Open Education Talks 2024

Open Education Talks

The Open Education Talks (previously called the Open Pedagogy Talks) are a series of 15-minute lightning talks about facets of open education including open pedagogy and learning, utilizing open educational resources, and integrating open strategies and technologies in higher education. The purpose of these talks is to create an accessible, virtual space to engage in conversations about open education. We encourage talks that are student-led or otherwise showcase the important role of student-educator collaborations in open education, and welcome proposals from educators, students, administrators, librarians, instructional designers, and all other roles related to the design, delivery, and evaluation of open education in post-secondary institutions.

Our Understanding of Open Education

For these talks, we share our understanding of open education, which is from the UNESCO Cape Town Declaration: “…open education is not limited to just open educational resources. It also draws upon open technologies that facilitate collaborative, flexible learning and the open sharing of teaching practices that empower educators to benefit from the best ideas of their colleagues” (UNESCO Cape Town Declaration, 2018).

Mobilizing Open Education

Some of the ways that you may be engaged in open education are:

  • Intentionally designing programs and courses that are accessible
  • Working with students as partners to co-design digital learning materials, open educational resources, and considering Creative Commons licensing 
  • Sharing resources and materials with colleagues through teaching and learning networks
  • Selecting open course materials that can be utilized by students regardless of their location
  • Adopting, adapting, creating, and sharing new learning materials within and beyond institutions

These are just a few examples of facets of open education that are being mobilized at post-secondary institutions. We are excited to invite everyone to share their practices and experiences with Open Education in these talks.

Call for 2024 Proposals

Proposals are no longer being accepted for 2024

Register for the 2024 OE Talks

***Register here!***


There will be 5 speakers per session, per day, for a total of 20 speakers over the course of 4 lunchtime sessions every Wednesday in March 2024. Speakers will have a 15-minute session in which they can discuss their practice and take questions from participants. All talks will be hosted online via Zoom.

Important Dates: 

  • Proposal Deadline: December 18, 2023
  • Speakers Notified: January 15-January 26, 2024
  • Registration Open: January 15, 2024

Talks Schedule:

Every Wednesday in March 2024 at 12:00 PM MST to 1:30PM MST via Zoom. Scroll down for details.


There are four streams for the lightning talks. Speakers are invited to indicate which stream(s) their talk best aligns with on their proposal. Participants will be able to choose which talks and streams that they want to engage with upon registration.

  • Exploring Open Education: These talks focus on the facets of open education, why it has been impactful in higher education, and examples in higher education. Some related topics include:
    • How open education enhances and expands teaching approaches and related pedagogies
    • Student perspectives on engaging in open educational practices and advocacy for OER
    • Reconceptualizing open education to reflect Indigenous ways of knowing and land-based learning; respecting that not everything should be open
    • Considering impacts of generative artificial intelligence on open education practices
  • Open Learning Design: These talks focus on integrating open learning into current and future program and course designs. Some related topics include:
    • Areas of open learning design, including process, sharing knowledge and ideas, and development of materials and activities
    • Integrating open pedagogy strategies into pre-existing courses
    • Instructional re/design of programs and courses and curriculum review  based on open educational practices or approaches
    • Using learning technologies to promote open learning in face-to-face, blended, online courses, and HyFlex courses
    • Using open practices to centre student voices in a process of co-creation
  • Creating Open Educational Resources: These talks focus on creating, identifying, using, and sharing open educational resources in higher education. Some related topics include:
    • Increasing equity, diversity, inclusion and/or accessibility through the use of open educational resources
    • Selecting the most suitable open educational resources for your course
    • Partnering with students to advocate for expanded use and adoption of open educational resources
    • Utilizing open educational resources and practices in diverse courses and programs
  • Open Scholarship and Research Practices: These talks focus on how educators integrate open research into their courses and scholarship of teaching and learning practices. Some related topics include:
    • Engaging students as partners in course-based research projects
    • Openly accessible knowledge mobilization (e.g., sharing on institutional repository, creating online resources, open review, networked communities)
    • How research and scholarship begins and impacts scholarship, teaching, and learning more broadly
    • Research interconnections between courses, programs, community

Proposal Review and Scheduling

Proposals will be reviewed by the steering committee and speakers will be notified by January 26, 2024. The steering committee will coordinate with speakers to determine streams, dates and times for their talks.

