Creative Communities - BC Library Conference 2015
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Friday, May 22 • 9:00am - 9:43am
F03 - "Open Knowledge": A MOOCish Experiment in Creative Communities and Library Education LIMITED

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In the fall of 2014, five instructors from five universities in Canada, the United States, Mexico, and Ghana came together with over 50,000 students from around the world to create a new learning experience on the themes of openness and participation, including modules on open education, open access, participatory culture, and more. "Open Knowledge: Changing the Global Course of Learning" is a MOOC -- a massive, open, online course, freely available to anyone with an internet connection and a desire to learn with others. In addition to the non-credit, MOOC participation, five cohorts of credit students joined the course, including iSchool students from UBC, Publishing students from SFU, Education students from Stanford University, Business students from Fordham University, and Political & Social Science students from the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México. Students engaged not only in the critical ideas within the themes of the course, but also developed their digital literacy skills, learning to use a variety of social media and digital creation tools to connect with one another (as well as with experts in the field) and complete “hands-on” activities to find, identify, evaluate, use, and remix openly licensed content from the web, including text, images, audio, and video files. In creating the course, our goal was to facilitate a dialogue on the critical role of active, engaged participation within communities, and the importance of openness to allow for this to develop in meaningful, empowering ways. Libraries are a key platform for transformative participation, and librarians and library staff require new knowledge and new skills to make this a success. Join us for a discussion of learning, connecting, participation, library education, and upcoming open learning opportunities.


Victoria Lam

Victoria holds a Masters of Arts from the University of Manchester, and is currently working to attain her Master of Library Information Science from the School of Library, Information and Archival Studies at the University of British Columbia.

Lauren Maggio

Lauren is the Director of Research and Instruction at Stanford University’s medical library. Lauren has a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science and a Master of Arts in Children’s Literature from the... Read More →

Kevin Stranack

Kevin Stranack is a Learning Coordinator of Public Knowledge Project at Simon Fraser University Library. Kevin works with the Simon Fraser University Library’s Public Knowledge Project, leading its community services and learning initiatives. Kevin has a Master of Library and Information... Read More →


Friday May 22, 2015 9:00am - 9:43am PDT
Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Cedarbridge Room 7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC
  • Sponsored by: Simon Fraser University Library