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Friday, November 21 • 1:45pm - 2:15pm
Rethinking Technology's Role in Sustaining the Future of the University

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For the university to remain a relevant and valued institution in the future, it must expose the work of its people, including students, staff, and faculty. When institutions embrace open approaches to technologies, they are contributing to the public domain and sharing knowledge that would otherwise stay locked behind the secure doors of a closed LMS and then erased at the term's end. The University of British Columbia has backed the use of platforms and technologies to support open pedagogies and content for nearly a decade, but the past two years have represented a tipping point in terms of their impact at the institution and beyond. UBC's open technology framework evolved from an under the desk approach to a robust publishing platform with over 30,000 users. The session will provide an overview of the UBC framework and will cover topics including the positioning of these open technologies within other "enterprise" systems, in regards to the infrastructure, user management, and front end development. The session will also highlight few case studies of how such technologies are being used to meet academic needs through the creation of e-Portfolios, course blogs, classroom backchannels and microblogging, open educational resource (OER) development, and other learning and web publishing needs. The future of the university is open; universities must take ownership of their technologies or they run the risk of becoming irrelevant.

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Will Engle

Strategist, Open Education Initiatives, The University of British Columbia
Teaching and Learning Centre Staff

Scott McMillan

University of British Colum
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Novak Rogic

Web Strategy Manager, CTLT - UBC

Friday November 21, 2014 1:45pm - 2:15pm EST
Crystal Ballroom

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