In this session I would like to share the evolution of Open Education at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). As a polytechnic post-secondary institution, BCIT started to embrace open education practices and the development of pen educational resources (OER) seven years ago. A strong grant program has been in place ever since, resulting in the creation of many OER and the enhancement of student learning experiences that comes with switching traditional education practices to the Open arena. However, as an institution, BCIT is struggling to transition to a higher level of performance when it comes to integrate Open Education in our teaching and learning practices. Grant programs, as valuable and effective as they can be, are not sustainable in the end. The dependence on funding availability on a year to year basis in itself is a threat to sustaining a strategic direction with a focus on open.
In this session I would like to share some examples of what BCIT’s faculty has done in the realm of open with the support of a steady grant program, from innovative OER creation to pushing the limits of co-creation and student engagement. I would also like to share some of the impacts the grant program has had in teaching practice at BCIT and explore possibilities for a more sustainable approach to funding.
As funding sources diminish in a post-pandemic word, what strategies and actions can be implemented to continue to sustain open practices, and how can polytechnic institutions collaborate more effectively to mitigate lack of funding and maximize collaboration. Are grant programs the best way to open up education?
Presented by:: Rosario Passos
Conference Track: Thematic Session: Open issues
Track Date/Time: 2022-05-23T12:20:00Z (your local time)
Pretalx link: Open Education: Grant Programs and Sustainability at BCIT :: Open Education Global 2022 :: pretalx
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