Open Education

Open Education Talks 2023

Call for Proposals

We are excited to announce the second annual offering of The Open Education Talks, first offered in 2022 as The Open Pedagogy Talks, a series of lightning talks focusing on open education in post-secondary institutions. These 15-minute talks will be about facets of open education, including open pedagogy and learning, utilizing open educational resources, and integrating open strategies in higher education. 

The purpose of these talks is to create an accessible, virtual space to engage in conversations about open education. We encourage talks that are student-led or otherwise showcase the important role of student-educator collaborations in open education, and welcome proposals from educators, students, administrators, librarians, instructional designers, and all other roles related to the design, delivery, and evaluation of open education in postsecondary institutions.

For these talks, we share our understanding of open education, which is from the UNESCO Cape Town Declaration:

…open education is not limited to just open educational resources. It also draws upon open technologies that facilitate collaborative, flexible learning and the open sharing of teaching practices that empower educators to benefit from the best ideas of their colleagues'' (UNESCO Cape Town Declaration, 2018).


Interested speakers are invited to submit a proposal for a 15-minute talk that falls under the umbrella of the following topics: 

  • Exploring Open Education: These talks focus on the facets of open education, why it has been impactful in higher education, and examples in higher education.
  • Open Learning Design: These talks focus on integrating open learning principles into current and future program and course designs. 
  • Creating Open Educational Resources: These talks focus on creating, identifying, using, and sharing open educational resources in higher education. 
  • Open Scholarship and Research Practices: These talks focus on how educators and learners integrate open research into their courses and scholarship of teaching and learning practices.

Important Dates: 

  • Proposal Deadline: December 10, 2022
  • Speakers Notified: January 10, 2023
  • Registration Open: February 1, 2023

Schedule: Every Wednesday in March 2023 at 12:30 PM MT, 11:30 AM PT.

Open Education Talks Working Group: This initiative has been developed in partnership with the University of Calgary, Thompson Rivers University, Concordia University (Edmonton), the University of Alberta, and the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

For more information about the Open Education Talks, please contact us at

Please feel free to share this invitation with your network. Thank you and we look forward to learning alongside you in this endeavour.

Within the University of Calgary community, there are a variety of resources available for those either seeking Open Educational Resources (OER) for their use or those willing to develop and share content that have created.

Taylor Institute Open Education Resources Page
This site provide guidelines on how to develop your work for open use and provides links to resources which have been developed and shared by people throughout the university. Also there is access to open journals, textbooks and other resources including the services of Open Education Alberta.

University Library Repositories and Publishing Services
The university library provides support and hosting to those wishing to publish and archive publications they have completed.

The members of the organizing committee for the Open Education Talks are:

  • Barbara Brown, Associate Dean Teaching and Learning, Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary
  • Alysia C. Wright, Educational Development Consultant and Academic Lead, Blended and Online Learning, Taylor Institute for Teaching & Learning, University of Calgary 
  • Sarah Adams, Open Education Librarian, University of Calgary
  • Verena Roberts Educational Developer, Concordia University (Edmonton), and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary 
  • Carolyn Ives, Coordinator, Learning and Faculty Development, Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching Open Learning Faculty Member, Thompson Rivers University
  • Brenda Smith, Open Education Librarian, Thompson Rivers University


  • Sarah Shaughnessy, Faculty Engagement Librarian, University of Alberta


  • Christina Hendricks, Professor of Teaching, Philosophy and Academic Director, Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Technology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver