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Monday, May 28 • 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Tension and Risk in Open Scholarship: A Conversation

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Spurred by the need to make education and research accessible to all, the open movement has gained ground as the Internet evolved to enable easy sharing of different forms of media and scholarship. Open practices are enabling faculty, staff and students at educational institutions in British Columbia and beyond to reduce barriers to research and education by opening their classrooms, incorporating new resources and perspectives, broadly sharing their data, and contributing to public knowledge. But the adoption of open scholarship cannot be assumed to free of biases and conflicts, and the impacts of open practices can differ depending on the context of those practices. Unaddressed tensions caused by “openness” can lead scholars, students, and community members to feel alienated, exploited, or unheard. Unexamined risks can lead to unintended outcomes for any open endeavours.

Within these intersections lies an opportunity for open scholarship: to directly examine and acknowledge the tensions and risks inherent in openness, and thereby create a space in which critical dialogue is generated and understanding of openness, including its possibilities and its risks, is deepened.

Please join a hands-on panel that will examines the threads running through different tensions in the open education, including:

*Indigenous & Traditional Knowledge: Open scholarship may not be respectful of community authority, ownership, and norms of knowledge sharing. Uncritical engagement with open in these contexts risks expropriating data and rearticulating settler colonialism in digital spaces.
*Ethics and Privacy: Open scholarship may complicate the impacts of human participants in research, retrospective digitization, and students’ right to privacy.
*Student-faculty relationships: Open pedagogies can create risks for students: are they supported and what rights do they have in terms of their privacy, copyright, and consent? Also, who benefits from open pedagogies? Are students able to use open projects created in class towards their own goals?
*Accessibility and inclusivity: Open practices may lead to digital redlining for individuals and communities and may not be truly accessible for everyone.
*Instructor-Institution relationships: Open practices may allow the appropriation of instructors’ and adjuncts’ work putting their value at risk.

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Amanda Coolidge

Executive Director, BCcampus
Amanda Coolidge is the Director of Open Education at BCcampus. She leads the BC Open Textbook Project as well as the Open Education initiatives in the province of British Columbia, Canada. The BCcampus Open Education team produces Open Educational Resources (OER) – textbooks, toolkits... Read More →

Leonora Crema

Scholarly Communications Librarian, University of British Columbia
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Sue Doner

Faculty, Instructional Designer, Camosun College
Instructional Designer: especially interested in Universal Design for Learning; Accessibility in online learning
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Erin Fields

Open Education and Scholarly Communications Librar, UBC
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David Gaertner

Instructor, UBC
David specializes in new media and digital storytelling, emphasizing the ways in which Indigenous artists, storytellers, and programmers engage the land and community with technology. As a teacher, David aims to empower Indigenous and non-Indigenous students with the skills and confidence... Read More →

Monday May 28, 2018 1:15pm - 2:45pm AKDT
Ballroom 3