All times listed Mountain Time.
Each presentation will be 15 minutes in length. Question and Answer will follow the last presentation each day.

March 6, 2024

Open Education in STEM

12:00: Improving Success and Retention of Entry Level University Biological Sciences Students Through Creation of Open Videos Supporting Basic Chemistry Education – Natasha Ramroop-Singh

12:15: The Collaborative Creation of Buds, Branches and Bark – Julia Alards-Tomalin

12:30: Developing Digital Skills Through a Student-Facilitated Open Educational Resource – Kelly Schrum and Allison Loughry

12:45: Empowering Education through Code: Collaborative Creation of Open Educational Resources – Shauna Roch and Jason Benoit 

1:00: Development of the General Biology Open Educational Resource (OER) Laboratory Manual – Dmitry Brogun, Farshad Tamari, Azure Faucette, and Kristin Polizzotto

March 13, 2024
Course Design and Open Learning Design

12:00: Promoting Open Scholarship and Research Practices in Undergraduate Research Methods Courses – Cassie Whitt

12:15: Orienting Technology Tools Towards Open Education – Michelle Harrison and Michael Paskevicius

12:30: Open Press: Supporting Openness at Thompson Rivers University – Marie Bartlett, Brenna Clarke Gray, Dani Collins, Jessica Obando Almache, Kailyn Meyers and Ananya Kamboj

12:45: Creating a Toolkit to Facilitate Adoption of Affordable Resources and Open Pedagogy in the Course Development Process – Regina Seguin, Brent Swearingen, Melissa Chim, and Maribel Castro

1:00: Textbook Launch: From University to Career: Creating a Successful Transition – Jamie Noakes, Sarah Gibson, and Leanne Mihalicz

March 20, 2024
Collaborative Open Education

12:00: Small Steps: Students Co-creating Classroom Tools as a Gateway into Compassionate Open Education – Lydia Watson, Jen Goerzen, and Gabriela Donato de Sena

12:15: Patients as Teachers; Students as Designers: A Framework for OER Co-design – Dani Dilkes, Courtney Casserly, Erin Lin, Wilma Koopman

12:30: Instagram Stories as a Medium for Highlighting Your Program – Megan Keszler

12:45: Keeping the Person in Personalized Learning: An Open Education Approach to Political Science Courses – Shawna M. Brandle

1:00: Open For All: Findings from an OER Accessibility Audit – Carolyn Jackson, Gwendolyn Sibley, and Makay Davis

March 27, 2024
The Future of Open Education

12:00: Open Education Practices: Open Case Studies and Frameworks in Ethical Leadership – Alana Hoare, Rumana Patel, and Olubukola Osuntade

12:15: Visioning the Future Openly: Creating an OER on GenAI - Sandra Abegglen, Chrissi Nerantzi, Marianna Karatsiori, Antonio M. Arboleda

12:30: Using Reading Guides to Help Students Read the Textbook and Improve Exam Scores – Justin Shaffer

12:45: Open Technology to Improve Open Education through the Analysis of Learning Designs and Teaching Practices – Sabine Graf

1:00: OERs in Student Action: Promoting Open Education Resources on Campus – Sarah Fakhri and Rachel Harris


This initiative has been developed in partnership with the University of Calgary, Thompson Rivers University, and the University of Alberta. The members of the organizing committee for the 2024 Open Education Talks are:

  • Sarah Adams, Open Education Librarian, University of Calgary
  • Barbara Brown, Associate Dean Teaching and Learning, Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary
  • Carolyn Ives, Coordinator, Learning and Faculty Development, Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching and Open Learning Faculty Member, Thompson Rivers University
  • Patrick H. Hanlon, Teaching and Learning Facilitator, Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary
  • Christie Hurrell, Associate Librarian, University of Calgary 
  • Verena Roberts, Instructional Designer, Thompson Rivers University and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary 
  • Sarah Shaughnessy, Open Publishing and Open Education Librarian, University of Alberta
  • Brenda Smith, Open Education Librarian, Thompson Rivers University
  • Alysia C. Wright, Educational Development Consultant and Academic Lead, Blended and Online Learning, Taylor Institute for Teaching & Learning, University of Calgary 

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