Open Scholarship in Practice

Series: Open Education

Event Date & Time

  • September 29, 2017
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Event Description

“Open scholarship, which encompasses open access, open data, open educational resources, and all other forms of openness in the scholarly and research environment, is changing how knowledge is created and shared.”Association of Research Libraries

The use of open practices and new Internet technologies have the potential to reduce barriers to research and education by making it more distributed, equitable, and accurate. Indeed, the U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities recently stated that the “the U15 is committed to disseminating scholarly publications and other research outputs as widely as possible in order to maximize their economic, cultural, social and health benefits, and the effectiveness of public investments in research…An individual or an institution’s access to research results should not be limited by their ability to pay for that access.The U15 encourages the collaborative development of new models of scholarly communications that would benefit the academy and the public by leveraging the power of the digital age in ways that enhance the quality of scholarly and scientific publications.”

Open practices are empowering faculty, staff and students at UBC to transform the way they create and share their research and educational efforts. Join us for a full day of hands-on workshops exploring the practice of open scholarship from new tools that can increase the reproducibility in quantitative research to new pedagogies that become possible when students and faculty members become co-creators engaged in meaningful, generative knowledge creation.  All events are free but registration is required.


9:00am – 9.20am – Welcome

Eric Eich, Vice Provost & Associate Vice President Academic, UBC

9.20am – 10:00am – Open Educational Practices: Aligning Teaching and Learning with Research Practices

Open educational practices include sharing teaching and learning materials with an open license, offering courses that are open to participants beyond the walls of a campus classroom, as well as inviting students to contribute to knowledge that is shared publicly. This session focuses in particular on the student as producer pedagogical model, which emphasises the role of the student as collaborator in the production of knowledge. In this model, the university’s approaches to learning and research are closer aligned; for example, students, similar to researchers, are asked to share their work with others and not just their immediate instructor or advisor. This hands-on session will examine both how educators can support learners in their role as active participants in their learning and the university’s intellectual output. It will explore case studies from courses and open educational projects at UBC that asked learners to not only be students but also scholars, creators, authors, researchers, designers, authors, and problem solvers.

Christina Hendricks, Deputy Academic Director, Centre for Teaching, Learning & Technology
Will Engle, Strategist, Open Education Initiatives, Centre for Teaching, Learning & Technology

10:00am – 10.30am – Open Textbooks and Open Course Resources in the UBC Mathematics Department

Members of the Department of Mathematics at UBC have developed and integrated a variety of open course resources and textbooks into mathematics courses, impacting many thousands of students (primarily in years 1 and 2). Aside from open textbooks, they have assembled flexible learning technologies that include videos, online homework (WebWork), multi-stage quizzes, vast collections of problems with hints and solutions, and other materials. These efforts were initiated separately by many individuals and groups within the department, with various reasons and motivations. Dr. Leah Edelstein-Keshet will describe one example, focussed on the evolution of a Life-Science-calculus courses (Math 102-103), from its inception to recent experiences in the classroom. She will also briefly survey several of the independent ventures by her colleagues, all directed at customizing the syllabus of their mathematics courses, helping students to avoid costly texts, and offering a range of material for student learning.

Leah Edelstein-Keshet, Professor, Department of Mathematics

10.30am – 10.50am – Coffee Break


10.50am – 12:00 pm – Open Data Workshop with Jupyter Notebooks –

The Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS), in partnership with Compute Canada and Cybera, launched a national scientific computing and data science platform. The platform is available to UBC students, faculty and staff at This presentation will introduce Jupyter and demonstrate how it can be used in data analysis and scientific computation. Attendees are encouraged to bring their laptops to participate in the interactive discussion.

James Colliander, Director, Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences
Patrick Walls, Instructor, Department of Mathematics

12pm – 1:00pm – Lunch break (lunch not provided)


1:00pm – 4:00pm – Practical Steps for Increasing Openness and Reproducibility: An Introduction to the Open Science Framework

Please join us for a hands-on workshop hosted by the Center for Open Science to learn the many simple actions researchers can take to increase the reproducibility of their work. The workshop will be hands-on. Using example studies, attendees will actively participate in creating a reproducible project from start to finish.

Topics covered:

  • Project documentation
  • Version control
  • Preregistration
  • Open source tools like the Center for Open Science’s Open Science Framework to easily implement these concepts in a scientific workflow

This workshop is aimed at faculty, staff, librarians, and students across disciplines who are engaged in quantitative research. The workshop does not require any specialized knowledge of programming. Participants will gain a foundation for incorporating reproducible, transparent practices into their current workflows.

Jennifer Freeman Smith, Transparency and Openness Training Coordinator, Center for Open Science

Jennifer Freeman Smith is a Transparency and Openness Training Coordinator for the Center for Open Science, where she develops curricula, delivers trainings, and provides support around reproducible research methods and open science. Before coming to COS, she helped health departments and community organizations implement evidence-based HIV prevention programs, conducted qualitative research in education and public health, and taught courses in composition and multicultural issues in education. She earned her doctorate in Educational Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania.