Free webinar: Open Educational Practice – what, why and how?
Tuesday 9th December, 1–2pm (Australian EDT) 3-4pm in New Zealand
OERs are only a part of the wider topic; OEP includes a different way of thinking, planning and managing for the open sharing of teaching practices. But how much is aspirational and how far have we got with implementation?
- Carina Bossu and Luke Padgett: OER Project leaders at the University of Tasmania and organisers of the very successful OER National Symposium held earlier this month.
- Theresa Koroivulaono: Acting Director at the Centre for Flexible Learning at the University of the South Pacific. Working at a regional university that serves twelve small island developing states (SIDS), the transformative potential of OER in higher education is reflected in multifarious ways that include, selection and adaptation for use, development, testing for access and directly informing learning design.
The webinar is offered free of charge. If you wish to attend the webinar, please register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by 4pm Friday 5th December (Australian EDT) at the latest. Details will be sent to you before the event about how to access and join in the webinar.
For more information on the speakers and the webinar topic, please visit the ODLAA website.
The Tasman Declaration came out of the Open Research Conference (mentioned previously on this blog) held in Auckland in February, representing the collective voice of the diverse group of participants, including researchers, lawyers, librarians, research infrastructure providers, technology consultants and software developers from NZ, Australia, the US and the UK. The declaration calls on Australian and New Zealand research communities, institutions, policy makers and funders to make publicly-funded research open:
Publicly funded research should be openly available to maximise return on investments into research, and to increase participation in research and its translation beyond the traditional research sector.
“Open Research” is about removing barriers for society to benefit from research, by ensuring open access to and reuse of research papers, data, materials, metadata and code, and by developing the supporting practices and policies.
In the absence of a good reason, research outputs should be made available with as few restrictions as possible and as soon as possible.
Read more about the story behind the declaration or read the declaration itself in full.
Add your voice by signing it.
An Australasian Open Research Conference is to be held at the University of Auckland on 6-7 February. This will be an important event for researchers interested in openness to explore with like-minded people the rapidly-developing world of open research, publishing and data in the New Zealand and Australian contexts.
The line-up for Day 1 looks to be a fascinating blend of practical exemplars of those already working in the open space and discussion of high-level policy/strategy (non-profit and commercial). Sessions will be led by some of the movers and shakers in openness from both nations. Day 2 will be a barcamp-style, participant-led session looking to explore the themes of Day 1 and in more concrete terms examine how openness can be advanced in our research communities.
Read more on the conference web site.
(Otago people: please let me know if you are planning on attending – it’s important we have representation at this conference and have people who can report back to our community about what transpired).