ETUG 25th Anniversary Conference 
June 20 & 21, 2019
Thompson Rivers University 
**Parking - It’s best to park in Lots J, K or N. Parking on campus is $5.00/day and free after 5:00pm.**
Keynote’s on Day 1 & 2 as well as Gasta Session are available on Livestream - Link to watch.
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Thursday, June 20 • 10:10am - 11:10am
Fostering a culture of openness: a work in progress LIMITED

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This presentation will discuss the factors and tensions that were identified as we attempt to foster a culture of openness in an institution while it developed a graduate program with openness as a core design principle. Openness was adopted as a program goal predicated on the philosophical stance that openness and open educational practices facilitate collaboration and cultivate networked learning in its many forms as necessitated by the digital age.

This presentation will discuss factors including institutional norms, leadership, relationships, humility and criticality that were identified as being instrumental in fostering a culture of openness at the school, faculty, and university levels. It will share the tensions and conceptual, practical and technical challenges experienced in developing a culture of openness in a higher education institution that to date has no formal institutional open education strategy or open policy in place. After setting stage, we will engage participants using an OER tool that has been developed by the authors to assist in identifying factors in their own institution that may facilitate the inclusion of openness in its many forms. Tensions and enablers will be identified and strategies for moving forward individually and collectively will be discussed.

The suggested flow for the workshop is as follows:
•Welcome and orientation to the work and the research (10 – 15 min)
•Individual completion of the OER tool for identifying tensions and enablers in fostering openness (15 min)
•Pair/share or group review tensions and enablers identified (20 min)
•Large group discussion, feedback and next steps (10 min)

We believe that openness in practice is much more complex than advocates note, and we hope that by sharing our experiences, and discussing them with other practitioners will benefit our collective ability to navigate the complexities that are inherent in the act of implementation.

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Jo Axe

Professor, School of Education and Technology, Royal Roads University
Royal Roads University
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Elizabeth Childs

Professor & Program Head, Royal Roads University
Elizabeth a Professor and Program Head in the School of Education and Technology and Royal Roads University. She is interested in the design, creation and implementation of flexible learning environments that incorporate the affordances of information and communication technology... Read More →
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Keith Webster

Associate Director - Learning Technologies, Royal Roads University
I have been an educator for several decades. As an instructor in the Canadian Forces, with a brief turn as a high school teacher, becoming an educational technologist and instructional designer at the University of Victoria in 2004. I became an instructional designer at Royal Roads... Read More →

George Veletsianos

Royal Roads University

Thursday June 20, 2019 10:10am - 11:10am PDT
Grand Hall - Rm 210 Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC, Canada