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Week 19 In Review

I like sharing some personal stuff about my week in the reviews. Normally, I do it at the end of the post. But this week’s overriding memory is a personal one. My 8 year old son, after living with an egg allergy for his entire life, was given the green light to eat eggs by […]

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Week 18 Review

Attended & presented at BCNet in Vancouver this week (slides). BCNet is a large regional conference aimed at higher ed IT folks. I wasn’t sure how a presentation about open textbooks would go over considering the audience is mostly sys admins, IT helpdesk and CIO types, but a few showed up and seemed to be […]

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Week 16 In Review

Presentations, Workshops, Courses Working on upcoming BCNet presentation on (what else) open textbooks. Met with Gill and Barbara about our Open Textbook Summit presentation on the Geography booksprint. Submitted proposal for OpenEd15 this fall with Gill and Barbara to present on same topic (ok, not quite done this yet, but will beat today’s midnight submission […]

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Week 14-15 In Review

Was on vacation with the family for most of last week and the early part of this week. Add in Easter. This summary covers 2 very compressed weeks. Presentations Talked about Pressbooks TextBooks as part of a CCCOER presentation on OER authorng. Slides on Slideshare. Prepping for upcoming presentations & workshops at BCNet & Thompson […]

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Week 13 2015 in Review

Yeah, I’ve fallen off the wagon. back on now. Thanks, Tannis. Ironically, I am on holiday next week so just when I get back on…. Meetings with Campus Manitoba and Saskatchewan Ministry of Advanced Ed talking open textbooks & other open education initiatives. Open Textbook Summit. Finalized presentation proposals with Amanda and Lauri. Very happy […]

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Week 48 Week in Review

Truncated week as I took Monday & Tuesday off after OpenEd. Shortlisted candidates for an 8 month co-op gig we have with the open textbook project. Brendan Lane, our current co-op (and an awesome one at that) is leaving at the end of the month after working on open textbooks for the past 8 months. […]

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Week 47 Week in Review

It was all about OpenEd 2014 last week in Washington, DC. Brad and I presented on the work he has been doing to add an api to PressBooks. Amanda and Lauri also presented on managing an Open Textbook adaptation and how we have been doing things here in BC. David announced that OpenEd 2015 will […]

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Week 45: Week in Review

Met with Faculty Fellows & got some great feedback from them on their feelings around partnering with companies who could provide third party services (ie ancillary materials) for open textbooks. We’ve had a couple of preliminary discussions with some for-profit companies about making optional materials available at a low cost for open textbooks (think pre-built […]

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Week 43-44: Week(s) in Review

I missed last week so here is the blur of the past 2 weeks. Attended & presented at COHERE in Regina. I’ve been trying to go beyond the free bit when talking about open textbooks these days and look at some of the other benefits of open textbooks beyond saving students money. I grew up […]

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Week 41: Week in Review

Monday was the first meeting of our Faculty Fellows Christina Hendricks (UBC Philosophy), Jessie Key (VIU Chemistry) and Rajiv Jhangiani. All three will be working with us over the course of the next year working on three themes within their institutions and disciplines: research, advocacy and providing feedback to our team as we move forward in the next […]

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Week 40: Week in Review

Felt like a big week of meetings this week. Initial meeting with a new open textbook author who I’ll be working with to develop an open textbook in the area of mental health training. Meetings with OpenSchoolBC, Camosun College and the Ministry of Advanced Ed to clarify deliverables on an open textbook project in fundamental […]

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Week 39: My Week in Review

Another week down, another 2 new books in our open textbook collection! Kudo’s to Amanda, Jessie Key, Rajiv Jianghiani and Hammond Terry who, between them, rolled out 2 new BCcampus adapted textbooks this week: the first Canadian Edition of Introduction to Chemistry and an internationalized version of Principles of Social Psychology. My week Met with […]

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My week in review: Week 37 2014

Interviewed by the SFU student newspaper The Peak on open textbooks. Was also interviewed (wearing my Dad gamer hat) by a Wall Street Journal (?) reporter about the Minecraft sale to Microsoft after a reporter there saw a tweet I made about the potential sale. As my daughter would say “that was random”. Attended the […]

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Week 36 2014

4 day work week this week with Monday being labour day. This week was dominated by 2 events; one at home and one at work. At home, the BC teachers strike – which began last June and closed schools down and started summer 2 weeks early for my kids – continued into the fall and […]

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Week 35 2014

A couple days ago I blogged about some new habits I am hoping to cultivate this fall (which, as anyone who works in education knows, is the real start of the new year). One of the habits was to start spending some time each week documenting what I did that week. I’m hoping that it […]