Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by Open UBC Week. The open system that used to encourage and trust federal scientists to discuss their work has been replaced by a tightly controlled system that churns out “approved lines.” Margaret Munro’s stories exposing how the Harper government has muzzled and silenced its researchers have attracted national and international attention. Her talk will focus on Ottawa’s muzzles, media offices and message control.


Margaret Munro is an award-winning science writer with Postmedia News, which reaches millions of Canadians through its chain of newspapers including the Ottawa Citizen, Vancouver Sun and Montreal Gazette. Margaret has been to the Arctic to write about global warming, to Cape Canaveral for space launches and to remote First Nations communities to report on devastating diabetes epidemics. She has also documented the remarkable change in federal communication policy.

Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by Open UBC Week. Contemporary open education practices are based on free software and free culture movements. Join Paul Stacey from Creative Commons as he explores the extent to which Open Educational Resources, MOOC’s, open access, and other open education innovations are embodying and leveraging these movements. Add your ideas to Paul’s as he imagines the possibilities open freedoms and open practices bring to education for faculty, students, and institutions. This wide ranging session will show how open is affecting every aspect of the university’s core mission – teaching, research, data, infrastructure, and community. Open freedoms have a corresponding set of ethical practices. There is growing expectation in the digital age, where the cost of copying and distributing resources is close to zero, that public funds should result in public goods. Governments and funders are increasingly putting in place open policy that requires grantees to openly license research and curricula created with public funds. Join Paul as he explores the ways in which digital technologies and contemporary open education practices are affecting the economics and traditional business models of education. Is open a major transformation of education? Decide for yourself at this Open Freedoms / Open Practices event.

Speaker Bio:

With over 25 years as an educator in adult learning, Paul has delivered high-tech educational programs in the private and public sector around the world. AT BCcampus, Paul led initiatives to forward use of educational technology for online learning, development of open educational resources, and professional development services for educators across all of BC’s public post-secondary institutions. Now at Creative Commons Paul is working to support the build out of an education and culture commons around the world.

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