Open Education Week Event on Vancouver Island – March 8

Open Education Week: Open in Action

Date: Thursday March 8

Time: 9:30 am- 3:00pm

Location: Babcock Canada Interaction Lab in the Jack White Building (#13 on Map) @ Interurban campus, Camosun College

Free Registration

Open Education Week’s goal is to raise awareness about free and open educational opportunities that exist for everyone, everywhere, right now.  We want to highlight how open education can help people meet their goals in education, whether that’s to develop skills and knowledge for work, supporting formal studies, learning something new for personal interest, or looking for additional teaching resources.

Join faculty, staff and students at the Innovations Lab @ Interurban campus, Camosun College to celebrate the Open Education Movement in BC. This event will include presentations from open advocates at various Institutions who will discuss their projects in detail and share how they have put open education into action.

9:30 am Welcome and Introduction

9:40-10:20 am Kelsey Merkley – The Intersections of Open

Kelsey Merkley is an open innovation practitioner. After 7 years in South Africa she has extensive experience in managing Pan-African projects with an open education focus, including Africa Open Toolkits, the Pan-African Open Advocate Training Program #openafrica & Kumusha Bus stops. Previous projects include working with Siyavula, Nolwazi, WikiAfrica, University of Cape Town IP Unit, City of Cape Town Open Data Project, UNICEF Innovation Unit, and the Shuttleworth Foundation. She has hosted events including the first African Open Textbook Summit and the Institute for Open Leadership. She founded Open Textbooks for Africa a project designed to support the adaption and adoption of Open Textbooks across Africa.

Now based in Toronto, Kelsey is Public Lead for Creative Commons Canada after serving as Public Lead for Creative Commons South Africa for 4 years. Creative Commons is the global standard for legal sharing. Kelsey has expertise in IP Law, Open Textbooks, Open Educational Resources, Open Policy, Open Business Models and loves Community Building.

Most recently Kelsey has worked with Creative Commons HQ, and e-Campus Ontario.

Kelsey’s talent is creating a robust local and international partnerships and communities. She was named one of South Africa’s brightest young minds by Mail & Guardian in 2015 and was a speaker at 2015 TEDxCapeTown.

10:20-10:30 am Break

10:30- 11:00 am Inba Kehoe – Scholarly Publishing UVIC

11:00-11:30 am Elizabeth Childs and Jo Axe – Transforming an entire department RRU

11:30-12:00 pm Amanda Coolidge, BCcampus – Project Updates and New Call for Proposals

12:00-1:00 pm Lunch sponsored by BCcampus

1:00-2:00 pm Lightning Rounds

Michael Paskevicius, VIU

Sue Doner, Camosun College

Janni Aargon, UVIC

George Veltsianos, RRU

2:00-3:00 pm Uncommon Women Panel – hosted by Kelsey Merkley, featuring UnCommon Women, Mary Burgess and Jennifer Walinga

In the 2014 Tutu Lecture “Women in Peace” Mary Robinson, President ofIreland, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights spoke to the importance of gender equality of the decision-makers in the room.  And the value of amplifying the voice of women leaders brings more to the room and the decisions – Her practical recommendation was simple “that women in positions of authority walk into a room that is dominated by men should ask “What’s wrong with this room?””

Kelsey Merkley started UnCommon Women because she saw a gap between the women in senior operating roles and the men in “Thought Leader” roles. In other words, the women were getting s*** done. Kelsey wanted to celebrate and amplify the many strong brilliant and busy women of the commons.

Join Kelsey Merkley as she interviews and facilitates a conversation with UnCommon Women, Mary Burgess and Jennifer Walinga.

Amanda Coolidge, MEd
Senior Manager of Open Education
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