ROER4D weekly update – 7 April 2017

ROER4D presentations at OER17 conference
Glenda Cox and Sukaina Walji attended OER17 in London, UK last week where they presented on aspects of ROER4D research. Glenda presented on the influence of institutional culture on lecturers’ agency for OER contribution, and Sukaina presented on emerging understandings of the nature of OEP for OER adoption in ROER4D. The conference theme ‘The Politics of Open’ was foregrounded in many of the presentations with particular attention paid to issues of inclusion, inequality and critical approaches to openness, a point made by Laura Czerniewicz at the closing plenary panel. The conference website hosts a number of presentations including videos of the keynotes which were live streamed; the first session recording included a keynote by Maha Bali which set the tone for the conference.

New article: Openness as social praxis
Matthew L Smith and Ruhiya Seward have written an article titled Openness as social praxis which has been published in First Monday. The article explores and disambiguates the term “Open’ by offering an alternative understanding to openness — that of social praxis. The authors argue that conceptualizing openness as social praxis offers several benefits including providing a response to the many ambiguities and misunderstandings that emerge from multiple meanings and usages of the term.

Year of Open April Perspective: Open Pedagogy
The Year of Open, a year long campaign by the Open Education Consortium, has chosen Open Pedagogy as the focus of its April perspective. The perspective includes short articles by Robert Schuwer and Maha Bali who reflect on the meaning of the term, including pointing to practitioners and researchers grappling with understanding and making sense of the term and how it is dependent on context.

Creative Commons Summit programme released
The programme of sessions for the Creative Commons Summit, which is due to be held 28-30 April in Toronto, Canada, is now available. The range of tracks and themes promises a wide ranging exploration of the key issues and challenges surrounding copyright, the commons and openness.

All the best for this week

Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams and the ROER4D Network Hub team.

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