Open Access Week at UBC is happening October 21-27 2019.
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 Access Events!

How to Create Inclusive and Accessible OER

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Location: Irving K Barber Learning Centre, Chilcotin Room 256

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In this webinar, we will talk about how to design OER so they are more inclusive and accessible for all students. This will include an overview of the technical considerations of digital accessibility.

Can we decolonize open?

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 22, 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Kwantlen Polytechnic University, 8771 Lansdowne Road, Richmond BC; Wilson School of Design, Room 4900

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Join Langara, Kwantlen, BCIT, SFU, and UBC for an exciting half-day celebration of Open Access Week (Oct 21-27, 2019). This year’s theme from SPARC is Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge. Our keynote speaker, Jessie Loyer, will explore this question alongside participants through the lens of decolonization. The conversation will continue with local panelists engaged in open knowledge work. Light refreshments will be served courtesy of our partner BCcampus. All are welcome.

Open Scholarship in Practice 2019

Date & Time: Friday, October 25, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Location: Koerner Library, 5th floor, Room 540

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Join us for a full day of hands-on workshops exploring the practice of open scholarship from new tools that can increase the reproducibility of research to new pedagogies that become possible when students and faculty members become co-creators engaged in meaningful, generative knowledge creation. Hear from UBC colleagues who are incorporating “openness” in innovative ways to enhance teaching, research, and public impact.

Planning for Open: Adapting and Creating OER and Open Textbooks

Date & Time: Monday, November 4, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Location: Irving K Barber Learning Centre, Chilcotin Room 256

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This session will explore planning and process strategies for adapting and developing open textbooks and resources. It will examine different methods for collaborating and developing resources, including textbook sprints, engaging students as co-creators, textbook writing project management, and learning design best practices for open resources. If you are preparing to develop a proposal for the OER Fund or simply are interested integrating open resources into your teaching, this session will provide an in-depth overview to help you get started.

For more about Open Access resources and practices at UBC visit