• OER - Open textbooks - Psychology

    Open Educational Resources in Psychology: A Starter Pack

    As an academic administrator, I support educators across all disciplines in their embrace of more critical, inclusive, and open pedagogies. However, given that my scholarship bridges education and psychology I am often asked by my fellow psychologists about where they might begin in their search for relevant and high-quality open educational resources. Although I still recommend that you reach out to your local university library (which may have a liaison/subject librarian who is well situated to support your customized search needs), I have also assembled a non-exhaustive starter pack for OER in psychology. I hope this is helpful to teachers…

  • Open textbooks

    “If you could tell a new open textbook author one thing, what would it be?”

    Earlier this year, Linda Frederiksen (Head of Access Services, Washington State University Vancouver) reached out to me (along with several others) and posed this question. She has since done a wonderful job of synthesizing these suggestions into a chapter titled “Ten Tips for Authoring Success,” itself part of a new guide for Authoring Open Textbooks, edited by Melissa Falldin and Karen Lauritsen from the Open Textbook Network. I encourage you to read all of the ten tips provided by brilliant colleagues such as Amanda Coolidge, Lauri Aesoph, Dianna Fisher, Quill West, Amy Hofer, Mike Caulfield, and others. Here is what I…

  • OER - Open textbooks

    Pragmatism vs. Idealism and the Identity Crisis of OER Advocacy

    In a couple of weeks I will be in Cape Town, presenting at the 2017 OE Global Conference. This blog post is a preview of some of the ideas I will discuss during my talk (which shares the title of this blog post). A longer version of this post is currently under review in Open Praxis. The open education movement has made and continues to make great strides, with the creation, adaptation, and adoption of OER slowly but surely becoming mainstream practice. However, as the adolescent OE movement enters a growth spurt that may see its use as primary courseware triple within five…

  • OER - Open textbooks

    Review, Revise, Adopt. Rinse and Repeat.

    I am often asked about how I got involved with the open textbook movement. My red pill moment was when I first heard the term “OER” uttered by David Wiley in May 2013 at an annual workshop held at Thompson Rivers University for faculty in their Open Learning division. This is when I began to see the Matrix for what it was—an artificial, parasitic, publisher-driven system in which faculty are unwitting carriers.

  • OER - Open textbooks - Pedagogy

    Are open textbooks the end game?

    “I don’t want to be part of a movement that is focused on replacing static, over-priced textbooks with static, free textbooks.” I hope Robin DeRosa’s thoughtful post about open textbooks provokes some reflection on the tone and goals of the open textbook movement and its advocates. It begs the question of whether we are waging the wrong war here, at least in part.

  • Academia - OER - Open textbooks

    Textbooks? Where we’re going we don’t need textbooks!

    As many of you will remember, 2015 is the “future” year in the beloved 1985 film “Back to the Future.” Although this may make you chuckle, I believe that Doc Brown had it right and that at least part of the future is here. Consider this: In a now-famous blog post, David Wiley argued that “using OER the same way we used commercial textbooks misses the point. It’s like driving an airplane down the road. Yes, the airplane has wheels and is capable of driving down on the road (provided the road is wide enough). But the point of an airplane is to…

  • Academia - OER - Open textbooks

    From believer to dOER

    It was in May of 2013 that I first heard David Wiley speak about open textbooks. That experience catalyzed my involvement with reviewing, adopting, and adapting open educational resources (OER). In May of 2014 I heard David speak once again (as the keynote speaker at last year’s Open Textbook Summit). Since then I have been immersed in research projects on the impact and efficacy of OER, advocacy as a Faculty Fellow with BCcampus (including a number of workshops at universities in BC), and a second open textbook revision. Of course all of this means that it has been rather too long since my last…

  • OER - Open textbooks - Pedagogy

    OER for Psychology

    Later this week Farhad Dastur and I will present at a symposium at the Annual Conference on the Teaching of Psychology in Atlanta, organized by the Society for the Teaching of Psychology. Our symposium is titled “Opening up psychology: Adopting open textbooks, open pedagogy, and an open philosophy in the classroom.” The following is a list of some Psychology-specific OER for those who attend our symposium. It is not an exhaustive list by any means but is a start: [Click here to download the list: Psychology OER] NOBA Project: http://nobaproject.com/ BC Open Textbook Project: http://open.bccampus.ca/ Resources for Teaching Research and Statistics in Psychology: http://www.teachpsychscience.org/ Go Cognitive: http://www.gocognitive.net…

  • OER - Open textbooks - Uncategorized

    The Fellowship of the Open

    Over the past year I have had the pleasure of working with the fine folk at BCcampus a fair bit – first as a reviewer of two open textbooks, then as an adopter of three, adapter of two, organizer of an open test bank sprint, and a co-presenter at professional development workshops at Capilano University and Kwantlen Polytechnic University. So when I saw another potential excuse to spend time with Mary, Amanda, and Clint, I couldn’t help but apply for one of three Faculty Fellow positions with their open education program. Today was the first meeting of us fellows – Christina…