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Scholarly Communications: Open Access Week 2020

A collection of Open Access Week events and resources for 2020.

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Open Access Week Events

Selected online webinars, workshops, and presentations are taking place daily across Canada. We aware of time zones and that some events may have limited enrolment. For more events see SPARC's more comprehensive list here

Monday, October 19 | McMaster University
Leveraging the Power of Open: Finding and Using Open Educational Resources for your Teaching and Learning

Education is currently facing a tremendous challenge with the shift of teaching and learning to an online format. Tapping into Open Educational Resources (OER) is an excellent path forward for finding, creating and customizing openly-licensed materials for your teaching and learning. OER are educational materials (including textbooks, modules, streaming media, simulations, images and much more) that can be accessible, adaptable, time-saving and engaging alternatives to commercially published textbooks or having to create learning materials from scratch. Participants will leave this workshop with an understanding of the variety of sources and collections that exist for OER, including McMaster’s own OER By Discipline Guide. Explore examples of how these resources have been successfully used in online courses. Join us and discover how to best source and use open content in your teaching and learning.  

Presenter: Joanne Kehoe, Lead Educational Developer, Digital Pedagogy (MacPherson Institute)

Tuesday, October 20 | York University
Perspectives on Openness: Honouring Indigenous Ways of Knowing

October 19-26, 2020 is Open Access Week and this year’s theme is Open With Purpose: Taking Action to Build Structural Equity and Inclusion. In an era of open scholarship and research, how do we as a research community navigate and balance openness while respecting Indigenous knowledge and cultural expression? Hosted by the York University Libraries, and moderated by Stacy Allison-Cassin, Associate Librarian, this panel event offers an opportunity to encourage broader participation in conversations and actions around emerging scholarly communication issues and will center Indigenous approaches to open scholarship and research.

Join us with Alan Ojiig Corbiere, Assistant Professor (Department of History), Deborah McGregor, Associate Professor (Osgoode Hall Law School and Faculty of Environmental Studies), and Sean Hillier, Assistant Professor (School of Health Policy & Management) as they lead a discussion on the themes of openness, open scholarship, and Indigenous knowledge.

Wednesday, October 21 | University of British Columbia 
Copyright, Creative Commons, and Open Licenses

This workshop will provide an introduction to copyright, Creative Commons (CC), and open licenses. Participants will be introduced to copyright basics, including the concept of public domain and exceptions and limitations to copyright. They will learn about Creative Commons and open licensing, as well as using and applying different Creative Commons licenses.

Thursday, October 22 | Ryerson University
Mountains to Climb: Open Access and academic libraries in 2020 and Beyond 

Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. | Description: Coming Soon!

Speaker information: Jon E. Cawthorne, Ph.D. is Dean of the Wayne State University Library System which includes the University’s School of Information Sciences.  He has a Ph.D. in managerial leadership in the information professions from Simmons University and is passionate about changing organizational cultures, increasing Black, Indigenous People of Color into leadership positions in the information and publishing industry. Dean Cawthorne is the current President of the Association of College and Research Libraries and remains positive about the future.  Prior to joining WSULS, Cawthorne served as  dean of libraries at West Virginia University.  While in Morgantown, Cawthorne led an effort to remove WVU from their Big Deal in 2016.


Friday, October 23 | McMaster University
Creating and Using Open Interactive Content with H5P  

11:00 am-12 noon | This webinar will introduce participants to H5P – an easy-entry interactive content creation platform supported by eCampusOntario. We will familiarize ourselves with H5P Studio, a free collaborative space where Ontario educators and learners can connect, find, create and share content. Come prepared to create your first, interactive content for use in your teaching and learning - and beyond!

Presenter: Joanne Kehoe, Lead Educational Developer, Digital Pedagogy (MacPherson Institute)