ROER4D weekly update – 14 April 2017

Scaling Open Education Resource Based Teacher Professional Development in India
As a part of the program to build professional learning communities of teachers, who will collaborate to adopt OER (Sub-project 5’s phase 2 work), IT for Change (ITfC) is working with the Department of School Education (DSE) of Telangana to create ‘State Resource Persons’ who will work with teachers across the state on OER adoption. ITfC conducted a workshop from 4-8 April 2017 to develop 21 science teachers as State Resource Persons. The workshop aimed to help participants understand the role of ICT in teaching and learning using the Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) framework. Participants worked on the ICT student textbook and teacher handbook, based on the National ICT curriculum, which has been collaboratively developed as an OER in this project. The workshop was conducted in the ICT Lab of the ‘Institute of Advanced Studies in Education’ of the Department of Education, Telangana, which is responsible for conducting teacher educator professional development programs.

Mozilla Science Fellowships to champion open science and open data
Mozilla is looking to award Fellowships for researchers with a passion for open source and data sharing, already working to shift research practice to be more collaborative, iterative and open. Starting September 2017, Fellows will spend 10 months as community catalysts at their institutions, mentoring the next generation of open data practitioners and researchers and building lasting change in the global open science community. Applications close 14 May 2017.

Book Dash provides over 80 openly available storybooks
Book Dash is an initiative based in South Africa that invites volunteer creative professionals to create new, African storybooks that anyone can freely translate and distribute. The library of books is openly available in various formats to encourage re-use.

Article: The Rise of Educational Technology as a Sociocultural and Ideological Phenomenon
A recently published article ‘The Rise of Educational Technology as a Sociocultural and Ideological Phenomenon’ argues that the “rise of educational technology is part of a larger shift in political thought, from favoring government oversight to asserting free-market principles, as well as a response to the increasing costs of higher education”. The authors, George Veletsianos and Rolin Moe, call for more critical approaches to envisaging how educational technology ought to be interrogated and make some practical suggestions as to how research can inform educational technology implementations. While not explicitly mentioning open education (apart from MOOCs), the themes in the article resonate with more critical approaches to digital interventions in education of which OER and open education are a part.

Sri Lankan New Year and Easter greetings
Many of our researchers and friends will be commemorating Easter, and for colleagues in Sri Lanka it’s the start of a New Year. We wish all of our researchers, stakeholders and friends well over this special time.

All the best for this week

Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams and the ROER4D Network Hub team

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