Open Education Day

Open Education Day

In partnership with:

  • eCampus Ontario
  • ​Undergraduate Student Alliance
  • Western University Science Students' Council
  • Western University Students' Council
  • Western Teaching Support Centre
  • Western Libraries

Keynote: Serving social justice and pedagogical innovation with open educational practices

Higher education promises to be a vehicle for economic and social mobility; however, this promise increasingly goes begging as our institutions are structured to reinforce existing inequalities, with engagement, persistence, and achievement still closely tied to affordability. The oft-heard institutional claim to be student-centered is similarly hypocritical, as it is usually faculty, accreditation requirements, and budgetary constraints that dictate both the structure and content of the learning experience. It is against the backdrop of such paradoxes that open education practices have emerged as a transformational force in higher education. Open educational practices (OEP) encompass the creation, adaptation, and adoption of open educational resources, open course development, and even the design of renewable assignments where students are empowered as co-creators of knowledge. OEP represents a truly learner-centered approach to education that radically enhances both agency and access. This presentation will draw on a diverse set of examples to make a case for why the shift away from traditional (closed) practices is not only desirable but also inevitable, and how OEP support the modern university’s mission by serving both social justice and pedagogical innovation.

Rajiv Jhangiani

Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani is the University Teaching Fellow in Open Studies and a Psychology Professor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver, BC, where he conducts research in open education and the scholarship of teaching and learning. A recipient of the Robert E. Knox Master Teacher Award from the University of British Columbia and the Dean of Arts Teaching Excellence award at KPU, Dr. Jhangiani serves as an Open Education Advisor to BCcampus, an Associate Editor of Psychology Learning and Teaching, and an Ambassador for the Center for Open Science. His most recent book is Open: The Philosophy and Practices that are Revolutionizing Education and Science (2017). You can find him online @thatpsychprof or


8:30am Registration & Refreshments  
9:00pm-9:30am Introductions McKellar Theatre
9:30am-10:30am Keynote: Rajiv Jhangiani, Open Education Advocate McKellar Theatre
10:30am-11:00am Keynote Q&A McKellar Theatre
11:00am-11:30am Break  
11:30am-12:30pm Open Ontario: an eCampusOntario Lunch and Learn The Wave
12:30pm-1:30pm Finding & Evaluating Open Educational Resources McKellar Theatre
1:30pm-2:30pm The Student Impact of Open Educational Resources

McKellar Theatre

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For other questions about this event, please contact Lauren Anstey.