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Webinar: Challenges and Opportunities in Open Scholarship & Challenges for Open Educational Practices (OEP) and the Responsibilities for Academia

Speakers: Professor Martin Weller (Open University, UK)  Dr. Anne Algers, Senior Lecturer (University of Gothenburg, Sweden) 

Click here to see the webinar video:  Open Scholarship and OER: Opportunities, Challenges and the Responsibility of Academia

In this webinar, Professor Martin Weller addresses the different forms of open scholarship, the  benefits that can be gained by academics by operating in the open, the challenges posed by an open approach and how open scholarship resides in the current educational context.   Dr. Anne Algers talks about the challenges for OEP with a special focus on Open Educational Resources (OER) as boundary objects.

About the speakers: 

Martin Weller is a Professor of Educational Technology at the Open University in the UK. He chaired the OU`s first e-learning course in 1999 with 15 000 students and has been the VLE Director at OU. He was part of the team that initiated the OpenLearn project and is currently Director of the OER Research Hub project. He is author of the books The Digital Scholar and The Battle of Open. He also holds the ICDE Chair in OER. His blog is http://edtechie.net/

Anner Algers defended her thesis about open learning in life sciences last year and holds a position as a Senior Lecturer in pedagogy in higher education at the University in Gothenburg. She has an interdisciplinary approach and views open education resources as boundary objects between academia and society that carry a potential for learning. However, these practices also carry the risk of tension and contradiction.

 

ExplOER MOOC course wins the Open Education Excellence Award 2016

The prestigious award was granted by the Open Education Consortium, a worldwide community of higher education institutions and associated organizations committed to advancing open education and its impact on global education. The Open Education Awards for Excellence provides annual recognition to outstanding contributions in the Open Education Consortium community.

The ExplOERer MOOC is a four week long course facilitated by experts, experienced educators and panelists. Participants are guided through the discovery, use and reuse of open educational resources (OER) for teaching purposes in all sectors of education. It is attractive for those who want to start using OER in their teaching and those who are already users but who are looking for an opportunity to create and share their own teaching resources for teaching. The course participants explore approaches to selecting and using materials that have been created by others, unpack the process of adaptation and discuss sharing and networking. The course is available in English, Polish and Swedish. For more information please visit the ExplOER course website.

Finding, creating and sharing Open Educational Resources

KlasCement invites educational professionals and teachers to a free conference filled with inspiration and practical information on learning resources. International speakers will inform participants about the challenges in the use of Open Educational Resources (OER). They will be then informed by practitioners about creating and sharing educational resources. More details and registration

This event is part of ExplOERer, an Erasmus+ project, cofunded by the European Commission on the reuse of OER.

Date: 15th of March 2016, 9:00 am-3:00 pm

Venue:

9:00 am – 9:25 am:  Graaf de Ferraris building, Koning Albert II laan 20, 1000 Brussel.

11:00 am – 3:00 pm:  Hendrik Conscience building,  Koning Albert II laan 15, 1000 Brussel.

 

Online open course: Learning to (Re)Use Open Educational Resources

This four-week open course starting on 22 February 2016 will guide participants through the discovery, use and reuse of open educational resources (OER) for teaching purposes in all sectors of education. Participants will explore approaches to selecting and using materials that have been created by others, unpack the process of adaptation and discuss sharing and networking. The course is designed for both those who want to start using OER in their teaching and those who are already users but who are looking for an opportunity to create and share their own teaching resources. More details

Registration: http://www.exploerercourse.org/en/

Course start: 22 February 2016

Commitment: 4 weeks, 3 hours/week

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Kick of meeting in Thesssaloniki

The first group meeting was held in Thessaloniki, Greece, November 3-5, 2014.

It was a great opportunity to meet all team members in person!

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The first project meeting was an occasion to discuss in detail all sets of activities (known as “Outputs”), management and communication issues, dissemination to target groups, project monitoring and reporting mechanisms.

Presentations of the various Outputs were carried out by Output leaders:

  • Output 1 (Co-creation of guidelines for training of adult educators on OER reuse): presentation by Allison Littlejohn and Isobel Falconer
  • Output 2 (Development of training materials and teacher training in OER reuse): presentation by Hélène Pulker and Anna Comas-Quinn
  • Output 3 (social networking and gaming mechanics in OER repositories): presentaion by Katerina Zourou.
  • Output 4 (Policy developments): presentaion by Anna Stokowska and Alek Tarkowski.

Linda Bradley and Sylvi Vigmo led the discussion on management, financial issues, reporting and communication.

Thank you all ExplOERers for this nice event!