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January 27 marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Today marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day. This annual date serves not only as an official commemoration of the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, and the millions of other victims of Nazism, but to promote Holocaust education throughout the world.

For more than a decade, UVic has played a leading role in Holocaust studies. Home to the I-witness Holocaust Field School (the first of its kind for undergraduate students at a Canadian university when it launched in 2010), the Faculty of Humanities also offers a master’s stream in Holocaust studies (the only one of its kind in Canada).

In the ongoing SSHRC-funded work led by UVic Professor of Germanic and Slavic Studies Charlotte Schallié, our Head of Advanced Research Services, Matt Huculak, is part of an international team of researchers for the Narrative Art & Visual Storytelling in Holocaust and Human Rights Education interdisciplinary project. As stated on their website, their mission is a “multiperspectival, participatory, arts-and-human-rights-based collaboration among academics, educators, Holocaust survivors, and artists for teaching & learning about the Holocaust in diverse, international public contexts.”

As part of this mission, they offer free and accessible visual storytelling resources in order to engage in dialogue-based teaching & learning processes for newer generations, including a podcast series. The latest conversation about Pedagogy and Narrative Art in Human Rights and Education is now available here. Relatedly, our University Archives is home to the Holocaust and World War II Memory Collection and we also have a Holocaust LibGuide.

These resources reflect the focus of both UVic and UVic Libraries’ commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, specifically UN SDG Goal 16 on peace and justice, as the UVic community continues to tackle contemporary issues of hatred, racism, antisemitism, Islamophobia, xenophobia, ethnic conflict and genocide.

(on behalf of the Communications, Events, and Community Engagement Operational Group (CECE-OG): Christine Walde, Emily Garry, Inba Kehoe, Jennifer Wells, Lara Wilson, and Lisa Abram)

Pathways to Impact: Mobilizing Knowledge

The Pathways to Impact: Mobilizing Knowledge Fund aims to support researchers in mobilizing knowledge and creativity for greater impact. A joint initiative of the Office of the Vice-President Research and Innovation’s Research Partnerships and Knowledge Mobilization (RPKM) Unit, in partnership with UVic Libraries, the fund supports UVic’s commitment to meeting the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Many exceptional applications were received in the Fall 2021 call for proposals, and seven outstanding projects were selected for funding: Learn more about the Pathways to Impact projects.

UVic Libraries provides many supports for mobilizing your research and creative projects ranging from workshops, equipment loans, and self-help resources to full suite of digital services for grant-funded research. Explore some of our offerings below or contact us for more!

Free, Public Talk, Lunch & Wikipedia Edit-a-thon with Dr. Constance Crompton – Open Access Week

To celebrate Open Access Week, Dr. Constance Crompton (University of Ottawa), 2017-18 Honorary Resident Wikipedian at the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab (ETCL) and the University of Victoria Libraries, will give a free, public talk.

“Donating and Developing: Contributing to Wikipedia to Make a Better Web” takes place on Monday October 22nd from 11am-12pm in the Digital Scholarship Commons, Mearns Centre for Learning, McPherson Library. Following the talk, participants are invited to learn how to edit the global, online encyclopedia Wikipedia in order to put their personal knowledge to work online.”


For more information, please visit the UVic Digital Scholarly Commons events page

Open Education in Action Gathering

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Open Educational Resources (OER) are educational materials that are freely available and can be legally used and modified by anyone. Properly leveraged, OER can help everyone in the world access free, high quality, learning materials. OER can help colleges, universities, literacy organizations, First Nations and governments meet the aims set out in the United Nations. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially with regard to SDG4: ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education, and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all. This gathering will focus on different elements of open education – open courses, instructional design, open textbooks, where to store adapted and curated OERs, assessments, open licenses, and actions institutions and governments may take to support open education in their organizations.

Open Educational Practices are designed to broaden access and eliminate barriers to learning. They include the creation and adoption of open educational resources, open course development, and open pedagogy.

Please join us for the Open Education in Action conference on Tuesday, December 6th and Wednesday, December 7th at the Maskwacis Cultural College. The theme of the conference gathering is “Using Open Educational Practices and Resources in our institutions” and includes a series of presentations about:

  • Personal communications OER
  • Supports for OE adoption such as Library webinars and tutorials
  • OERs for modern language instruction
  • Institutional repositories: Open archives for research and learning
  • Open journal hosting
  • Book publishing programs
  • Open Education Practices at Post Secondary  Educational Institutions
  • OER and the future of education
  • Champions toolkit

These presentations will make a case for why the move away from traditional (closed) practices is not only desirable but inevitable and how students, faculty, institutions, and our communities all stand to benefit greatly from this transformation.

We believe that learning is social — learning revolves around collaboration and connection — it is about bringing people together and sharing with one another. Because we value shared learning experiences so much, we want to provide an opportunity for you and your colleagues to participate in our upcoming Open Education in Action conference as a team!

  • Cost: $125/day includes lunch, networking and a certificate of participation

This conference gathering is brought to you in partnership with Ministry of Advanced Education-Government of Alberta, Alberta Open Education Initiative (ABOER), Maskwacis Cultural College, Olds College, Athabasca University, University of Lethbridge, University of Alberta, Mount Royal University, and University of Victoria.

Engaging Communities: International Perspectives on Community University Research Partnerships

A Public Speaker and Workshop Series at the University of Victoria

Date: Monday February 2, 2009
Europe: Community-University Partnerships in Practice: The University of Brighton Model
Presenters: Dr. Angela Hart, Academic Director and Kim Aumann from the Community-University Partnership Programme (CUPP)
University of Brighton, England.

When & Where: 11:30am-1:00pm Public Talk, UVic, McKinnon Bldg, 150

2:30-4:30pm CBR Workshop, UVic, Continuing Studies Bldg, 110
Building Community-University Partnerships Work and Measuring Their Impact