In this presentation we will share the stories of instructors sharing, in their own voice, how OpenETC platforms (Open EdTech Collaborative, 2017) are used to enable their open education practices. The OpenETC provides open source educational technology services to teachers and students at post-secondary institutions in British Columbia, Canada. Operating via a cooperative-type model of “contributions, not contracts” the OpenETC offers more than services, but also a community space for advancing our flavor of “Free Range Open EdTech.”
As adoption of OpenETC services grows, we have been curating exciting examples of OpenETC in action. Through the addition of Alan Levine as OpenETC community coordinator, in 2021 we opened a SPLOTbox site (OpenETC in Action, 2021) to collect stories from instructors about their experiences in engaging in open education practices with the OpenETC. This presentation will share some of these stories and examples of OEP in action, providing an opportunity for discussion around the question: Do open education practices require open edtech?