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|Opening doors to higher education isn’t enough: The deeper challenges of OER
Moderator: Adrian Stagg, Manager (Open Educational Practice), University of Southern Queensland
One of the first recognised promises of open educational resources (OER) was broader access to, and by extension, greater participation in, higher education globally. However, many have treated access and participation as a singular concept, instead of recognising the distinct environmental, organisational, and attitudinal requirements for successfully ‘opening up education’. As the open education movement matures, and strives for mainstream integration, a nuanced conversation leading to achievable strategy is required by those organisations seeking to engage authentically with openness.
The panelists will respond to the challenge of not only providing access, but also widening participation in a truly open university, or open education setting. During this event, perspectives on governance, strategy, opportunities, challenges, student engagement, and learning and teaching will be considered using the lens of raising awareness levels of, and deliberate planning for, open educational experiences. Panellists will share insights and lessons learned from their own experience highlighting implications for the OERu international network.
This event will be live-streamed, and openly accessible, and includes the attendees of the 2018 OERu International Partners Meeting in Port Macquarie, Australia. Participants are encouraged to interact with topics, and pose questions to the panel.
Meet the panellists
Panel focus: Open education from a strategic and university leadership perspective
Professor Helen Partridge (@partridh) is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education) at the University of Southern Queensland where she is responsible for supporting and facilitating the University’s education strategy, and is responsible for ensuring a culture of excellence and innovation in learning and teaching.
She has published widely in the area of teaching and learning and has received a number of teaching awards including a Teaching Fellowship in 2008 from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC). Helen’s research explores the interplay between information, learning and technology. She has been a visiting Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University. She is a Fellow of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) and has twice been elected to the ALIA Board of Directors.
Panel focus: Challenges and opportunities of open education in Papua New Guinea
Dr Janet Bulumaris Rangou is the Associate Director-Programs and Productions at the University of Papua New Guinea’s Open College. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Education from the University of Papua New Guinea, a Masters Degree in Learning Sciences and Technology and a PhD from the University of Sydney.
She will share her experiences working and implementing “Open” through her work at the University of Papua New Guinea Open College.
Panel focus: Challenges and opportunities in open pedagogy and student engagement
Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani (@thatpsychprof) is the Special Advisor to the Provost on Open Education and a Psychology Instructor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, where he conducts research in open education and the scholarship of teaching and learning.
A co-director of the Open Pedagogy Notebook, Dr. Jhangiani also serves as an Associate Editor of Psychology Learning and Teaching and an Ambassador for the Center for Open Science. His most recent book is Open: The Philosophy and Practices that are Revolutionizing Education and Science (2017, Ubiquity Press, CC-BY).
Panel focus: The student voice for open education in Ontario
A long-time advocate for the benefits of adapting new technology to deliver educational opportunities, David’s extensive experience in the education and training fields has included working with both public and private sector organizations.
David is also a Board member of the OER Foundation.
His career spans both public and academic libraries, as well as positions as a Learning Technologist and eLearning Designer. Adrian holds a Master of Applied Science (Library and Information Management), and he is a confirmed PhD candidate at the University of Tasmania. His research areas include the ecology of open educational practice and higher education policy as it relates to and supports, open educational initiatives. He is an active member of the open education community through the OERu, Creative Commons, the OER World Map, and his podcast ‘The Other Fifty Weeks’, and facilitates the USQ Open Education Staff Scholarships Scheme.