Kwantlen Polytechnic University is located on the unceded, ancestral, traditional territories of hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓-speaking Coast Salish peoples.  

All cases

Collegial support was provided by researchers and the Open Education Committees of Douglas College; Langara College; Thompson Rivers University (TRU); all of British Columbia, Canada; and the Department of Applied Communications and Public Relations, Melville School of Business, Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), British Columbia (BC), Canada. Technical, logistical, and intellectual support was provided by:

  • Nicolas Costanzo (he/him), student research assistant, BBA student, KPU, BC
  • Michelle Harrison (she/her), senior instructional designer & assistant professor, TRU, BC
  • Gregory John/awohkotsinaa (War chief) (he/him), Indigenous relationships specialist/business owner, Alberta
  • Urooj Nizami (she/her) and Amanda Grey (she/her), Open Education strategists, KPU, BC
  • Lana Radomsky (she/her), Pressbooks editor, KPU Open, KPU, BC
  • Paula Pinter (she/her), Library Technician, KPU Open, KPU, BC
  • The Open Publishing Suite, KPU, BC
  • Karen Meijer-Kline (she/her), scholarly communications librarian, KPU, BC
  • Andre Iwanchuk (he/him), business librarian, KPU, BC
  • Leeann Waddington (she/her), Pro Tem associate vice president, Teaching & Learning [2022-], KPU, BC
  • Rajiv Jhangiani (he/him) (Former) associate vice president, Teaching and Learning, KPU, BC
  • The KPU Open Education Working Group, KPU, BC

Funding support was provided by a KPU Open Education Adoption Grant (2020), a KPU Open Research Fellowship (2021) and a KPU Open Education Resource Grant (2023).

Cases 1 and 2

These cases were inspired by and created as a composite of real-life events.

Inspiration was also provided by the following:

  • A 2020 survey of KPU students on LGBTQ2+issues at work (principal investigator Deirdre Maultsaid, KPU, Surrey, BC, Canada)
  • Pride at Work Canada
  • Brenda Knights. Brenda Knights is CEO of Seyem Kwantlen and is involved in business development for the Kwantlen First Nation, located in Canada. Her narratives are included in the open textbook Business Writing for Everyone by Arley Cruthers, a textbook that Deirdre Maultsaid was supported to adopt for classroom use by a KPU Open Education Adoption Grant (2020).

Advice provided by Romy Kozak (they/she), queer, settler, White Faculty, Department of English, and Director, President’s Diversity and Equity Committee, KPU

Cases 3 – 7

Inspiration for these cases was provided by a 2021 survey and focus groups researching open pedagogy and care, with students from Douglas College, KPU, Langara College and TRU, all in British Columbia (principal investigator Deirdre Maultsaid, faculty, KPU). Some content was created by students during the research process. Not all students who created content wished to be named, but their contributions are acknowledged with gratitude.


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