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Open Education

The Langara Open Student Scholar Prize

In 2020 the Langara Library in partnership with Open Langara and the Langara Institutional Repository (The LaIR) introduce the Langara Open Student Scholar Prize. This prize celebrates exemplary work being done by Langara students and offers them the opportunity to share their work in an Open Access format.  

The submission period coincides with Open Education Week, a global event that raises awareness of resources, tools, and practices that encourage open sharing to improve educational access. Institutional repositories like our own LaIR provide a platform for scholars to make their work more accessible to a wider audience, enabling knowledge sharing and creation on a larger scale. Students engage in scholarship every term as they complete assignments for courses; doing research, authoring papers, or creating works of art. We hope to give exemplary projects life beyond the classroom and make them available to the larger Langara community and beyond.  

What is Open education:

What is Open Ed Week:

The Langara Institutional Repository (The LaIR) will provide winners the opportunity to publish the winning projects in an open-access format. The LaIR captures unique digital output from Langara's students, faculty, staff, and community and provides a digital space to store and share scholarly production, projects, learning objects, art, and any number of digitized or digitally born resources. For more information, visit  


Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 projects evaluated by our team of judges. All winning projects will be published in the LaIR to give students the opportunity to see their work in an Open Access space and allow them to show their exemplary work to the community.  

Winners will also be awarded a cash prize:

  • First place: $250
  • First Runner Up: $150
  • Second Runner Up: $100

Important Dates

The submission period for the Langara Open Student Scholar Prize will open on February 10, 2020.  

Submissions for the award will be accepted until March 6, 2020 - extended until March 13, 2020!


To be eligible for the Langara Open Student Scholar Prize, students must:

  • Be currently enrolled at Langara College during the Spring 2020 academic semester.  
  • Have completed a project for a class that required library research no earlier than Spring 2018 (projects must not be more than 2 years old). Course assignments, research papers, or other scholarly or creative projects are accepted for consideration. Project can be in any format or medium.
  • Agree to publishing their submission to the Langara Institutional Repository.  

This contest is open to both individual and group projects. Nomination or recommendation from a faculty member is not required but welcomed.  

Completed application includes:  

  1. The final version of your completed project, including a bibliography, works cited, or references page.  
  2. Atypical project formats (i.e. visual art, films, multimedia presentations) must be accompanied by a statement that describes the research and creation process including a bibliography.  
  3. Personal data gathered through the online form (name, student number, class taken, etc.)
  4. A short statement (250-500 words) about what open education, open access, and open scholarship means to you, your project, and/or post-secondary education at large. 


Projects submitted for this award must be exemplary work, largely free of spelling and grammatical errors, and completed as a requirement of their studies at Langara College. They must include some interaction with library resources in the form of research or analysis. 

The prizes will be awarded primarily on the quality of the project and the short statement about the impact of open education. 

The judging committee will consist of representatives from the library, the English Department, and the Scholarly Activities Steering Committee.

Entries should be proofread before submission but may be copyedited before submission to the LaIR. 


Projects will be evaluated using the following rubric:


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