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Open Access Week 2020

UniSQ Open Access Week events schedule

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Monday 19 October 2020, 10:00am - 10:30am (AEST)

Virtual book launch

Professor Patrick Danaher
Professor (Educational Research)

Dr Eseta Tualaulelei, Lecturer (Early Childhood Curriculum and Pedagogy)

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Come and celebrate the release of UniSQ’s first open textbook produced by students as part of their assessment, Gems and Nuggets.

Tuesday 20 October 2020, 10:00am - 10:30am(AEST)

Download and Print: 3D Printing and Decentralised Open Manufacturing

Steph Piper

Coordinator (Community Engagement)

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In April this year, there was a worldwide PPE shortage in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Around the world, makers stepped up and began 3D printing and laser cutting face shields for healthcare workers. In the Toowoomba area, the UniSQ Makerspace championed a team who created 370 face shields for aged care, hospitals and healthcare workers. Projects like these are a great example of how open manufacturing processes can allow us to fill supply chain needs quickly. Hear about the face shields project and the future of open manufacturing with projects like 3D printed furniture, spare parts and more.

Wednesday 21 October 2020, 12:00pm - 1:00pm(AEST)

Open with care?

Margaret Bremner, Senior Research Librarian

Cat Wattiaux, Manager (Copyright)

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The Library Research Support Team (RST), with the support of the Library Copyright Services, promote, and contribute to open access initiatives at UniSQ. Margaret Bremner, Senior Research Librarian, and Catherine Wattiaux, Manager (Copyright) invite you to their webinar highlighting where the Open Access movement stands currently. Participants will learn about recent Open Access options, the increased benefits of Open Access for society and researchers, and how to decipher publishing agreements/contracts in order to keep a modicum of control over your intellectual property rights as scholars and authors.

Thursday 22 October 2020, 10:00am -11:00am(AEST)

Gems and Nuggets: The value of open assessment for opening up higher education

Nikki Andersen, Open Content Librarian

Dr Eseta Tualaulelei, Lecturer (Early Childhood Curriculum and Pedagogy)

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Open assessment is a valuable way of enhancing student engagement and participation in higher education, but to date, it has not been widely used in Australia. This presentation discusses open assessment and its value for student agency, equity and inclusion. Open assessment is illustrated by a case study from the School of Education at the University of Southern Queensland utilising the open publishing platform, Pressbooks. As part of their course assessment, undergraduate students enrolled in an intercultural education course created resources for the early years profession resulting in the open resource Gems and Nuggets. We discuss the benefits and the drawbacks of the process, and argue that open, authentic and renewable assessments have the potential to increase diverse student participation and engagement in higher education. The presentation concludes with implications for higher educational practice and future research.

Friday 23, 10:00am-10:30am (AEST)

Open to open: panel discussion about the motivations for creating open textbooks

Dr Susan Carter, Ms Cecily Andersen and Yvonne Rose

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This panel discussion looks at the motivations for developing and publishing open textbooks. UniSQ academics and open text authors, Dr Susan Carter and Ms Cecily Andersen, will share their thinking around why they chose to create open texts and the foreseen and unforeseen impacts that open publishing has generated for them and their readers. This session will be hosted by UniSQ Business Librarian, Yvonne Rose.