ROER4D weekly update – 3 March 2017

ROER4D PI presents at Africa OER Regional Consultation
ROER4D PI Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams is attending and has presented at the Africa OER Regional Consultation held 2-3 March in Port Louis, Mauritius. Her presentation “Open educational practices and resources in the Global South: Recommendations for government from the ROER4D project” included a meta-synthesis of selected preliminary findings from countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Commonwealth of Learning is holding six Regional Consultations in the lead up to the 2nd World Open Educational Resources (OER) Congress, which is scheduled to be held in Ljubljana, Slovenia 18-20 September 2017.

Open Education Consortium March Perspective focusses on Open Access
The Open Education Consortium’s Year of Open March perspective is on Open Access. The perspective features a number of views from thought leaders and practitioners on the opportunities and rationale for Open Access.

COL article considers OER business models for sustainability
The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) has published a thoughtful article asking “Is “service” the new secret of OER sustainability?”. Authored by Sanjaya Mishra (Education Specialist – eLearning), the article considers the role of open education for meeting educational challenges and describes some of the emerging business models which could provide opportunities for revenue generation and sustainability for OER, even while the content is openly licensed.

ROER4D researchers to present at OE Global 2017
The Open Education Global Conference starts on 8 March in Cape Town, South Africa. Researchers from the ROER4D sub-projects will be attending and presenting on their research. The full program is available with a number of presentations, action labs and poster presentations on offer. We wish all conference attendees safe travels on their way to Cape Town!

Online, Open, Flexible and Technology-Enhanced (OOFAT) Models for Education: Survey request
A reminder to participate in a new research collaboration between the Open Education Research Hub (OER Hub) and Forschungsinstitut für Bildungs- und Sozialökonomie (FIBS) that seeks to develop models that demonstrate different practice in terms of how one or more elements of Online, Open, Flexible and Technology-Enhanced learning are used to offer flexible learning in a sustainable model. The researchers have launched a survey and invite contributions from the ROER4D network.

All the best for this week

Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams and the ROER4D Network Hub team.

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