April 17-18 2019
Vancouver, BC
SFU Harbour Centre Campus 515 W Hastings St

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Wednesday, April 17 • 11:20am - 12:15pm
OER Advocacy for Students, by Students

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1. To learn of the work students are doing to advocate for open education on their campuses.
2. To learn about the current student lived experience today.
3. To get advice on starting a partnership with students on your campus to promote OER

The British Columbia Federation of Students (BCFS) and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (USPIRG) has come together for a cross-institutional/cross-geographical panel that consists of student leaders from across North America who are active on their campuses and beyond through their organizations on open education advocacy. The panel will be facilitated by Aran Armutlu, Chairperson of the BCFS, and Kaitlyn Vitez, Higher Ed Campaign Director at USPIRG. We will begin with introductions and panelists will have an opportunity to introduce their perspective and what advocacy work they have engaged in. Following this, the facilitators will give a brief overview on how student governments and organizations work, and will start with two warm-up questions to begin the dialogue and conversations around recent successes in the student movement for OER. Following this questions and topics will be open to the floor. Facilitator questions will range from panelists’ experience and stories about using textbooks and/or OER, to questions on broad campaign strategy to engage students, faculty, administration, and government on the topic of OERs.

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Aran Armutlu

Chairperson, BC Federation of Students
Aran is the Chairperson of the BC Federation of Students which represents over 130,000 students at 13 different colleges and universities across BC. The BCFS advocates for high-quality, accessible public post-secondary education in BC. Aran is a Douglas College graduate who is passionate... Read More →
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Kaitlyn Vitez

Higher Education Campaigns Director, U.S. PIRG
Kaitlyn serves as the Student PIRGs' lobbyist on Capitol Hill, working on campaigns to make college more affordable and protect student loan borrowers. She has been a leading voice for students in opposition to access codes, the Cengage-McGraw Hill merger, and automatic textbook billing... Read More →

Wednesday April 17, 2019 11:20am - 12:15pm PDT
Room 1410