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Friday, November 21 • 10:15am - 10:45am
Evolving Towards Open At A Relatively Closed Institution

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The JIBC is a Canadian public post-secondary institution with a strong social justice mandate that aligns quite nicely with the open education resource movement, yet it struggles to find its place within the conservative business models of the institution. Nonetheless, the open projects that have been implemented or are underway range from open courses and open textbooks to open simulations and entire program curriculum. This presentation describes some of these projects, and provides a descriptive analysis of the numerous drivers that have lead to the evolution of the institution to one that is more actively engaging with open. These drivers include better technologies, government policy, cost savings, strong sector-wide communication and leadership, funding expectations, and a greater understanding of the benefits for the institution and for students, among others. Interestingly and importantly, the remix and reuse advantages have provided greater buy-in than creating new OER. It is apparent that the combination of these drivers as a "critical mass' has been the key in evolving the institution towards embracing, rather than fearing open, in a short period of time.

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Tannis Morgan

Director, Centre for Teaching, Learning & In, JIBC

Friday November 21, 2014 10:15am - 10:45am EST
Crystal Ballroom

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