Openness, Digital Learning & Networked Scholarship Symposium

10:00AM to 4:00PM November 17, 2015
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Join the Royal Roads community, open education practitioners and researchers online for a symposium about open educational resources, open pedagogy and emerging approaches to digital learning.

Organized by the School of Education and Technology & the Canada Research Chair in Innovative Learning & Technology, this symposium builds on the work currently being done at Royal Roads by our Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Innovative Learning and Technology and the School of Education and Technology (SET) to investigate promising innovations in educational technology. It is an opportunity to contribute back to the open community and further the developments in this area.

Join us for all or part of the day on Livestream.


10:00    Welcome (Asma-na-hi Antoine)

10:05    What makes RRU unique and a hotspot for innovation?  (Steve Grundy)

10:15    Introductions and context (George Veletsianos)

10:30    What can Open be? Advances at the provincial, national & international level (Mary Burgess)

11:05    For whom, for what? Not-yetness and challenging the “stuff” of open education (Amy Collier & Jen Ross)

11:45    Lunch break 

1:00       Creative Commons: Where are we now? (Paul Stacey)

1:35       Expansive Openness: Why Reducing Cost is Not Enough for Realizing the Full Benefits of OER (Royce Kimmons)

2:15       Panel Discussion: What can Open do?

2:45       Wrap Up (Elizabeth Childs)

Each session (excluding the panel) will consist of a 20-minute presentation followed by a 10-minute Q&A

Speaker Bios

Mary Burgess is the executive director of BC Campus which supports the work of the B.C. post-secondary system in the areas of teaching, learning and educational technology. Prior to joining BCcampus in 2012, Mary Burgess was the Director of the Centre for Teaching and Educational Technologies at Royal Roads University where she started the University’s first open educational resources project. She is a career instructional designer and longtime advocate of OER.

Dr. Elizabeth Childs is an Associate Professor at Royal Roads University and the Program Head of the MA in Learning and Technology program. Her research interests include the design and implementation of flexible learning; online networked communities and, the professional development and support for learners and faculty in these emerging online learning environments.

Dr. Amy Collier is Associate Provost for Digital Learning at Middlebury College. She provides leadership in creating and sustaining a global learning community at Middlebury through the effective use of digital pedagogies and technologies. Amy studies how digital environments can foster emergence in teaching and learning.

Dr. Steve Grundy is vice-president academic and provost at Royal Roads University. He is responsible for the overall academic direction and quality of the university’s academic programs. He is particularly interested in the directions of post-secondary education, the evolution and development of online learning and new models of university governance and leadership.

Dr. Royce Kimmons is an Assistant Professor of Instructional Psychology and Technology at Brigham Young University where he studies technology integration in K-12/higher education, emergent technologies, open education, and social networks. He received his PhD from The University of Texas at Austin and formerly served as the Director of the Doceo Center for Innovation + Learning at the University of Idaho.

Dr. Jen Ross is co-director of the Digital Education group at the University of Edinburgh, teacher and former programme director on the MSc in Digital Education, and co-creator of the E-learning and Digital Cultures MOOC and the manifesto for teaching online. Her research interests include online distance education, MOOCs, digital futures, reflective practices, and museum and gallery learning and engagement.

Paul Stacey is Associate Director of Global Learning at Creative Commons. Paul’s core expertise is in adult learning, educational technology, and open education. Prior to joining Creative Commons, Paul led Open Educational Resource (OER) and professional development initiatives across all the colleges and universities in British Columbia Canada

Dr. George Veletsianos holds a Canada Research Chair in Innovative Learning and Technology and is an Associate Professor at Royal Roads University. He has dedicated his research to understanding the practices and experiences of learners, educators, and scholars in emerging online settings such as online social networks and digital environments.