Schedule – Thompson Rivers University

Schedule is subject to change.


Day 1 - June 13, 2024

  • Welcome and Opening Remarks 9:00 - 9:15 a.m.
  • Exploring the Philosophy and Practices of Open Education 9:15 - 10:45 a.m.

    In open education, the goal is to increase access to education by changing the way we think about knowledge. Instead of bundling up knowledge in an expensive textbook or putting it behind a paywall, open education sees knowledge as a public good that should be freely available to everyone to learn from, build on, and customize for their own purposes. In this session, we will explore open education as a philosophy, look at the frameworks and structures that make it possible, and then dig into examples and opportunities to put open education into practice.

    This session will be facilitated by Josie Gray.

  • Break 10:45 - 11:05 a.m.

    Please note that refreshments will not be provided.

  • Crafting your Positionality Statement 11:05 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.

    Positionality refers to the dynamic relationship between an individual and their various personal and social identities, including gender, race, class, ethnicity, ability, and place. For facilitators, crafting a positionality statement serves as a crucial self-reflective exercise, revealing how one's biases, histories, and intersections shape their teaching approach. In this workshop, we will explore positionality statements and their role in the context of teaching and learning. We will also examine personal, place-based, and social identities and reflect how these layers influence our teaching practices. Participants will have a chance to start creating their own positonality statements.

    This session will be facilitated by Britt Dzioba.

  • Lunch 12:05 - 1:05 p.m.

    Please note that refreshments will not be provided.

  • Find, Use, and Create Open Educational Resources 1:05 - 2:05 p.m.

    Let's dig into the specifics of how to find, use, and create open educational resources (OER). We will explore OER collections, consider how to share OER with students, and look at how to adapt existing OER or create your own through platforms like Pressbooks.

    This session will be facilitated by Josie Gray.

  • Break 2:05 - 2:25 p.m.
  • Liberating Structures: What's New? 2:25 - 3:55 p.m.

    Experience and learn some new and emerging activities and practices coming out of Liberating Structures communities worldwide. This session will suit both beginners and experienced practitioners, and leave participants with ideas and resources to try in their own facilitation work.

    This session will be facilitated by Tracy Roberts.

  • Social Event 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

    Join us for a fun networking event! Refreshments will be provided. Stay tuned for more details!

Day 2 - June 14, 2024

  • Welcome and Opening Remarks 9:00 - 9:10 a.m.
  • Threading Equity Throughout Open Educational Resources 9:10 - 10:40 a.m.

    Creating OER with equity at its core requires intention and planning. Without this foresight, there is a risk of perpetuating biases and harm that exist both in the field of study and society at large. This includes the potential for inaccessible content, offensive language, harmful stereotypes, and the undue promotion of dominant cultural norms, knowledge, and identities (such as white, abled, male, cisgender, heterosexual, etc.). In this session, we dig into the concept of "equity" within the realms of OER design, content creation, and pedagogy. We explore the tools, practices, and processes essential for fostering equity within OER development.

    This session is facilitated by Josie Gray.

  • Break 10:40 - 11:00 a.m.

    Please note that refreshments will not be provided.

  • Accessibility for Online Educators 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    This workshop covers the basics of accessibility as it applies to educational materials. We will introduce assistive technologies and explain how to design things like text, tables, images, videos, audio, links, and math equations so they are accessible to all students.  

    This session is facilitated by Josie Gray.

  • Lunch 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

    Please note that refreshments will not be provided.

  • Introduction to Digital Literacy OER 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

    This interactive workshop will provide an introduction to the B.C. Digital Literacy Framework and its relevance to teaching and learning practices. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the recently launched Digital Literacy Hub by BCcampus. This hub houses a curated collection of high-quality OER designed to enhance participants' digital literacy skills or seamlessly integrate into their teaching methodologies.

    This session is facilitated by Britt Dzioba.

  • Break 2:30 - 2:50 p.m.

    Please note that refreshments will not be provided.

  • Exciting Workshop Coming Soon! 2:50 - 3:20 p.m.

    Keep an eye out here for more information regarding this session.

  • Closing Remarks 3:20 - 3:30 p.m.