ROER4D weekly update – 31 March 2017

ROER4D PI meets Canadian Minister of Justice and High Commissioner of Canada to South Africa
On 30 March PI Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams attended a lecture by Canadian Minister of Justice, Honorable Jody Wilson- Raybould at the Law Faculty, University of Cape Town on the invitation of the High Commissioner of Canada to South Africa, Her Excellency Sandra McCardell. Hon Wilson-Raybould spoke passionately on the topic “Separate journeys, same path: Truth and reconciliation in Canada and South Africa” and highlighted the necessity of quality education for all to elevate society. After the lecture Cheryl had an opportunity to speak to both the Minister of Justice and the High Commissioner and thanked them for the support for the ROER4D project from the Canadian government via the IDRC.

Blog post from OE Global Conference Chair
In our latest blog post, Sub-project 4 Lead Researcher Glenda Cox reflects on her recent role as Program Chair for the Open Education Global Conference held in Cape Town in March. She shares her insights into the behind the scenes planning and thinking involved for making the conference a worthwhile affair for participants.

ROER4D network members Glenda Cox and Sukaina Walji will be attending the OER17 Conference in London where they will present on aspects of the ROER4D research. Glenda will be presenting on the influence of institutional culture on lecturers’ agency for OER contribution, and Sukaina will be presenting on emerging understandings of the nature of OEP for OER adoption in ROER4D. ROER4D network member Laura Czerniewicz also has a number of planned presentations and is participating in the closing plenary panel. Laura and Sukaina will also contribute to a Virtually Connecting seminar at OER17 reflecting on the themes and issues brought up at the conference. We wish them all well for a successful conference.

New book – Open: The Philosophy and Practices that are Revolutionizing Education and Science
This book, edited by Rajiv Jhangiani and Robert Biswas-Diener, considers how the themes of affordable education, transparent science and accessible scholarship are becoming a reality thanks to the open education, open science, and open access movements. The book shares the stories, motives, insights, and practical tips from leaders in the open movement and is available under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 licence.

OER World Map developments
The team behind the OER World Map – a project to provide a comprehensive of the global OER movement – has released a blog post that details some forthcoming plans and projects. The post also reflects on how the map has grown and how it can be used to highlight events that are part of the #YearofOpen campaign.

All the best for this week

Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams and the ROER4D Network Hub team

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