ROER4D weekly update – 20 January 2017

Welcome to 2017! We wish all ROER4D researchers, stakeholders and friends a happy and productive 2017 and look forward to the forthcoming year with excitement, as our project reports on research findings and reflects on achievements and lessons learned.

ROER4D says goodbye to Ms Suan Choo from Wawasan Open University

The ROER4D team would like to take the opportunity to thank Ms Suan Choo from Wawasan Open University, Penang, Malaysia for her tireless work in supporting the ROER4D project from its inception. We wish her a well deserved retirement. Her patience and organisation are unparalleled, and she will be sorely missed by all, not least her indefatigable boss, Prof Raj Dhanarajan.

Open Education Global Conference program released

The OE Global Conference provisional program is now available and features many of the ROER4D researchers, who will be presenting on their research. The OE Global Conference will be held in Cape Town, South Africa 8-10 March 2017.

OEC launches Year of Open

The Open Education Consortium has designated 2017 as the Year of Open to celebrate the positive impacts that open practices have brought to education, government, research and business. The associated press release and website explains the rationale behind the initiative and how individuals and organisations can get involved.

COL conducts OER global survey

The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) is conducting a global survey of stakeholders of OER to prepare a World Report on OER. The report will be presented at the 2nd World OER Congress, which is organised by UNESCO and Government of Slovenia from September 18-20, 2017 at Ljubljana, Slovenia. The survey can be accessed via this link.

Book chapter on economics of educational materials and OER

David Wiley from Lumen Learning has shared a full-text version of recently published chapter on his blog. The chapter titled “The Evolving Economics of Educational Materials and Open Educational Resources: Toward Closer Alignment with the Core Values of Education” considers how OER adoption creates opportunities for less expensive, more flexible, more effective education.

All the best for this week

Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams and the ROER4D Network Hub team

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