You couldn’t possibly welcome the arrival of May (the month, not Theresa) in a better way than joining Prof. Rory McGreal, UNESCO/Commonwealth of Learning Chair in OER at Athabasca University, at our next #firstWednesdayofthemonth webinar. Rory has been a member of GO-GN since its very beginning, and we are grateful that he is happy to share some of his time (and wisdom) with us.
Here is a brief abstract of his talk:
The free sharing of open educational resources (OER) can be seen as essential for promoting the creation of content usable in any learning context. OER can be effective in reducing the knowledge divide that separates and partitions societies. Educators worldwide continue to face significant challenges related to providing increased access to high quality learning, while containing or reducing costs. New developments in information technology, especially with tablets, phablets, mobile phones and different gaming devices, highlight the shortcomings and challenges for the traditional education community, as well as those of more flexible providers, such as open universities. Such developments have the potential to increase access and flexibility in education by rendering it ubiquitous. More recently educators are being forced to focus on the effects of “digital locks” (Technological Protection Measures) and restrictive licences that come with commercial online content and are turning to OER in order to take full advantage of the affordances of new technologies.
This webinar has been postponed until further notice.
This session will be recorded and made publicly available under a CC BY license on ourYouTube channel.