Seminar – Dr. Agnes d’Entremont: EDI and Open Educational Resources in Engineering

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and Open Educational Resources in Engineering

Speaker: Dr. Agnes d’Entremont, Associate Professor of Teaching UBC Mechanical Engineering

When: Oct 5, 2023 | 12-1 PM

Location: CEME Building (6250 Applied Science Lane), room 2202

Zoom Details:
(Meeting ID: 674 0899 5337  |  Passcode: 072654)

The Department of Mechanical Engineering’s Fall Seminar Series shares cutting-edge research by MECH faculty members.


Equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) is a highly salient topic in engineering for two reasons. First, many of our designs and processes can have significant and lasting impacts that may affect groups and individuals differently depending on their identity and privilege. Second, engineering (considering both the student body and the larger profession) does not reflect the diversity of the broader community we serve. As a result, many efforts are being made both to teach our current students about EDI and to make engineering welcoming and accessible to underrepresented individuals and communities.

Open educational resources (OER) are learning materials and tools that are openly-licensed, meaning they are free for anyone to use, copy, download, modify, and share. They are created by faculty (and sometimes students) to remove economic barriers to education (for example, expensive textbooks or homework systems) and provide flexibility and customizability to instructors. While they are broadly used in science and other fields, OER and open educational practices are a newer area of focus in engineering education, and scholarship around OER is relatively limited to date.

In this seminar, I will discuss recent work both building and evaluating educational resources and researching topics in OER and EDI related to engineering education.


Dr. Agnes d’Entremont, P.Eng., is an Associate Professor of Teaching in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UBC. She obtained her B.Eng. at McGill University, her M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. at UBC (Mechanical Engineering), and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at BC Children’s Hospital (Orthopaedics). Her work focuses on student learning and curriculum development in mechanical engineering. Her education-related interests include active learning, open educational resources (OER), and open pedagogy.  She also focuses on student mental wellbeing and equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) issues in engineering education and the broader engineering profession. Dr. d’Entremont is an ISoTL Scholar with the Institute for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at UBC and an Associate Member of the School of Biomedical Engineering. She is a recipient of the Killam Teaching Prize, the American Society for Engineering Education Mechanical Engineering Division Outstanding New Educator Award, and the BCcampus Award for Excellence in Open Education.