Open Education Week at UBC is happening March 5–11.
RSVP for events and learn more about what Open Access and Open Education means for researchers, students and faculty.

Open Access is a movement encouraging the removal of barriers to scholarly research so that scholarly work is accessible to people everywhere. Access is available to everyone: students, policy makers, health care workers, professionals, educators, scholars in the developing world, and the public.

Open Access Publishing

Publishing Open Access provides researchers with a way to share their findings with scholars and students worldwide while protecting their authors’ rights and is increasingly a requirement of funding organizations.

Learn how to make your research openly available.


Open Education

Open Education allows educators to share, manage and use education resources such as open textbooks, lesson plans, quizzes, videos, interactive activities and presentations.

Access UBC’s Open Education repositories.

Open Textbooks

Open textbooks are openly licensed resources that are available online to be freely used by students, teachers, and members of the public

Access Open Textbooks.


Open Collections

Open Collections is a publicly-accessible collection of digital photos, books, newspapers, maps, videos, theses and more.

Access UBC’s Open Collections


RSVP now for Open Education Events!

Uncommon Women Panel

Date & Time: Monday, March 5, 5-8 p.m.
Location: Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre, Segal Rooms 1400 and 1410

Register online

Wine and appetizers: 5-6 p.m.
Session from 6-8 p.m. 

Join Kelsey Merkley as she interviews and facilitates a conversation with a few of the UnCommon Women (Kory Wilson, Surita Jhangiani, Gwen Bird, and Rosie Redfield) in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia.

Open in Action

Date & Time: Tuesday, March 6, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Location: Richmond KPU Melville Centre for Dialogue

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Lunch provided.

Join faculty, staff and students at KPU Richmond Campus- Melville Centre for Dialogue to celebrate the Open Education Movement in BC.

Freedom to Read Week:  A Dialogue on Information Access

Date & Time: Wednesday, March 7, 12 -2 p.m.
Location: Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Dodson Room

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Join BCLA Student Chapter’s annual Freedom to Read Week by welcoming librarians from universities and colleges across the Lower Mainland to discuss making research and information accessible, both at the university and in the wider community.

OpenStreetMap Mapping Party

Date & Time: Thursday, March 8, 1-2:30 p.m.
Location: Koerner Library, Room 216

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Join an introductory session and mapping party and contribute to the freely accessible, non-commercial dataset of the world – OpenStreetMap (OSM). Contributions from this mapping party are toward Building Canada 2020 (BC2020i) – a nation-wide initiative to map all of Canada’s buildings by 2020. 

Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-athon

Date & Time: Saturday, March 10 + Sunday March 11, 12-5 p.m.
Location: Belkin Gallery and Western Front

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Art and feminist communities around the world converge to update Wikipedia entries in an effort to correct the website’s gendered biases, to bolster the representation of female-identifying persons indexed within the ubiquitous online resource, and to encourage female editorship.

Learning Analytics & Open Data Hackathon

Date & Time: Saturday, March 10 + Sunday, March 11, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Location: Sauder Learning Labs

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During this two-day hackathon, participants will form teams,work hands on an open data set, and propose and design visualizations and dashboards and then show off what they accomplished at the end of the weekend with a brief presentation.

For more about Open Education resources and practices at UBC visit