Open Education Talks 2023

Open Education Talks, March 2023

We are excited to announce the second annual offering of The Open Education Talks, first offered in 2022 as The Open Pedagogy Talks, a series of lightning talks focusing on open education in post-secondary institutions. The purpose of these talks is to create an accessible, virtual space to engage in conversations about open education. We encourage talks that showcase the important role of student-educator collaborations in 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). For more information about the Open Education Talks, please contact us at Please feel free to share this invitation with your network. Thank you and we look forward to learning alongside you in this endeavour.

Organizing Committee

This initiative has been developed in partnership with the University of Calgary, Thompson Rivers University, Concordia University of Edmonton, the University of Alberta, and the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. The members of the organizing committee for the 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
  • Alysia C. Wright, Educational Development Consultant and Academic Lead, Blended and Online Learning, Taylor Institute for Teaching & Learning, University of Calgary 
  • Verena Roberts Educational Developer, Concordia University of Edmonton, and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary 
  • Carolyn Ives, Coordinator, Learning and Faculty Development, Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching Open Learning Faculty Member, Thompson Rivers University
  • Brenda Smith, Open Education Librarian, Thompson Rivers University
  • Sarah Shaughnessy, Faculty Engagement Librarian, University of Alberta
  • Christina Hendricks, Professor of Teaching, Philosophy and Academic Director, Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Technology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver 


Within the University of Calgary community, there are a variety of resources available for those either seeking Open Educational Resources (OER) for their use or those willing to develop and share content that have created.

Taylor Institute Open Education Resources Page

This site provide guidelines on how to develop your work for open use and provides links to resources which have been developed and shared by people throughout the university. Also there is access to open journals, textbooks and other resources including the services of Open Education Alberta.

University Library Repositories and Publishing Services

The university library provides support and hosting to those wishing to publish and archive publications they have completed.


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

March 1, 2023

Institutional Pathways and Open Scholarship

12:00 Opening Remarks – Organizing Committee

12:15 Harnessing the Power of Students in Open Education at the University of the Fraser Valley – Janelle Sztuhar, Claire Hay and Ashley McDougall

12:30 The Program for Open Scholarship and Education (POSE) – Breaking Down Silos of Open Practice in Higher Education – Erin Fields, Will Engle, Stephanie Savage and Rie Namba

12:45 Hybrid Literature: Playfully Researched and Openly Shared – Sandra Abegglen and Samara Schneider 

March 8, 2023

Using Open Education in Student and Academic Development 

12:00 Building Institutional Supports for Open Educational Practices – Rajiv Jhangiani 

12:15 Integrating Open Recognition into Program and Course Designs – Doug Belshaw, Laura Hilliger and Anne Hilliger 

12:30 Ill-Advised and Brave: On Pursuing Tenure in the Open – Brenna Clarke Gray 

12:45 Developing Your Teaching Dossier: A Customizable Asynchronous Series for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows – Samantha Chang and Michal Kasprzak 

1:00 Developing an OER Resume Catalogue: Creating For Users Beyond the Classroom – Noah Arney, Sarah Gibson and Leanne Mihalicz 

March 15, 2023

Using Open Educational Resources for Interactive Learning 

12:00 Bringing Novel Open Educational Practices into Nursing Education Utilizing Instagram Stories – Megan Keszler 

12:15 Using Open Education Resources and H5P Content to Prepare NCLEX Ready BScN Students – Alexis Smith

12:30 From Vision to Posting: Creating a Media-based Teachable OER Bundle – Lindsey McKay, Marco Sasso, Kenya Thompson and Sophie Mathieu 

12:45 In-class Gaming to Improve Students’ Learning Experiences in Dental Education – Nazlee Sharmin and Ava K. Chow

1:00 How AI Can Be Used to Advance Open Education – Soroush Sabbaghan 

March 22, 2023

Creating Open Educational Resources 

12:00 Open Scholarship and Strategies for Knowledge Mobilization with Multilingual Families – Andrea MacLeod, Jiya Juneja, Jasmine Sidhu, Carolina Salinas Marchant, Maya Al Banna and Catrine Demers 

12:15 Disinformation: Dealing with the Disaster - Diane Zerr & Nina Verishagen 

12:30 The Best Educational Multi Tool: OER Courses to Support Faculty and Students – Tamara Powell, Jeanne Law-Bohannon, Julie R. Newell and Kaylee Polk 

12:45 Striving for True Openness in the Creation of an Interprofessional Health Education Case - Dani Dilkes and Courtney Casserly 

1:00 Our Story: The Use of Student Content in an OER US History Textbook as an Assignment and as a Reader – Jim Ross-Nazzal 

March 29, 2023

Partnerships for Open Education 

12:00 Open GLAM and OER – Roger Gillis

12:15 OERs in Action: Promoting Open Education Resources on Campus – Sarah Fakhri and Rachel Harris 

12:30 Using Open Education in Alternative Assessment Design – Eliana Elkhoury 

12:45 Students as Educators in Open Education – Jessica Schultchen

1:00 Increase Accessibility to Publications Through Language Translation of Open Resources – Bruna Nogueira, Amber Hartwell, Christy Thomas and Barbara Brown