CIDER Session January 17, 2018 — LOOCs: Sustainable Open Education for a Small University, Kathy Snow & Tanya Barrett, Cape Breton Univ.

We invite you to an upcoming session in the 2017-18 CIDER Sessions series on January 17, 2018. This free, online session will feature Drs. Kathy Snow and Tanya Barrett of Cape Breton University.

Title: LOOCs: Sustainable Open Education for a Small University

In 2014 CBU launched its first formal test of open education through a course called “Learning from the Knowledge Keepers”. This course surpassed all expectations, going viral and within a few weeks of opening had over 10,000 enrolled participants. The presenters learned from this experience that massive education is not an area they may be ready to participate in because of the impact on learning experience as well as internal resources. Moving forward they developed a different approach based on the same model as the knowledge keepers but with the intention of maintaining the personal connection to the university. This presentation will describe their experience and new approach.

When: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 – 11am to 12noon Mountain Time (Canada)

Where: Online through Adobe Connect at:

Registration is not required; all are welcome. CIDER Sessions are recorded and archived for later viewing through the CIDER website. For more information on CIDER and our Sessions, please visit us at:

Open call: There are still two spots open for the 2017-18 season. Researchers who would like to share recent work with our CIDER audience can send a note of interest to

Please note that it is important to set up your system prior to the event. Make sure your Mac or PC is equipped with a microphone and speakers, so that you can use the audio functionality built into the conferencing software. The Adobe Connect platform may require an update to your Flash Player; allow time for this update by joining the session 10 minutes prior to the scheduled presentation.


CIDER sessions are brought to you by the International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning (IRRODL) and the Centre for Distance Education, Athabasca University: Canada’s Open University and leader in professional online education. The Sessions and their recordings are open and available to all, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.


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