Lucky number 7! Grant Potter is the newest recipient of the Award for Excellence in Open Education
Please join us in congratulating Grant Potter, Instructional Technologist, University of Northern British Columbia on being the 7th recipient of the Award for Excellence in Open Education. Previous honourees include Irwin DeVries, Tara Robertson, Christina Hendricks, Tannis Morgan, Inba Kehoe, and Diane Purvey.
Grant Potter is a collaborative leader in open education at UNBC, provincially, nationally and internationally. He possesses a rare combination of vision and leadership, infectious enthusiasm and humour, and clever technical work. Together these attributes and skills enable a vision of open education that is inclusive and student-centered. Grant has worked with students, faculty, staff, and administrators across the province and beyond to challenge traditional post-secondary education systems and pedagogies and provide seamless access to education through open technologies.
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A hallmark of Grant’s open advocacy and leadership is collaboration. Internationally, he is well known for his role in the development and promotion of DS106 radio a project he was actively involved in between 2010 and 2013. DS106 radio has been used to connect open educators around the world to form a professional development and support network. Faculty members have also used DS106 radio to creatively envision new student learning opportunities. For example, a psychology class designed and delivered their final presentations via radio performance on DS106, breaking students from the crutches of PowerPoint and emphasizing the importance of what was being said.
With provincial BCcampus and local UNBC funding, Grant Potter developed the UNBC OER Grant. This unique grant focuses on funding students as researchers, thus bringing OER development directly to the students. Such strategic programming creation is a testimony to Grant’s vision of accessible open educational opportunities for students, staff, and faculty alike.
Provincially, Grant was an early advocate for the idea of a cross-institutional collaboration for B.C.’s public post-secondary educational technologists. He was a compelling spokesperson for the need for enhanced access to open source technologies, playing a critical role in the development of the OpenETC. The potential of the OpenETC is just beginning to be tapped, but it is already resulting in enhanced tools available to the UNBC community and increasing collaboration across the sector. Grant collaborates and shares his learnings with educators around the world (e.g., Potter et al., 2018).
Grant has worked with faculty, students, staff, administrators, and colleagues to educate us all about open education. Grant has been a passionate advocate and collaborator for open education in the province of B.C.
2018 UNBC-CNC Teaching and Learning Conference