The Program for Open Scholarship and Education (POSE) is intended for faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students with an interest in open research, open access, open data, and open education. We also invite non-UBC faculty, staff, and students at the post-secondary level to join the conversation. By completing this program you will gain the tools and strategies to become proficient in supporting and advocating for open practices.

Program Delivery

The POSE program uses both this WordPress site and a Canvas course space. On the POSE WordPress site you will find content modules, short interactive activities developed using H5P and an activity bank. The Canvas course space is primarily for tracking your progress through the POSE program and as a space for course discussions. The Canvas course space is openly available, however; in order to participate in discussions and track your progress in the course, you will need to enroll. We have described how to enroll in the course in the POSE Welcome Announcement. Please email the course team if you are having difficulties enrolling OR are enrolling late in the program.

For in-person interactions, the program will use Zoom. We will share the Zoom link with you for the synchronous sessions two-weeks before the session. If you do not have a Zoom account you will be prompted to download the software. Remember you do NOT need a Zoom account in order to access a session. If you do not want to download Zoom, you may want to access the session using a web browser. We will share recordings of synchronous sessions after the session for those of you who are unable to attend.

Program Format

The POSE program will run from January – April 2021. All content in the POSE program will be available under a Creative Commons license for re-use upon completion of the program.

The program has a total of 4 units that will be released monthly to support the cohort model. The Open Access, Open Research, and Open Education unit will contain the following:

  • 3 Modules  (Required)
  • 3 activities from the open Activity Bank (Required)
  • 1 Shared Reflection activity (Required)
  • 1 Discussion Forum activity (Required)
  • 1 Open Chat Session with guest speaker (Optional)

The final Capstone unit will guide participants through putting what they have learned in the previous units into practice through a project. The Capstone unit will offer optional Learning Lounges for participants to drop-in and discuss their projects.

Each unit will have a unit completion quiz to assist you in tracking your progress.

Program Completion

To complete the POSE program and earn the POSE certificate of completion, complete the following steps.

1. Review Getting Started

2. Attend the Kick-Off Session on January 13, 2021.

3. Complete all of the units. Units are released monthly.

Open Access

The Open Access Unit covers issues related to the economics of publishing and its impacts on academia.

The unit contains the following modules:

  • Publication Ecosystem
  • Author Rights
  • Pathways to Open

Unit Release: January

Open Research

The Open Research Unit covers issues related to transparency, reproducibility, open science, and open data.

The unit contains the following modules:

  • Open Workflows
  • Open Data
  • Open Tools

Unit Release: February

Open Education

The Open Education Unit covers practices in open education resources and open pedagogy in the classroom.

The unit contains the following modules:

  • Open Pedagogy
  • OE Resources
  • Creative Commons

Unit Release: March


The Capstone Unit will guide you through putting what you have learned in the previous POSE units into practice.

The unit contains the following modules:

  • Capstone Project Outline
  • Project Examples
  • Support and Sharing

Unit Release: April

4. Attend the Wrap-Up Session on April 29, 2021.

Learning Activities

The POSE program has developed 5 types of engagement points:

Discussion Forum activities are required in each unit. The discussion forum is a chance for you to further explore the material and reflect on what you have read or learned on this topic.

Shared Reflections activities are required in each unit. The shared reflection activity will provide examples of the different ways you can apply what you have learned in practice. This activity will directly support the Capstone Project unit.

Activity Bank assignments are required assignments in each unit. The activities will vary and may require analyzing content, engaging with a tool, or both. The completed activities are openly shared in the Activity Bank section of the site. 

Open Chats are optional for you to attend, The sessions are meant to provide you with a space to explore the unit of the month with an expert in the area. These sessions will be held monthly and will be recorded and shared.

Learning Lounges are optional for you to attend. They are drop-in sessions to provide you with an unstructured space to ask questions and work on further developing your capstone project. The sessions will be held weekly in April 2021.

Your participation is key to making the POSE program a success. We encourage you to use these opportunities to engage with each other in meaningful dialogue and practice.

Key Dates and Sessions

Pose Kick-off Session

Pose Kick-off Session
January 13, 2021
10-11:30 (PST)

Session Recording and resources

Open Access Unit

Unit Release Date
Date: January 1, 2021 (PST)

Open Chat – Challenges in Open Access
Date: Wednesday, January 20th, 2021
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm (PST)
Speaker: Mark Turin, Associate Professor, UBC Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies & Department of Anthropology.

Open Research Unit

Unit Release Date
Date: February 1, 2021 (PST)

Open Chat – Open Research
Time: Wednesday, February 10, 2021
11-12 pm (PST)
Speaker: Aled Edwards, Chief Executive of the Structural Genomics Consortium, Professor of Medical Genetics and Medical Biophysics at the University of Toronto, Visiting Professor of Chemical Biology at the University of Oxford, and Adjunct Professor at McGill University

Open Education Unit

Unit Release Date
Date: March 1, 2021 (PST)

Open Chat – Exploring Nuances of Open Educational Practices
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Time: 10:00-11:00 (PST)
Speaker: Maha Bali, Associate Professor of Practice at the Center for Learning and Teaching at the American University in Cairo

Capstone Unit

Unit Release Date
Date: April 1, 2021 (PST)

Learning Lounges
Date: Thursday, April 8, 15, and 22
Time: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm (PST)

Program Wrap-up

Program Wrap-Up Session
Date: April 29, 2021
Time: 10-11:30am (PST)

Time Commitment

This program is designed to take no more than 5-6 hours per month, not including optional sessions and materials. The program should take approximately 20-24 hours to complete. 


We would like to keep communication open between the program facilitators and you. We are always available if you reach out. We will also be sharing announcements twice monthly on Monday mornings. We will share these announcements as program updates on the POSE WordPress site. The announcements will be also be shared in Canvas using the magic of RSS. Follow course announcements on the WordPress course site OR if you are enrolled in the Canvas course set your Canvas notifications to receive announcements in your email immediately, daily or weekly.

Your Facilitators

Will Engle
Strategist, Open Education Initiatives;
Centre for Teaching, Learning & Technology at UBC Vancouver
Erin Fields, Liaison Librarian & Flexible Learning Coordinator, UBC Library Vancouver
Amanda Grey, Open Education Student Librarian, UBC Library Vancouver
Eka Grguric, Digital Scholarship Librarian, UBC Library Vancouver
Christina Hendricks, Professor of Teaching (Philosophy) and Academic Director, Centre for Teaching, Learning & Technology at UBC Vancouver
Rie Namba, Educational Resource Developer – Open Resources, UBC Vancouver
Sarah Parker, Liaison Librarian, UBC Library Vancouver
Lucas Wright, Senior Educational Consultant, Centre for Teaching, Learning & Technology at UBC Vancouver
Stephanie Savage
Scholarly Communications and Copyright Services Librarian, UBC Vancouver
Mathew Vis-Dunbar, Southern Medical Program Librarian, UBC Library Okanagan


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