Celebrating Open Access Week 2020

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How can instructors create their own interactive content for online courses? How can using open platforms increase equity and inclusion in teaching? Where can instructors find high-quality, openly licensed educational materials?

Join McMaster University Library and the MacPherson Institute for virtual sessions on these topics and more in celebration of International Open Access Week.

An annual global event, Open Access Week (Oct. 19–25) celebrates advances in Open Access, Open Data and Open Education – all part of a worldwide movement to make scholarly publications, data, and educational resources available, free of legal, financial or technical barriers for the benefit of researchers, students, and society as a whole.

Learn more about Open Access initiatives at McMaster
Learn more about Open Educational Resources (OER)


Leveraging the Power of Open: Finding and Using Open Educational Resources for your Teaching and Learning 

Monday, October 19, 2020 | 11:00 am-12 noon

Education is currently facing a tremendous challenge with the shift of teaching and learning to an online format. Tapping into Open Educational Resources (OER) is an excellent path forward for finding, creating and customizing openly licensed materials for your teaching and learning. OER are educational materials (including textbooks, modules, streaming media, simulations, images and much more) that can be accessible, adaptable, time-saving and engaging alternatives to commercially published textbooks or having to create learning materials from scratch. Participants will leave this workshop with an understanding of the variety of sources and collections that exist for OER, including McMaster’s own OER By Discipline Guide,. Explore examples of how these resources have been successfully used in online courses. Join us and discover how to best source and use open content in your teaching and learning.

Presenter: Joanne Kehoe, Lead Educational Developer, Digital Pedagogy (MacPherson Institute)


Increasing Equity and Inclusion through Small Course Design Changes using Open Education Methods

Monday, October 19, 2020 | 2:00 pm-3:00 pm

Increasing equity and inclusion can occur by making small changes and opening up aspects of a course. Equity and inclusion can promote retention, increase student confidence and participation, and improve the learning experience. These benefits are particularly valuable when students feel isolated while studying online. This interactive webinar will explore minor instructional design options for opening parts of a course. For example, making assignment instructions and purposes explicit, allowing students to influence the course curriculum and content presentation, and fostering constructive student-student interactions using open platforms.

Presenter: Danielle Dubien, Educational Developer (MacPherson Institute)


Teaching in the Open: McMaster OER Grant Updates

Thursday, October 22, 2020 | 10:30 am-11:30 am

Interested in how your colleagues are incorporating open education into their teaching? Hear from the 2020-2021 OER Grantees as they update us on their awarded projects. Learn about the projects (one Adaptation and two Creation); hear about the grantees’ experiences, so far; and learn about next steps and goals for the projects. There will be time for Q&A and discussion after the presentations. Learn more about the OER Grant which will be offered again in Spring 2021.


  • Zhen He, Assistant Professor (Economics)
  • Caitlin Mullarkey and Felicia Vulcu, Assistant Professors (Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences)
  • Alex Peace, Assistant Professor (School of Earth, Environment & Society)


Creating and Using Open Interactive Content with H5P 

Friday, October 23, 2020 | 11:00 am-12 noon

This webinar will introduce participants to H5P – an easy-entry interactive content creation platform supported by eCampusOntario. We will familiarize ourselves with H5P Studio, a free collaborative space where Ontario educators and learners can connect, find, create and share content. Come prepared to create your first, interactive content for use in your teaching and learning – and beyond!

Presenter: Joanne Kehoe, Lead Educational Developer, Digital Pedagogy (MacPherson Institute)


For more information about Open Access Week or OER, contact Olga Perkovic, Open Education and Scholarship Librarian.



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