I grew up in Bay City, Michigan during the formation of the Rust Belt. The environmental degradation and loss of manufacturing jobs fueled my interest in Political Science at Albion College, where I participated in the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service. From there, I headed out to Seattle, worked with homeless families for about five years using first generation mobile technology, then obtained my Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Washington’s iSchool in 1999. I managed libraries and library technology projects for the better part of the two decades, and one of the projects I lead won provincial, national, and international awards.
I love libraries. My first bookmobile check-outs of AC/DC's Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap and Billy Joel's 52nd Street ignited a love of music and libraries. I presently have library memberships to Athabasca University, the University of Alberta Libraries, Medicine Hat College, Medicine Hat Public Library, and The Alberta Library. I'm a library junkie! I have served as President of the Pacific Northwest Library Association and the Library Association of Alberta.
I love teaching. I am a sessional faculty member in the University of Alberta's Graduate School of Library and Information Studies. I have taught leadership and management for 12 years, and it’s a topic I find endlessly fascinating.
I love learning (and I love learning online). I am presently pursuing my Doctorate of Education in Distance Education through Athabasca University.
I love my family. My most valuable work is to be a devoted husband and father. I love playing fetch with our dog Olive and riding a bicycle whenever and wherever I can. I don't deserve any of my fortune, and I count my blessings every day.
I love connecting and sharing with others; a list of my conference presentations appears below. It gives a sense of what I like to read and think about.
Openo, J. (2019). The real-world of technology re-visited. Paper presented at Mount Royal University’s Liberal Education Conference, Liberal Education in an Age of Automation, Calgary, AB.
Openo, J. (2019). The international dimension of academic integrity: An integrative literature review. Paper presented at the Canadian Symposium on Academic Integrity, Calgary, AB
Openo, J. (2018, November). From the margins to the mainstream: A documentary and discourse analysis affirming the central importance of SoTL in core academic strategic documents in Canada. Paper presented at Symposium on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Building SoTL Communities: Within, Between, and Beyond, Banff, AB.
Openo, J. (2018, October). Can (post-heroic conceptions of) leadership be taught (online)? Designing a graduate leadership course in a feminized profession. Paper presented at Global Online Learning Summit & Tech Expo, Toronto, ON.
Openo, J. (2018, October). The projected reality of professional development: Exploring professional development for online contingent faculty. Paper presented at Global Online Learning Summit & Tech Expo, Toronto, ON.
Openo, J. (2018, May). The discourse of crisis in higher education: Fake news or real emergency? Paper presented at Mount Royal University’s 2nd Liberal Education Symposium. Calgary, AB.
Openo, J. (2018, February). Developing the “doubly invisible” in Canada: The prickly and perplexing issue of online contingent faculty. Educational Developers Caucus. Victoria, BC.
Wilson, M., Loblaw, T. & Openo, J. (2018, February). Educational development on the razor’s edge: Including the chef’s knives, the welder’s torch, and the paramedic’s scissors. Educational Developers Caucus. Victoria, BC.
Openo, J. (2017, October). Faculty care about quality, they just hate quality assurance: Is SoTL the bridge? PDQ. Medicine Hat College, Medicine Hat, AB.
Openo, J., & Kolomitro, K. (2017, October). Aligning SoTL within auality assurance policies and processes. Poster session presented at the meeting of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Calgary, AB.
Openo, J. (2017, October). The Myths of EdTech: Salvation, surveillance and self. A guest lecture delivered at the University of Alberta’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Edmonton, AB.
Laverty, C. Openo, J. & Kolomitro, K. (2017, June). Bridging the divide: Leveraging the scholarship of teaching and learning for quality enhancement. Society for Teaching in Learning in Higher Education. Halifax, NS.
Openo, J. (2017, June). You can fast forward your instructor: An interpretive phenomenological analysis of blended learning. Society for Teaching in Learning in Higher Education. Halifax, NS.
Openo, J. (2017, May). Leadership as personal metanarrative: Understanding your personal leadership journey. President’s Student Leadership Summit. Medicine Hat College, Medicine Hat, AB.
Openo, J. (2017, May). Leadership as disruption: Understanding leadership as strategic change management. President’s Student Leadership Summit. Medicine Hat College, Medicine Hat, AB.
Openo, J. (2016, December). An introduction to Appreciative Coaching. Facilitated at the City of Lethbridge’s Family and Child Support Service Agency. Lethbridge, AB.
Openo, J. (2016, November). Building organizational resilience with Appreciative Inquiry. Presented at the Family and Child Support Service Agencies of Alberta conference. Edmonton, AB.
Openo, J. (2016, November). Will data really change everything? Exploring the connections between learning analytics and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Symposium on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Learning in and across disciplines. Banff, AB.
Mueller, K., & Openo, J. (2016, November). Using the Echo technique and interpretive phenomenological analysis to understand the student experience of blended learning. Symposium on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Learning in and across disciplines. Banff, AB.
Openo, J. (2016, September). Creating connections, collaboration and community with Appreciative Inquiry. Keynote presentation at the Community Futures Conference. Medicine Hat, AB.
Openo, J. (2016, June). Using Appreciative Inquiry to strengthen successful teams. Facilitated at the City of Lethbridge’s Family and Child Support Service Agency. Lethbridge, AB.
Openo, J. (2016, May). High impact educational practices: A closer look. Presented at the Learning Without Borders Liberal Education Symposium, Medicine Hat College. Medicine Hat, AB.
Henning, D. & Openo, J. (2016, May). Generating positive change with Appreciative Inquiry. Presented at 77th Annual Alberta Chambers of Commerce Conference. Medicine Hat, AB.
Henning, D., Penner, J. & Openo, J. (2015, January). A College in Transition: Appreciative Inquiry as a Transformative Force. Presented at Appreciative Education Conference. Myrtle Beach, SC, USA.
Openo, J. (2014, November). Why Medicine Hat? Presented at Pecha Kucha Medicine Hat, Volume 5. Medicine Hat, AB.
Openo, J. (2014, April). The Lorne MacRae intellectual freedom lecture: I've got nothing to hide! Government surveillance and its effect on democracy. Presented at Alberta Library Conference. Jasper, AB.