2018 Open Scholarship In Practice

Event Date & Time

  • May 2, 2018
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Event Description

Open scholarship, which encompasses open science, open access, open data, open education, and all other forms of openness in the scholarly and research environment, is transforming how knowledge is created and shared.

Join us for a full day of hands-on workshops exploring the practice of open scholarship from new tools that can increase the reproducibility of research to new pedagogies that become possible when students and faculty members become co-creators engaged in meaningful, generative knowledge creation. Hear from UBC colleagues who are incorporating “openness” in innovative ways to enhance teaching, research, and public impact.

All events are free and open to all but registration is required. Lunch and coffee breaks provided. Space is limited so please register by April 25th.

The U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities have 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.”


8:30 – 9:00am: Registration and Coffee

Location: Rm 302, IKBLC, Dodson Room

9:00 – 9:15am: Welcome

Location: Rm 302, IKBLC, Dodson Room

  • Simon Bates PhD, Senior Advisor, Teaching and Learning, Academic Director, CTLT
  • Lea Starr, Associate University Librarian – Research Services

9:15 – 10:30am Keynote: Open Scholarship in Action

Today open practices are empowering faculty, staff and students to transform the way they conduct research, education, and scholarly dissemination. Open sharing of research results, methods and data promotes wider evaluation and scrutiny, encouraging greater reproducibility and integrity of results. Open educational practices help learners become contributors to knowledge by actively creating open, public and re-usable resources. Emerging forms of digital publishing have the potential to help academics reach new audiences and overturn traditional ways of evaluating impact. Our expert panel of speakers from across UBC will explore these topics and the challenges and opportunities raised.

  • Eric Eich, Vice Provost & Associate Vice President Academic, UBC
  • Jason Pither, Associate Professor, Biology, Braes Institute – UBC Okanagan
  • Allan Bell, Associate University Librarian, Digital Programs and Services, UBC Library
  • Leonora Crema, Scholarly Communications and Copyright Librarian, UBC Library

Location: Rm 302, Dodson Room

10:30 to 10:45: Coffee Break

Location: Ike’s Café, South Foyer, Level 2

10:45 – 12:00 pm Concurrent Sessions:

What’s Next in Research Data Management?

Like many other national funding agencies, Canada’s Tri-Council agencies will soon be implementing a Statement of Principles on Digital Data Management. These will include new institution-wide policies, data management plans, and requirements for researchers to deposit data including “big data.” Come hear about these national efforts and UBC’s local response, including supports such as Portage, DMP Assistant, data repositories, data preservation, and metadata.


  • Eugene Barsky, Research Data Services Librarian, UBC Library

Location: Room 2.22 CTLT

Transforming Learning with Open

Open education is more than openly sharing teaching and learning materials. It can transform learners from consumers of knowledge to contributors by creating for public audiences. This session will focus on ways of engaging in open education practices, including the basics of creating, reusing, and sharing. This workshop will examine both how educators can support learners in their role as active participants in knowledge creation and how open education approaches can support authentic learning about scholarly engagement. This is a hands-on workshop. Bring your laptop.

  • Lucas Wright, Open Education Advisor, BCcampus CTLT
  • Erin Fields, Liaison Librarian & Flexible Learning Coordinator, UBC Library

Location: Rm 302, IKBLC, Dodson Room

GitHub for pedagogical purposes

Practice leads to habits; this is one central reason why we have chosen to use GitHub as a course delivery system for the Master of Data Science (MDS) program. Git and GitHub are currently one of the most widely used and popular platforms for version control, and version control is a critical part of Data Science workflows. By the end of the program, MDS students will have had the opportunity to practice using Git and GitHub at least 300 times. In addition to this student benefit, using Github as a course delivery system allows for fully electronic reading and grading of student work, simplifying the instructor’s workflow. This presentation will be a tour through the Github course delivery system used in the MDS program and it will also introduce other Git and Github tools that are useful for teaching.


  • Tiffany Timbers, Instructor, Master of Data Science and Deptartment of Statistics

Location: Room256, Chilcotin

12:00 – 1:00 pm – Lunch (provided)

Location: IKBLC, 2nd Floor South Foyer

1:00 – 2:00 pm – Faculty & Student Lightning Talks

In this lightning talk format, we will feature open education innovations happening at UBC.

  • David Gaertner, Instructor, First Nations and Indigenous Studies, UBC
  • Claudia Krebs, Professor of Teaching, Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences, UBC
  • Janette Bulkan, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Forestry, UBC
  • Siohbhan McPhee, Instructor, Department of Geography, UBC
  • Jon Festinger, Q.C., Instructors, Allard School of Law, UBC
  • Arthur Green, Affiliate Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, UBC
  • Mark Turin, Chair, First Nations Languages Program and Acting Co-Director, Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, UBC

Location: Rm 302, Dodson Room

2:00 – 2:15 pm – Coffee

Location: IKBLC, 2nd Floor South Foyer

2:15 – 4:00 pm – Concurrent Sessions

Using the Open Science Framework

The Open Science Framework (OSF) is an open source web application that supports the research workflow, enabling scientists to collaborate and increase the efficiency and reproducibility of their research by making it much easier (in fact, virtually automatic) for researchers to keep track of what they’ve done, and why. OSF does not require any specialized knowledge of programming is increasingly being used by researchers worldwide to collaborate on projects. This is a hands-on workshop. Bring your laptop.


  • Mathew Vis-Dunbar, Southern Medical Program & Open Scholarship Librarian, UBC Okanagan
  • Jason Pither, Associate Professor, Biology, Braes Institute – UBC Okanagan

Location: IKBLC, Rm 302, Dodson Room

Introduction to Pressbooks for Open Publishing

Join us for an introduction to the what, why, and how of building an open textbook or monograph. Open publishing gives faculty the opportunity to create texts uniquely tailored to their courses, or knowledge mobilization needs. Participants will have an opportunity to outline and start to build their own open monograph using the BCcampus Pressbooks platform- one that can incorporate media, open assignments, and assessments. This is a hands-on workshop. Bring your laptop.


  • Leonora Crema, Scholarly Communications & Copyright Librarian, UBC Library
  • Erin Fields, Liaison Librarian & Flexible Learning Coordinator, UBC Library
  • Zachary Foote, Graduate Research Assistant, UBC Library

Location: Room 2.22 CTLT

WeBWork for Beginners: Using and Developing for the Open Problem Library

This hands-on workshop will cover how to both use existing problems and develop new problems for WeBWorK. WeBWorK is an open online homework system originally developed for math and increasingly being used in engineering and science courses. Facilitated by instructors who are developing problems and using WeBWorK, this workshop will allow participants to acquire the key knowledge needed to start developing and contributing to the public problem bank known as the Open Problem Library. Please bring a laptop


  • Agnes d’Entremont, Instructor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, UBC
  • Jonathan Verrett, Instructor, Faculty of Applied Science Chemical and Biological Engineering, UBC
  • Luis Linares, Senior Instructor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Negar M. Harandi, Teaching and Learning Fellow, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Location: IKBLC 240A

All events are free and open to all but registration is required.