Upcoming Presentation: Open Education Around the World

January 25, 2009, [MD]

Education Commons is the unit at OISE that handles all the technology needs for teaching, learning and research and they run an infrequent speaker's series on topics that would interest graduate students and faculty. Last fall, Leslie Chan presented on open access (video), and at that time he very generously proposed me as a future speaker.

Together with professor Jim Slotta, I will give an overview of open education trends around the world, and also discuss how this impacts/or could impact Canadian students, researchers and universities. I will use some material from my previous talk in Delhi, but with significantly updated material and a different twist. Here is the abstract - if you are in Toronto on that day, you are welcome to attend (but please register, so we can gauge attendance).

Open Education Around the World

The term "Open Educational Resources" (OER) was coined at a 2002 UNESCO conference, and refers to the rapidly growing phenomenon of sharing educational resources freely online. Projects have and being developed in several American institutions, and in almost 30 countries.  These "open resources" can be accessed by the wide educational community of teachers and students in all contexts, which has the potential to radically expand access to education, but raises many questions. How can pedagogical models and online communities support this kind of learning? Are there ways of providing accreditation for new forms of informal learning?

Join us as we give an overview of the field of open education, and participate in the discussion about this new dimension that will impact Canadian higher education in coming years. We will discuss new opportunities for U of T courses, including the challenge of locating high quality, relevant materials for courses (both online and face-to-face) and of integrating these materials in order to enhance student learning. We will discuss the implications of open education for university educators and researchers, as well as other communities of learners such as those in developing nations or those who wish to organize their own program of study.

Date: Thursday, March 12, 2009 Time: 10 am - 12 pm Place: Knowledge Innovation & Technology Lab (252 Bloor Street West, Room 3-104) [[Register for workshop]](http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/ec/workshops/register.php?courseid=204)


Stian Håklev January 25, 2009 Toronto, Canada
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