Schedule for: 19w2268 - Open Education Resources and Technologies in Mathematics

Arriving in Banff, Alberta on Friday, July 26 and departing Sunday July 28, 2019
Friday, July 26
16:00 - 19:30 Check-in begins (Front Desk – Professional Development Centre - open 24 hours)
Note: the Lecture rooms are available after 16:00.
(Front Desk – Professional Development Centre)
19:30 - 22:00 Introductions, descriptions of interests, and plans for Saturday.
Since everyone's travel times differ we'll keep things informal Friday evening. Once you get settled in, take some time to explore the town of Banff and get something to eat. Banff on a Friday in July will be busy -- smaller groups will have more success finding a table. Starting at 7:30 we'll gather in the Corbett Hall lounge so that everyone can introduce their self and their interests. Beverages and a small assortment of snacks are available in the lounge on a cash honour system.
(TCPL or Corbett Hall Lounge (CH 2110))
Saturday, July 27
07:00 - 09:00 Breakfast
A buffet breakfast is served daily between 7:00am and 9:00am in the Vistas Dining Room, the top floor of the Sally Borden Building. Note that BIRS does not pay for meals for 2-day workshops.
(Vistas Dining Room)
08:45 - 09:00 Welcome Talk by BIRS Staff
A brief introduction to BIRS with important logistical information, technology instruction, and opportunity for participants to ask questions.
(TCPL 201)
08:55 - 09:05 Sean Fitzpatrick: Welcome Talk by the organizers
A quick outline of our plans for the weekend, including goals for the workshop and OER in general.
(TCPL 201)
09:05 - 09:30 Rob Beezer: Introduction to PreTeXt
An overview of the PreTeXt XML vocabulary for textbook authoring.
(TCPL 201)
09:32 - 09:44 Danny Glin: Update on the WeBWorK project
An update on the current status of the WeBWorK project, including future plans and goals, and how the WeBWorK community can become more involved.
(TCPL 201)
09:46 - 10:16 Michael Lamoureux: Introduction to Jupyter and Syzygy
An overview of the Jupyter project, including the PIMS Syzygy program, and how Jupyter can be used in the classroom.
(TCPL 201)
10:15 - 10:45 Coffee Break (TCPL Foyer)
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
A buffet lunch is served daily between 11:30am and 1:30pm in the Vistas Dining Room, the top floor of the Sally Borden Building. Note that BIRS does not pay for meals for 2-day workshops. (However, thanks to funding from PIMS, the workshop organizers will be able to arrange for meals to be covered.)
(Vistas Dining Room)
13:00 - 13:20 Group Photo
Meet in foyer of TCPL to participate in the BIRS group photo. The photograph will be taken outdoors, so dress appropriately for the weather. Please don't be late, or you might not be in the official group photo!
(TCPL Foyer)
13:20 - 13:45 Reports from working groups and plans for the afternoon. (TCPL 201)
13:42 - 14:18 Andrew Rechnitzer: PLOM: Paper (Less) Online Marking
PLOM is open-source online grading software written in Python. It has been used to successfully grade roughly 10,000 exams at UBC. PLOM is designed to easily handle multiple versions of an exam, and allow for higher quality feedback through predefined grading rubrics.
(TCPL 201)
14:24 - 14:47 George Peschke: Online assessment using the Stack plugin for Moodle
Stack is a question type plugin for Moodle powered by the open source Maxima computer algebra system. It allows for computer graded quiz or homework questions with some adaptive feedback.
(TCPL 201)
14:45 - 15:15 Coffee Break (TCPL Foyer)
15:15 - 16:45 Working groups (TCPL 201)
16:45 - 17:00 Wrap up for Saturday and plans for the morning (TCPL 201)
18:00 - 20:00 Dinner
A buffet dinner is served daily between 5:30pm and 7:30pm in the Vistas Dining Room, the top floor of the Sally Borden Building. Note that BIRS does not pay for meals for 2-day workshops. (But if you eat on-site your meal will be paid for by PIMS.)
(Vistas Dining Room)
Sunday, July 28
07:00 - 08:45 Breakfast (Vistas Dining Room)
08:45 - 10:00 Presentations (Lightning round)
Many short presentations (5-10 minutes) by workshop participants who want to share their OER work.
(TCPL 201)
09:45 - 10:15 Coffee Break (TCPL Foyer)
10:30 - 11:30 Discussion: how do we fund, support, connect and grow the OER community?
(Led by Claude Laflamme) What is the right model for supporting and maintaining open source educational materials in mathematics? Could a non-profit corporation lead the way? Authors are willing to give content away for free. But high quality materials need editors. And servers to run interactive content. And money to support future development. With work spread across many institutions, do we need an entity outside of academia to help promote and coordinate OER?
(TCPL 201)
11:30 - 12:00 Checkout by Noon
2-day workshop participants are welcome to use BIRS facilities (Corbett Hall Lounge, TCPL, Reading Room) until 15:00 on Sunday, although participants are still required to checkout of the guest rooms by 12 noon. There is no coffee break service on Sunday afternoon, but self-serve coffee and tea are always available in the 2nd floor lounge, Corbett Hall.
(Front Desk – Professional Development Centre)