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[T.E.L.L. May] Growing an Open Educator Community


When: 12 Noon (PDT) Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Where: T.E.L.L. sessions are held in the ETUG Blackboard Collaborate Room
Who:  Brian Lamb, Thompson Rivers University and  Will Engle, University of BC, Centre for Teaching & Learning


Brian Lamb is Director of Innovation Open Learning, Thompson Rivers University. Prior to moving to TRU earlier this year, Brian was a Strategist and Emerging Technologies Manager at UBC’s Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology for more than a decade. His work focuses on participatory online tools, open practices, student and community engagement. He co-founded blog and wiki platforms that were among the earliest such campus services. He’s been a Research Fellow at Utah State University’s Center for Open and Sustainable Learning (COSL), and a Visiting Researcher at Barcelona’s Open University of Catalonia.
Will Engle is a teaching and learning strategist at UBC and he is engaged with projects that are leveraging emerging technologies, approaches, and pedagogies to support flexible and open learning.  With a background in library science, Will is interested in understanding and supporting the removal of barriers to accessing education, information, and knowledge. He can be found on twitter at @infology.
Why: Lunch n’ Learn sessions are opportunities to learn together about current topics of interest to educational practitioners. Participants are encouraged to remix and repurpose materials used in these sessions for use at their own institutions. There is no charge or registration required. Grab your lunch and join us!

Session Description: Growing an Open Educator Community

As open education continues to evolve, new challenges emerge in terms of supporting a growing community of practitioners. As we work to adopt open textbooks, share resources, and develop more dynamic and effective learning environments, how can we help one another to ensure the best prospects for realizing the promise of open education?
This session will describe some of the ongoing strategies for cooperating here in the province, as well as an upcoming series of initiatives. We hope the session will generate discussion that will inform and facilitate the continued development of a community of practitioners in the region.

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