ROER4D weekly update – 16 June 2017

IT for Change participates in teacher professional development workshops in Tamil Nadu State
IT for Change, the research team behind ROER4D Sub-project 5, was invited by the Tamil Nadu State Council of Education Research and Training (SCERT) to participate in its meeting to design a program of ICT training for government school teachers across the state. While the focus of the SCERT is to build capacities of its school teachers in the use of free and open-source software (FOSS) educational applications, IT for Change presented a model of teacher professional development based on the ‘professional learning communities’ approach, which it has been implementing in Karnataka and Telangana. The model includes collaborative development of OER by the teacher communities and publishing on state OER portals.

Article – Q&A with TJ Bliss: It’s an exciting time for open educational resources
The Hewlett Foundation has published an article by education program officer TJ Bliss who considers various trends in the OER space including OER degrees, adoption at schools level and the role of OER adoption on teaching practices. TJ Bliss is leaving the Hewlett Foundation, and we acknowledge his services and enormous contribution to OER and Open Education research, practice and initiatives.

Regional Consultations on OER: stakeholder survey closes 30 June
Submissions are invited for an OER stakeholder survey. This stakeholder survey on Open Educational Resources (OER) is being conducted in the framework of the Regional Consultations for the 2nd World OER Congress. The objective of this survey is to understand the level of awareness and involvement of stakeholders in use and adaptation of OER. The findings of the survey will contribute to the Global OER Report, which will be made available at the 2nd World OER Congress in September 2017. The survey deadline is 30 June 2017.

Changes afoot for Open Universities worldwide
A recent report entitled ‘Independent Third-Party Review of Athabasca University’ that charts a way forward for Athabasca University has garnered attention about the role and changes many open universities are undergoing. A number of commentaries about the significance of the report including one by Athabasca and another by Tony Bates make interesting reading about how the role of open universities is being perceived in the light of challenges of decreasing public funding, changes in student demographics, digital education and the offering of online and distance education from multiple institutions. This week the UK Open University also announced plans for radical reinvention motivated by fiscal pressures and challenges, as well as opportunities for online and digital educational provision.

All the best for this week

Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams and the ROER4D Network Hub team.

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