Discuss With Your Profs

If you're concerned about the cost of textbooks and resources for your courses, consider talking to your professors about Open Educational Resources.

Why talk to professors?

Show professors students care: give feedback on course resources

Tell your professors about open education

Talk to your elected student representatives

Publish Your Work

Open Journals

Check out the R2RC Open Publishing Guide for Students.

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"Launched as SPARC's student initiative in 2009, the Right to Research Coalition (R2RC) is an international alliance of undergraduate and graduate student organizations, which collectively represent nearly 7 million students in over 100 countries, that work to promote Open Access to research through advocacy and education. R2RC members work to educate the next generation of researchers, administrators, and policy makers about the benefits of Open Access and to advocate for policies at the local, national, and international level that require the results of research to be made freely available online with full reuse rights. The coalition also seeks to make students a full partner in establishing Open Access as the default for scholarly communication. - See more at:"

There are also many opportunities to publish your research in undergraduate journals right here at UBC.UBC Library’s institutional repository, cIRcle, is an open access repository that contains a number of items from undergraduate students. To date, there are 1,700+ undergraduate items in cIRcle/OC from across various faculties, departments, schools and centres, etc. as well as conferences and through community partner initiatives.

Here are some examples of currently active open access journals that are student-led:

Personal Publishing

Contribute What You Create

Turning a Resource into an Open Educational Resource (OER)

Turn your assignment into an open education resource. Here's how:

  1. Consider applying a Creative Commons license to your work - it makes it more shareable.
  2. Make it easy to download or (better yet) take apart for remixing. Note: on YouTube, you can license your work with a Creative Commons License and others can remix it in the YouTube video editor.
  3. Publish it on a blog or wiki or in an open journal like the ones listed in the previous section.
  4. If you take photos or create images, especially if you do so in the course of your studies, consider uploading them to a platform like flickr that allows you to license them openly. Here is Foter's handy guide/infographic for creating and using CC licensed images.

Learn more from our handy guide: Open Licensing for Students

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