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Recording out now! Back to the Future: The early years of GO-GN (Prof. Robert Schuwer)

GO-GN was thrilled to have Professor Robert Schuwer join us in Edmonton, Canada for our recent two-day 10th anniversary workshop prior to OE Global 2023. We’ll be sharing more from the workshop over the coming weeks, including participant reflections and other session recordings. In the meantime, we’re delighted to share this recording of Robert’s presentation Back to the Future: The Early Years of GO-GN.


Initial thoughts on GO-GN were conceived and developed by Professor Fred Mulder in 2011. In this talk, I would like to take attendees through the conception, birth and first two years of GO-GN before its transfer to the OU-UK in 2015. Why GO-GN? How was it funded? Who came up with the acronym GO-GN (you’ll be surprised!), how about the first GO-GN seminars? And what have we learned from these years? Finally, a reflection on the future of GO-GN is presented.



Robert Schuwer is an independent consultant and researcher on OER. From 2014-2022 he was Professor of Open Educational Resources at Fontys University of Applied Sciences in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. In September 2016 he was appointed Chairholder of the UNESCO Chair on OER at Fontys. Since 2006 the majority of his work is about OER and Open Education. His current research is on adoption of OER and other forms of open online education by the early and late majority of teachers.

In 2022, Robert was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from Open Education Global for his contribution to the advancement of open education. In 2020, he was awarded the Dutch SURF Education Award for his passion, leadership and creativity in innovating open education in the Netherlands.

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