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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. The program is open and free for UBCO, UBCV, and non-UBC faculty, staff, and students at the post-secondary level. 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 will described how to enroll in the course in the POSE Welcome Announcement (coming April 26th). 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 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 May 4, 11am, 2023.

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: May

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: June

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: July

4. Attend the Wrap-Up Session on July 31.

5. (Optional) Put Your Knowledge To Work and Give a Lightning Talk on October 18.

Program Format

The POSE program will run from May – July 2023. 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 3 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)
  • 2 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)
  • 1 Open Workshop (Optional)

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

Learning Activities

The POSE program has developed 6 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.

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.

Unit Workshops are also optional for you to attend. These workshops are designed to focus on a practical approach, tool, or platform related to the unit.

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.

Register to Participate

Please register for POSE here.

Note to Non-UBC Participants: In order to register for this program, non-UBC faculty, staff, and students will need to create a UBC Basic CWL. To do this, please go to the CWL page and scroll down to the accordion tab that reads “Basic”. Follow the instructions there for creating and activating a Basic CWL, then please return to this page to register for the program.

Key Dates and Sessions

Pose Kick-off Session

Pose Kick-off Session
May 4, 2023
11:00am to 12:30am

Open Access Unit

Unit Release Date: May 1, 2023 (PST)

OA Workshop: Creative Commons and Copyleft Trolls
Date: May 16, 2023
Time: 11am to 12pm
Speakers: Erin Fields & Stephanie Savage; UBC Library
More Info & Registration

OA Chat: A global and diverse world of scholarly communication is well under way
Date: May 23, 2023
Time: 11am to 12pm
Speakers: Juan Pablo Alperin, SFU Publishing Program and Scholarly Communications Lab; Public Knowledge Project
More Info & Registration

Open Research Unit

Unit Release Date: June 1, 2022 (PST)

OR Workshop: Introduction to OSF
Date: June 14
Time: 11am to 12pm
Speakers: Mathew Vis-Dunbar, UBCO Library
More Info & Registration

OR Chat: Replicability, Generalizability, and the ManyClasses Approach to Open Science
Date: June 21
Time: 11am to 12pm
Speakers: Ben Motz, Indiana University’s Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
More Info & Registration

Open Education Unit

Unit Release Date: Jul 1, 2022 (PST)

OE Workshop: Can I (Re)Use This? Introduction to OER
Date: July 5, 2023
Time: 12pm to 1pm
Speakers: Will Engle, Rie Namba, & Jens Vent-Schmidt, UBC CTLT
More Info & Registration

OE Chat: Representing Open Education Work in Reappointment, Tenure and Promotion Processes
Date: July 12
Time: 10am to 11:30am
Moderator: Christina Hendrickss, Professor of Teaching, Philosophy; Academic Director, Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Technology, UBC
More Info & Registration

Program Wrap-up

Program Wrap-Up Session
Date: Jul 31, 2023
Time: 11:00 to 12:30

Putting Your Knowledge to Work Lightning Talks
Date: October 18, 2023
Time: 11:30am to 1pm

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
Rie Namba, Educational Resource Developer – Open Resources, UBC Vancouver
Jens Vent-Schmidt, Education Consultant: Design and Facilitation
Trish Varao-Sousa, Evaluation and Research Consultant, Centre for Teaching, Learning & Technology at UBC Vancouver
Stephanie Savage
Scholarly Communications and Copyright Services Librarian, UBC Vancouver
Craig Thompson, Programmer Analyst, Centre for Teaching, Learning & Technology at UBC Vancouver

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