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Open Educational Resources: Textbook Affordability and Open Access

October 23, 2018
10:00 AM EDT - 11:30 AM EDT
Thomas Lounge, 55 Gould Street

This event will be live-streamed:

Event Description

High textbook prices have a negative impact on student success, learning outcomes, and create a financial burden. The panel will seek to raise awareness of textbook prices and the available alternatives. We hope to encourage faculty members to adopt open textbooks, to create their own open resources, and to engage in a dialog with students.

Speaker Bios

Dr. Hong Yu is an Associate Professor of Retail Management and currently serving as the Interim Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Programs in the Ted Rogers School of Management. Dr. Yu has taught a number of undergrad courses including the “Experiential Learning: Asia Pacific Studies” which led students to a 2-week study tour in China. She’s also taught in the MBA and Master of Science in Management (MscM) programs, supervised/served as a committee member for over 70 graduate students. She’s completed more than 18 funded research projects and published over 50 papers in peer reviewed journals or conferences. Her work has won awards in Europe and the U.S. Dr. Yu earned her B.Eng. and M.Eng. from universities in China, and her Ph.D. from Iowa State University in the US.

Carol Shepstone joined Ryerson University as Chief Librarian in September 2017. She is excited about contributing to Ryerson’s innovative and diverse learning community, and about leading such a creative Library team at an exciting time in the evolution of the University. Carol has been working in academic libraries for more than 18 years and has extensive experience in library building design, collaborative partnership building, and in organizational change and academic library renewal. She is committed to open access, open scholarship and open education and advancing the library’s leadership role and expertise in these areas. She is an active member of many provincial and national associations, boards and consortia and was instrumental in bringing the 2018 SPARC OpenCon conference to Toronto. Her research interests include intellectual property, organizational culture, library design and perceptions of library value.  

Salman Faruqi is going into his final year at Ryerson University, double majoring in Economics and Finance. Salman is actively involved on campus. Along with his role on the Board of Governors, Salman is also the Vice-President Education of the Ryerson Students’ Union, a member of Ryerson’s Senate and a Board Member of the Palin Foundation. Salman has been a recipient of the John Gallivan award for student leadership and has been on the Dean’s List. Salman looks excited to serve students for the upcoming year!

Wendy Freeman is an associate professor in the School of Professional Communication and director of e-learning at Ryerson. Wendy has worked at Ryerson since 1998 as an instructional designer. In 2008 Wendy joined ProCom as a faculty member and was program director of the Master of Professional Communication for four years. Throughout the many roles that she has played at Ryerson, Wendy has been a passionate advocate for meaningful use of technology for learning. Her research explores questions related to digital literacy, open education, blended learning and universal design for learning.