#RDRinYVR: Dr. Robin DeRosa talks open education with Langara

On MarchRobin DeRosa at Langara 21st, Langara kicked off Open Education Week 2017 with a visit from renowned open education researcher and advocate Dr. Robin DeRosa.

Entitled Beyond OER: The Promises, Pitfalls, and Potential of Open Education, Robin’s keynote presentation focused on three key questions:

  1. How can we make college more affordable?
  2. How can we improve learning?
  3. How can we maximize the impact of our research?.

The live stream, generously provided by EdTech and IT, drew close to 40 online attendees from Canada, the United States, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.

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Academic Innovation Directory – updated for May 2017

For Langara employees… This updated directory includes all the areas represented within the Academic Innovation portfolio:

  • Library and Learning Commons
  • CAPER-BC
  • Educational Technology (EdTech)
  • Teaching & Curriculum Development Centre (TCDC)
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Library Instruction Reminder for Summer 2017!

Need to make sure your students are ready for research this term? Consider booking library instruction for your classes! This summer, we are piloting a re-vitalized Introduction to Research tutorial. If you would like your class to be in the pilot for a new, more interactive tutorial, please let your subject librarian know.

Your subject librarian can help your students obtain vital information literacy skills from basic research to subject-specific strategies. In-person classes and online assignment guides can be catered specifically to your assignments and give your students a leg up on their research. For general skills, we also offer three online tutorials.

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Brent Searle Receives IUG Beacon Award

Brent Searle Beacon AwardBrent Searle, Systems Manager at Langara Library, accepted the 2017 Beacon Award on April 3, 2017 during the 2017 Innovative Users Group (IUG) Annual Conference in Baltimore.

This award honours “exceptional service to the Innovative Users Community through presentations, collaboration, selfless dedication to libraries as a whole, and sage advice to others via the IUG List. While a great implementation is the product of a great employee, the IUG Beacon Award will acknowledge great community members – people who help others attain greatness and share the knowledge that they gained in the process.”

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Scholarship Café review: Opening Up Teaching and Learning & more

Scholarship Café attendees enjoyed seeing all the faculty and students’ work represented — very impressive!  This year’s venue of the T-Gallery with professionally printed posters (thank you C&M) provided a polished and dynamic event.  Read about Opening up Teaching and LearningMy Student Success Course, and Langara Makerspace.

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Heard it on the news…

Academica Top Ten, Chronicle of Higher Education, and other sources are a great way to stay connected. Some of the full text articles are open access and others have premium content to which the Library subscribes to help satisfy your professional growth and development.  Below are recent articles on boosting retention, leadership/life balance, quiet hallways, working with unreasonably passionate colleagues and more…

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Help Us Name Our Institutional Repository!

Do you want to win a $100 gift certificate to Oakridge Mall?

Langara is creating our own institutional repository (IR) and we need your help in naming it!

UBC has cIRcle, SFU has Summit, Douglas has DOOR, the Justice Institute of BC has THE VAULT. What will Langara’s IR be called?

An institutional repository is a free, open, online archive to collect, preserve, and share our digital creations. It will be a home for student work, faculty research, and interesting digital documents from the history of Langara.

Enter the contest here.

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Library and Learning Commons Summer+Fall Reports

In 2016, the summer and fall semesters morphed so quickly into one-another we didn’t have an opportunity to pause before now.  Below are:

Library Services Report: Summer and Fall 2016 – reports on our record-setting semesters and new initiatives.

Learning Commons Report: Summer and Fall 2016 – includes update on fall 2016 student surveys and reports from Tutoring services, Write-Away, and upcoming priorities

 

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The Promises, Pitfalls, and Potential of Open Education: Robin DeRosa visits Langara on March 21

 

According to a recent study, the price of college textbooks increased by an astounding 88% between 2006 and 2016. It’s no wonder that open educational resources (OER)—resources that can be freely used, shared, and adapted for teaching and learning—are often celebrated for keeping money in students’ pockets. And yet, the benefits of OER extend much farther than cost-savings alone.

In her talk Beyond OER: The Promises, Pitfalls, and Potential of Open Education, renowned open education researcher and advocate Robin DeRosa will explore how OER, open licenses, and digital technologies can be leveraged to empower learners, contribute to the knowledge commons, and reinvigorate the mission of colleges and universities.

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Teaching Students How to Spot “Fake News”

In a December report from the Pew Research Center, 64% of American adults surveyed said that “fake news” sows “a great deal of confusion about the basic facts of current events.” And while almost a quarter admit that they have shared a “fake news” story on social media, 39% still express that they are “very confident in their ability to recognize made-up news stories.”

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