BCcampus is pleased to, once again, host the Open Textbook Summit 2017, May 24-25, 2017. The Open Textbook Summit brings together leaders in the open textbook field, from faculty who are reviewing, adopting and developing open textbooks, to student advocates, librarians, institutional administrators, government officials, and policy staff. Together, we look at what other institutions are doing to move the open textbook agenda forward, share experiences about what has worked well and what could be improved, and look ahead to explore how open pedagogy can influence open textbook development to enhance teaching and learning.
Ryan Merkley is Chief Executive Officer at Creative Commons. He joined the organization in 2014 to define a new strategy and to establish long-term sustainability for CC. Today, CC is implementing its renewed strategy to build a vibrant, usable commons powered by collaboration and gratitude. Since 2014, CC nearly tripled the number of individual donors, and the commons grew to over 1.1 billion licensed works. In early 2016, CC announced a landmark $10M donation from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, supporting its ongoing work and renewed focus.
Prior to joining CC, Ryan was Chief Operating Officer of Mozilla. He also worked as Director of Corporate Communications for the City of Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Games, and was a Senior Advisor to Mayor David Miller in Toronto, where he led the Mayor’s budget policy and initiated Toronto’s Open Data project.