doing to the Open Education? – Athabasca University
George Siemens

The term “open” in the most contested in the MOOC acronym. What does it mean to be open? Is it sufficient that learners can join a course without cost? Or without pre-requisites? This presentation will explore the impact of MOOCs, mostly negative, through the lens of openness.

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Tuesday, October 22
10:30 am – 11:50 am

Open Access Megajournals – Have They Changed Everything? – University of British Columbia
Peter Binfield, Co-founder & Publisher of PeerJ

In this keynote Peter shares some of his insights about megajournals, how they operate, how they can succeed, and whether or not this new category of journal will truly revolutionize the publishing landscape.

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12:00pm to 1:00pm

Why think about culture in remix? – Athabasca University
Tel Amiel

Remix is touted as one of the most important practices within the field of open educational resources (OER). We review the concerns related to culture and inequity within the OER movement, followed by the design choices and procedures, and finally the implications of these issues for the open educational resources movement.

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Wednesday October 23, 2013
11:00 am to 11:50 am

Open Freedoms / Open Practices – University of British Columbia
Paul Stacey, Senior Project Manager, Creative Commons

Join Paul as he explores the ways in which digital technologies and contemporary open education practices are affecting the economics and traditional business models of education. Is open a major transformation of education? Decide for yourself at this Open Freedoms / Open Practices event.

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12:00pm to 1:00pm

OERu: Blending more affordable education futures – Athabasca University
Wayne Mackintosh

Wayne will provide an update on progress of the OERu’s prototyping phase and illustrate how OER enables the disaggregation of traditional services in a sustainable way.

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2:00pm to 3:30 pm

Alternative Metrics and Progress through the Ranks at U of T – University of Toronto
Heather Piwowar, Co-Founder of ImpactStory; Edith Hillan, Vice-Provost, Faculty and Academic Life; Gunther Eysenbach, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Medical Internet Research and Co-Founder of TrendMD

With increasing open access options and evolving ways of examining an article’s reach via social media, there are many alternative metrics that can be used. What are these metrics? And how will they affect your PTR?
Thursday, October 24

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Cost Savings and User Perceptions of OER – Athabasca University
John Hilton III

Open textbooks promise the same educational benefits as traditional textbooks; however, their efficacy remains largely untested. Hilton presents research regarding cost savings, student/teacher perceptions, and the efficacy of using open texts.

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2:30-3:30 – EA 1022

Panel Discussion: Tri-Agency Open Access Policy – Mount Royal University (In-person panel EA1022)
Steven Engler, Professor, Religous Studies, Trevor Davis, Associate Vice President Research, Lynn Lafave, Associate Professor, Physical Education and Recreation Studies, Christy Tomkins-Lane , Assistant Professor, Physical Education and Recreation Studies, Richard Hayman, Digital Initiatives Librarian, Library.

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council SSHRC, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) are developing a harmonized policy on access to research publications. Join us for an overview and discussion of this new policy draft.

Tri-Agency Open Access Policy DRAFT document

 Friday, October 25

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Libraries, OERs, and Open Access – Athabasca University
Elaine Fabbro, Colin Elliott, and Rachel Conroy

As Athabasca University moves to a model that utilizes Open Educational Resources, the Library is being called upon to support more courses with Open Access resources. This entails educating faculty, finding open resources, and creating the necessary infrastructure to support OA. This session will discuss the benefits and challenges of supporting OERs with Open Access.

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