ROER4D weekly update – 14 October 2017

Latest chapter in ROER4D edited volume released
The latest chapter in the forthcoming edited volume OER Adoption and Impact in the Global South has been released online as part of ROER4D’s advance online publication strategy. Entitled OER use in the Global South: A baseline survey of higher education instructors, the research presented in the chapter provides baseline data regarding the use of OER by higher education instructors in the Global South (South America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and South and Southeast Asia). It does so while attending to how such activity (or inactivity) is differentiated across continental regions and associated countries.

ROER4D team members attend the Open Education Conference
The 14th Annual Open Education Conference took place 11-13 October in Anaheim, California. ROER4D team members Henry Trotter and Sukaina Walji attended and shared insights from emerging ROER4D research. Henry presented on Degrees of social inclusion: Emerging insights from the ROER4D project. They also participated in a Virtually Connecting seminar and discussed some of the emerging conference themes around inclusion, diversity and participation. Henry and Sukaina will also be attending the World Conference on Online Learning in Toronto, Canada which takes place 16-19 October where they will be presenting on various aspects of ROER4D research.

IT for Change to organise national seminar on technology-mediated gender-based violence
IT for Change (the team behind ROER4D Sub-project 5) and the Advanced Centre for Women’s Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, are organising a national seminar on technology-mediated gender-based violence (GBV) in December 2017. The call for abstracts closes 31 October 2017.

A Big Publisher Embraces OER
On 10 October the publisher Cengage announced a new product line built around OER, a move that has led to some discussion and consternation among Open advocates. Nicole Allen (from SPARC) is cited in the article as saying: “It’s one thing to brand something as open, and another thing for it to actually be open. … As OER has gained momentum, more and more companies want to attach themselves to the idea of being open. But for each product that’s launched, we need to keep asking questions. Is it really open, or is it just being branded as open? Open is not just a set of attributes, it’s a set of values and practices that make education better.” Undoubtedly this remains an interesting space to watch.

All the best for this week

Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams and the ROER4D Network Hub team.

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