ROER4D weekly update – 10 November 2017

Latest chapter from ROER4D research investigates teacher educators’ use of OER in East Africa
We are delighted to share the advance release of the Chapter 10 – OER in and as MOOCs in the forthcoming edited volume OER Adoption and Impact in the Global South, due to be published at the end of 2017. The chapter is authored by Laura Czerniewicz, Andrew Deacon, Michael Glover and Sukaina Walji examines the experiences of the educators involved in the production and rollout of four MOOCs from the University of Cape Town, with the overarching question of ‘how does MOOC-making with Open Educational Resources (OER) influence educators’ Open Educational Practices (OEP)?’ The findings indicate that educators did indeed display pedagogical, legal and financial dimensions of OEP, despite facing challenges and contradictions in the MOOC-making process. It appears that their engagement with OER during the MOOC-making process facilitated further OER adoption, though more research is needed to determine the long-term effect on educators’ OER-related practices.

New annual report from ITforChange
In their 2016/2017 annual report ITforChange briefly review their second phase of the ROER4D project, “Scaling Open Education Resource Based Teacher Professional Development in India”. Based on the findings of the first ROER4D study, the second phase investigates the interactions of a ‘professional learning community’ (PLC) of teachers to deepen understanding about OER adoption and the PLC-OER model and generalize and abstract elements of the PLC-OER model, through up-scaling the model in two other states in India to develop a tool-kit that can be used by other state governments.

OER and the Sustainable Development Goal 4
In the buildup to the 2nd World OER Congress, a number of regional consultations were held with key stakeholders in the OER community about the importance of OER in supporting the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 4 in their respective countries. ROER4D Deputy Principal Investigator, Associate Professor Patricia Arinto, (Open University of the Philippines) and ROER4D researchers Werner Westermann (Library of National Congress, Chile) and Batbold Zagdragchaa (New Policy Institute, Mongolia) were all interviewed about how OER supports sustainable development in relation to the specific socio-economic and historical conditions in their countries.

New blog post: ROER4D at the ICDE World Conference on Online Learning
In our latest blog post, Henry Trotter reports on ICDE World Conference on Online Learning. ROER4D-affiliated researchers presented on a variety of topics at the conference, including SP10.3’s Laura Czerniewicz opening plenary session on emerging pedagogies in a context of national higher education protests; Sukaina Walji’s presentation on the emerging Open Education cycle model which shows how OER activity in the Global South is currently focused on use ‘as-is’ and is lacking in the adaptation and re-curation activity that maximises the potential impact of OER; and Henry Trotter’s presentation on the effect of national, provincial and institutional policy on OER engagement, particularly with regard to open licensing.

OER18 call for proposals
The focus of OER18 is on inclusivity, particularly in regards to how and in what ways Open Education and open practices support students from diverse backgrounds, foster inclusivity, and support student success. An additional thread within the conference is the interrelationship between OER and open education and the other ‘opens’ – open data, open science, and open access. The deadline for the Call for Proposals is 17 November.

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