For the past three years, the McLaughlin Library has sponsored an early career researcher to attend OpenCon. OpenCon is a yearly conference that aims to inspire and promote scholarly work to advance Open Access, Open Education and Open Data.
This year’s chosen recipient is Claire Coulter, an Instructional Technologist at the University of Guelph. Coulter’s work is grounded in evidence-based recommendations for the use of technology as part of the teaching and learning process.
In 2015, Coulter participated in a course called Openness in Education as part of her graduate studies, which drove her interest further. Coulter is currently working alongside a group of scholars, administrators, and staff as an “Open Ranger” with eCampus Ontario to grow the awareness and use of open resources and practices at higher education institutions in Ontario. “Participation in this working group has allowed me to develop my network towards building this capacity province-wide, but also right here at U of G,” said Coulter.
OpenCon will enable Coulter to grow her community further. Coulter is seeking inspiration and mentorship from others who are working towards similar goals. Coulter will be attending OpenCon in the last year of her graduate degree. “I believe that the learning from, and participation in OpenCon will lend gravitas to my work, and allow me to foster and share best practices emerging from these areas of scholarship both locally and beyond,” said Coulter.
Open Access Week will be celebrated the week of October 23 to 27, 2017. OpenCon 2017 takes place November 11 to 13, this year, in Berlin.