• Academia - Pedagogy - Students

    A Faculty Perspective on Open Textbooks

    Recently I have found myself at many meetings and events (e.g., the Open Textbook summit) centered on Open Education. Despite my non-representativeness due to self-selection, I am often called upon at these meetings to represent the “faculty perspective.” As much as I would love to do this, in my experience, there is no single faculty perspective on open education in general and open textbooks in particular. Some, like myself, are early adopters. Others are willing to go along if their concerns are addressed. Still others remain skeptical and resistant. And there are many views in between, many of which contain…

  • Pedagogy

    A Nice Finish

    This term I taught another graduate seminar in Applied Social Psychology at UBC. The group included nine students from counselling psychology, business, and language & literacy education. We covered a lot of ground over the semester and I was trying to think of a way to review our journey while providing some closure. I ended up sticking post-it notes onto the double chalk-board, each listing a week’s topic (arranged chronologically). I then invited the students to use the chalk to write around those notes to list the concepts, theories, or ideas that stood out the most for them. I was…