This year, Open Education Week is March 2-6. Over 6450 participants across 123 countries contributed to Open Education Week in 2019. Celebrate this year by checking out one of the many free online events being hosted by institutions around the world.
Open educational resources are meant to make education more accessible and reduce potential barriers to education caused by cost and accessibility. Open education can be delivered in a variety of ways, including open and accessible online courses, open and free digitized textbooks, or openly licensed materials that can be found online (like images, infographics, and other media) that can be used in assignments and classes.
Many instructors at MHC have already adopted open textbooks and material for use in their classes; this could take the form of a printed book available in the bookstore or a pdf or link on your course’s blackboard page.
This week, on November 22nd from 5-8pm in c r a v e Pub, the Medicine Hat College Library Services, along with the Medicine Hat Entrepreneurial Development Center, and Enactus are co-hosting an informal learning session where Medicine Hat entrepreneurs, inventors, educators, and experts discuss and share what they have learned about protecting ideas through trade secrets, patents, copyright, trademarks, and other intellectual property protection tactics.
As a student at MHC, here are the top 3 reasons why you should attend:
You are an intellectual property owner. If you’ve ever written a paper, email, text, etc., you own intellectual property, so it’s worth learning about your rights.
If you’re planning to work in business or a creative industry learn about intellectual property now while funding is available. “The Government of Canada is investing $85.3 million over five years to help Canadian businesses, creators, entrepreneurs and innovators understand, protect and access intellectual property (IP) through a comprehensive IP Strategy” (Government of Canada, n.d., IP Strategy section).
Medicine Hat has many creative and inventive people that you can learn from. Take advantage of this weeks event to network with both speakers and attendees. Who knows, the time spent learning about and discussing intellectual property might inspire you to create something great!
Here’s what a few of our speakers had to say about IP:
Why did you start working with the IP topic you will be speaking about?
When I started working with Alberta Innovates, many of the companies I worked with were developing new products that provided them with the opportunity to grow their business. I began to look for trusted IP professionals who could assist these companies with their efforts to protect the opportunity, and by extension learned from them along the way.
One piece of advice you would give to someone thinking about working on a similar project?
My best piece of advice is this – do you really want to write a book? Do you have the space/time to write a book? I took on a book project at the beginning of my doctoral studies. It was a decision made out of ambition, and I paid a price for that ambition and, on occasion, so did my family. I wanted to be a scholar, I wanted to be an academic, and I wanted to be a leader (even though I am not sure I can define what I mean by any of those labels). The book came out in July 2018, and I am thrilled, but also humbled – it wasn’t easy; I haven’t always been the best-version of myself throughout the process. I have wondered, was the ambition worth it if, at the end of the day, I am only more certain that all is vanity, and that there is nothing new under the sun? After all, it’s a book about assessment. I think it’s important and I am proud of it, but my ambition has diminished me on more than one occasion. So I guess, do you know what you are signing up for, especially if you are working with someone? And if you are working with someone, make sure you talk about process. Having those conversations up-front will help out in the end. (I guess that is two pieces of advice).
I hope you’re convinced that you should attend Entrepreneurs, Inventors, Creatives & Intellectual Property this Thursday. Register at Eventbrite.ca and join us for lively discussion and tasty refreshments in c r a v e Pub between 5 and 8pm.
LNAP stands for Long Night Against Procrastination. Still confused? One night each semester we bring together all the services that we think will help you succeed as a student here at MHC. We want to help you avoid procrastination and give you support to start (or finish!) all of your assignments and papers.
Who is it for?
LNAP is a college-wide event for all MHC students.
When is it?
Fall 2018 LNAP is happening Wednesday, October 10th from 5 pm. to midnight.
What can I expect?
You can expect a fun, friendly atmosphere
You can expect quick workshops filled with all kinds of success strategies
You can expect stress release activities (hint: puppies and kitties)
You can expect food and caffeine (another hint: pizza)
You can expect help and support from Faculty, all staff including Advising, Library, IT, Peer Support, Writing Specialist, tutors in the ARC, Counselors and more
What do I need to do?
Register now at LNAP Pre-Registration or register in person starting October 1 in the cafeteria or B-wing hallway (location changes depending on the day)
Bring your student ID card
Arrive at 5 and be ready to become a part of something big!
It’s up to you. Join in all of the activities or hunker down and get some work done. It’s all good. See you there!
Walking into the college library for the first time can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Library staff are always willing to help, but if you are attempting to find a book on your own, here’s a few tips:
Search for the book title in the library catalogue, it can be accessed from the library webpage. Type your title into the search box. Using “quotation marks” around your title will help your search bring up accurate results.
If the book is owned by MHC you will see the notation “Held by: MHC Libraries” just under the book description. If the book is currently available, you will see the green check mark beside the notation “Available”.
If a book is both owned by MHC and Available you should be able to find it on the library shelves. Use the call number, (the circled number above) to locate the book.
Each book shelf in the library has a label on it. It tells you the range of call numbers that can be found within it.
Books are ordered alphabetically based on the first letter (or two) of their call number. In the MHC library, A’s begin on the bookshelf with the orange kangaroo on top.
Our FIND IT! guide can help you navigate the shelves to the resources you need.
Finally, remember that library staff are here to help! You just need to ask.
Not sure how to get started with research? Don’t worry! We have you covered. The library has a very thorough and easy to understand guide to help you learn to do research.
To get you started, here are a few things to keep in mind.
The first step is understanding your assignment. Read it thoroughly and note any specific requirements:
Type of assignment (essay, poster, report, debate, annotated bibliography, literature review, presentation)
Number of sources required
Types of sources required (articles, books, videos, etc.)
Citation format (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.)
It is very important that you ask your instructor about anything you don’t understand!
A useful strategy to manage your research is to keep notes as you go. Take clear, accurate notes about where you found specific ideas, and, as you consult sources and make notes, keep a list of the sources you used.
There are many ways that you can keep notes to manage your research and citations more easily:
Use index cards or a notebook.
Start building your References page as you find your sources.