The word “open” has been getting mentioned in conjunction with teaching and learning a lot recently. In a letter to the UBC community sent out at the beginning of the fall term of last year, President Toope noted that the Provost had named a high-level task force to canvass opportunities for UBC to join the dramatic movement to open up the riches of the university curriculum. In September 2012, UBC announced an agreement with Coursera, a company based in the United States, to provide free, open, non-credit courses to a worldwide audience. In October, Vancouver hosted the 2012 Open Education Conference, and the Government of British Columbia announced an initiative to support the creation of free, online, open textbooks for the 40 most popular post-secondary courses. Later that month, Open UBC Week happened in coordination with Celebrate Learning Week. In addition, the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) recently helped launch the open.ubc.ca website, which acts as a living catalogue of open scholarship, research, and education initiatives at UBC. We recently sat down with Simon Bates, Senior Advisor, Teaching and Learning, and Academic Director of CTLT, and Michelle Lamberson, Managing Director of CTLT, to discuss the topic of open education.