Open Education Impact Report September 2019 – April 2020

Recently the Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office released an open education impact report showcasing some of the year’s highlights and accomplishments.

For more information, or to share feedback please contact

Read the Report

The new Open UBC site has launched today on Aug 26, Monday morning.

Goals for the site relaunch

There were three goals for the site relaunch. We wanted to:

  • Broaden the site focus by including Open Access and Open Research as major themes of the site, since they are important component of the open scholarship movement.
  • Include and point to resources that are available on other UBC websites.
  • Improve the user experience of the site so that the resources are easily accessible by faculty members, students and staff who are interested in open scholarship.


May 2018 – Usability Testing

poster of open ubc website UX session

Poster of Open UBC Website Review (by Rie Namba, CC by SA 3.0)

On May 22, 2018, we hosted a small usability test event for the Open UBC site. During the usability testing, we asked participants to bring their own device (for ex: laptop, tablet, mobile) and go through the user testing survey provided. Two faculty members, one undergraduate student, one graduate student and one staff participated the usability testing event.

Overall, we found out from the usability testing that:

  • Some users were confused with some of the terminology of the websites (For example: Open Practice).
  • Some users had hard time finding resources due to the structure of the landing pages.

Many users accessed the “Project” (now it is called “Examples”) page to see what their colleagues were creating. Learning from the feedback we received during the usability testing, we aimed to create a new website that is more simple and improves user experience.

Oct 2018 – Card Sorting Activity

card sorting activity

photograph from the Card Sorting Activity (by Rie Namba -CC by SA 3.0)

On Oct 2018, with a small group from the Library and CTLT (Erin Fields, Cindy Underhill, Will Engle, Lucas Wright and Rie Namba), we designed the new architecture for the new Open UBC site, and did a “card sorting activity” to map out existing pages in the Open UBC site to the new architecture. As a result, we had gaps with resources in Research, Data, and Access sections.

March 2019- Sprint

On March 2019, we organized a sprint and invited a group of expertise (Erin Fields, Stephanie Savage, Rie Namba, Will Engle, Leonora Crema, Matthew Vis-Dumbar, Sarah Parker, Alex Kuskowski, Eirian Vining) to create a “Get Started” page for “Research” “Data” and “Access”. The summary of the sprint can be found in the wiki page below:

Open UBC Website Sprint March 2019

March 2019 ~ Aug 26 – Iteration

During this period of time, we worked on an iteration of the new Open UBC site. We asked feedbacks for the new Open UBC site from the Open UBC Working Group , which is a working group that supports emerging and ongoing open projects at UBC and beyond. We then edited the new Open UBC site according to the feedback.

Give us Feedback and Contribute to the Open UBC site

If you are excited about contributing to the Open UBC site, there are various ways that you can contribute to the site:


When: April 9, 5-6:30pm

Where: Koerner Library, 3rd floor entrance by the fireplace

Register: It’s Free!  Just register so we can get a handle on catering.


To celebrate National Poetry Month, Koerner Library will be hosting some of our own local poets for a night of food and verse.  Please join us and enjoy readings from:

Kevin McNeilly, UBC

  • Kevin McNeilly writes poetry and critical non-fiction, and collaborates with creative musicians on text-based performances and recordings. His first collection of poems, Embouchure, appeared from Nightwood Editions in 2011. His poems have appeared in such journals as Canadian Literature, Event, The Malahat Review, West Coast Line, The Antigonish Review, The Fiddlehead, Descant and Ariel

Renee Saklikar, SFU

  • Renée Sarojini Saklikar writes thecanadaproject, a life-long poem chronicle about her life from India to Canada, from coast to coast. Work from thecanadaproject appears in literary publications including The Georgia Straight, The Vancouver Review, PRISM international, Poetry is Dead, SubTerrain, Ricepaper, CV2, Ryga: a journal of provocations, Geistand Arc Poetry Magazine and is forthcoming in the recent anthologies, Alive at the Center: Contemporary Poems from the Pacific Northwest and Force Field: 77 Women Poets of British Columbia.

Elee Kraljii Gardiner, SFU

  • One of the unsung forces in Vancouver of poetic prowess and community building is Elee Kraljii Gardiner. She is an adjunct member of The Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University and a freelance writer who teaches creative writing at the Carnegie Community Centre. She is the director of “Thursdays Writing Collective” and the founder of Otter Press.

National Poetry Month is a month-long, national celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets. The concept is to widen the attention of individuals and the media—to the art of poetry, to living poets, to our complex poetic heritage, and to poetry books and journals of wide aesthetic range and concern.

The readings will take place on the 3rd floor entrance level of Koerner Library by the fireplace.

Up (2009)

By tying thousands of balloons to his home, 78-year-old Carl sets out to fulfill his lifelong dream to see the wilds of South America. Russell, a wilderness explorer 70 years younger, inadvertently becomes a stowaway.

Directed by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson 

Genre: Animation/Comedy

Run time: 96 minutes

Join us for popcorn and a movie in Koerner Library, Room 216 on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM!


Scott Pilgrim vs The World, based on a series of graphic novels, is a lighthearted popcorn flick about love and music. The perfect film to watch on a lazy weekday afternoon when you’re supposed to be doing homework!

Scott Pilgrim vs The World (2010)

Directed by Edgar Wright

Genre: Action/Comedy

Run time: 112 minutes

Musician Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) falls for the girl of his dreams, Ramona Flowers. But she comes with baggage: seven ex-lovers, with each of whom Scott must do battle to the death in order to win Ramona’s heart.

Get the hot girl. Defeat her evil exes. Hit love where it hurts.

Join us in Koerner Library, Room 216 on Friday, February 21, 2014 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM!



This workshop will introduce you to a variety of alerting tools for conferences, calls for papers, and funding opportunities in the humanities and social sciences. You will learn the different scholarly activities available to you, databases and web tools for locating these opportunities, and alerting tools such as RSS feeds for receiving updates.


Are you a graduate student and new to UBC? Would you like to know more about what the library has to offer? This basic workshop will provide you with a a overview of some of the key services and resources available to you from the library.

Location: Koerner Library, Rm 217, Point Grey Campus


Location: Koerner Library, Rm 217, Point Grey Campus

American History in Video –

Offers over 4000 videos on American History from production and content partners Newsreel Films and Documentary Educational Resources, additional PBS and The History Channel titles, archival footage from NASA and NARA, Universal Newsreel, and others.

North American Indian Drama

An expanding collection showcasing the broadening field of Native American drama and theatrical scripts written by playwrights who are members of the indigenous nations of North America.  New content added regularly.

Opera in Video –

Almost 200 videos of the world’s most important opera performances, captured on video through staged productions, interviews, and documentaries.  New content added regularly.

World History in Video –

Includes over 310 critically acclaimed documentaries exploring earliest civilizations to the late twentieth century.  New material added regularly

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