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Open Textbooks: Open Minds



A Colloquium Exploring Re-Use of Open Resources to Improve Quality and Access

March 5, 2019 from 1:30pm - 3:30pm.
Blackburn Room, 4th Floor, Robarts Library

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Are you curious about the potential of open textbooks to positively impact both curriculum design and student learning?

Join us for an opportunity to hear about recent initiatives that illuminate the growing movement toward use of open educational resources in higher education.  

This event will showcase the findings of a recent University of Guelph study exploring the impact of cost and access to course materials on student success. In addition, University of Toronto instructors, librarians, staff and graduate students who have had first hand experience in the creation and adaptation of open textbooks will share their strategies and insights.

Open Textbooks: Open Minds is hosted by the University of Toronto Libraries and Information Technology Services - Online Learning Strategies in celebration of Open Education Week 2019 and will feature projects recently funded by eCampusOntario. Faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, librarians, and staff from all three campuses at University of Toronto and beyond are welcome to attend.

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This event will be recorded. The link to the video is here.


Accessible Venue. Single-user, all-gender washrooms available. Contact if you have questions about accessibility.


Interested in gaining hand-on experience in using Pressbooks, a tool for creating, adapting, and publishing open textbooks? Register for our Pressbooks Workshop on Friday, March 8th!





Time Topic Speaker(s)
1:30-1:40 Opening Remarks and Introductions Julie Hannaford (University of Toronto Libraries)
1:40-2:10 University of Guelph: Student Advocacy, #textbookbroke Surveys and Next Steps Heather Martin (University of Guelph)
2:15-2:40 Open Textbook Project Support: Learning Through Practice Laurie Harrison (University of Toronto - Online Learning Strategies) & Wendy Freeman (Ryerson University)
2:45-3:10 Instructor Perspective on eCampusOntario-funded adaptation experience Sanja Hinic-Frlog (University of Toronto Mississauga - Biology)
3:10-3:30 Student collaborators perspective on OE adaptation experience Ingrid Barany; Maksym Shcherbina (University of Toronto - Human Biology)



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