ROER4D weekly update – 4 August 2017

Blog post: Diversity, Justice, and Democratization in Open Education
A timely blog post by George Veletsianos entitled Diversity, Justice, and Democratization in Open Education asks some important questions about the extent to which practices of people working in various shades of the “Open Movement” consider issues of diversity and social justice especially with regards to who participates and who is excluded.

Article: Call to empower teachers to lead the next wave of the OER movement
The Commonwealth of Learning has published an article authored by David Porter entitled A call to empower teachers to lead the next wave of the OER movement which considers the pivotal role of teachers in taking forward the OER movement into the mainstream. While acknowledging the importance of policy and advocacy, the author argues that it is teachers who are able to create “ancillary resources, such as project libraries, test banks, problem sets, datasets, PowerPoint slides, and other useful instructional or self-directed learning resources that can be grown and maintained through professional communities of practice” that will contribute to more mainstream takeup of OER.

Year of Open Perspective is Open Education Degrees
The Year of Open campaign organised by the Open Education Consortium has chosen Open Education Degrees for its August perspective. According to the perspective introduction, “Open Education degrees also referred to as OER Degrees or Zero-Textbook-Cost Degrees are a complete pathway of college courses leading to a degree that have been converted by faculty to use primarily open educational resources but sometimes also include zero cost resources such as college library subscriptions.” The campaign will look at case studies and views of the institutions and organisations who are engaging with this relatively new approach to educational provision.

Call for feedback for users of the OER World Map
The OER World Map has invited its users to give feedback on its current services via a survey. Participants are also invited to suggest ideas for new features or services.

Publication opportunity reminder: Call for proposals for book chapters on Ecologies of open
Dianne Conrad and Paul Prinsloo have issued a call for chapters for an edited book entitled Ecologies of open: Inclusion, intersections, and interstices in education. The editors intend to approach Athabasca University’s open press for publication in 2018. The deadline for submission of a 600 word proposal is 15 September 2017.

All the best for this week

Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams and the ROER4D Network Hub team.

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