This season set out to explore different aspects and approaches to being Open in Higher Education.

This season was held over a 2 week period in the November 2018.

Each session included a 1 hour online sessions, exploring concepts, issues, technologies, programs, and the affordances of Open in higher education.

Featured speakers included researchers, educators and industry leaders engaging in Open Practices. Each online session consisted of a 30 min presentation followed by a Q&A session, then open discussion on the ways these technologies could be used to support teaching and learning at CSU.

You can view the recorded sessions in the videos below:

Sessions


Open Publishing And Open Textbooks: The Value Of Access

Tuesday 13 November 2018 at 12:00pm

Jessica Stevens – QUT & Australian Creative Commons Chapter

Access to education is essential for humans to progress and develop to their full potential. The fundamental requirement of access to education is highlighted in the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number four, to ‘ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all’.

This research considers how open education resources, specifically the creation and adaption of open textbooks, can be better used to support human progress and development through broader access to education. Specifically, it investigates how open publishing models work in the context of open textbooks in higher education. Drawing on the dominant open textbook publishing models in higher education and through qualitative research interviews with stakeholders, this research analyses the circumstances in which open publishing models are effective and efficient; and how they compare to each other.

The overall goal of this research is twofold. First this research seeks to provide a template to guide Australian stakeholders in higher education on choosing between models of open publishing; making it easier to support, fund, create and adopt open textbooks in the Australian publishing ecosystem. Second, the outcomes of this research assist stakeholders in understanding the potential value associated with providing barrier free access to education resources, such as the potential to address SDGs and support human development.

Bio: Jessica Stevens is a PhD Candidate in the Intellectual Property and Innovation Law Research Program at the Queensland University of Technology. Her research focuses on open access to knowledge, open publishing models, open education resources, sustainable development and human flourishing. She is also the Creative Commons Global Network Council Representative for the Australian Creative Commons Chapter.


Learning In The Open

Thursday 15 November 2018 at 12:00pm

Adam Brimo – CEO – Open Learning

Adam introduces the Open Learning platform, a new tool that’s been developed here in Australia to facilitate new opportunities for learning online.


Open Educational Resources (OER) University: Making Education Accessible For All

Wednesday 21 November 2018 at 12:00pm

Wayne Mackintosh – UNESCO/ICDE Chair in OER, Director of the OER Foundation

The OERu makes education accessible to everyone. Coordinated by the OER Foundation, we are an independent, not-for-profit network that offers free online courses for students worldwide. We also provide affordable ways for learners to gain academic credit towards qualifications from recognised institutions.

Wayne Mackintosh is the founding director of the OER Foundation headquartered at Otago Polytechnic, New Zealand. He is coordinating the establishment of the OERu, an international innovation partnership which aims to widen access to more affordable education for all. Wayne holds the UNESCO / ICDE Chair in OER at Otago Polytechnic and serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the OER Foundation. He is a strategy innovator with a passion for open sourcing education.

The OERu makes education accessible to everyone. Coordinated by the OER Foundation, we are an independent, not-for-profit network that offers free online courses for students worldwide. We also provide affordable ways for learners to gain academic credit towards qualifications from recognised institutions.


Becoming Open At The Institutional Level – Lessons From Kwantlen Polytechnic

Thursday 22 November 2018 at 12:00pm

Rajiv Jhiangi – Special Advisor to the Provost on Open Education

Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) in British Columbia, Canada is a public post-secondary institution that has thoroughly embraced open educational practices. KPU leads Canada in the creation, adaptation, and adoption of open textbooks, launched the country’s first Zed Cred (zero textbook cost) programs, is developing open online courses as part of the OERu network, and supports experimentation with open pedagogy by its faculty. Join this presentation to learn about how this transformation came about, what lessons were learned along the way, and what the future holds for universities that wish to embrace the concept of openness in education.

Bio: Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani is the Special Advisor to the Provost on Open Education and a Psychology Instructor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, where he conducts research in open education and the scholarship of teaching and learning. A passionate advocate for open educational practices who has spoken at events and institutions around the world, Dr. Jhangiani is a co-founder of the Open Pedagogy Notebook, an Associate Editor of Psychology Learning and Teaching and an Ambassador for the Center for Open Science. His most recent book is Open: The Philosophy and Practices that are Revolutionizing Education and Science (2017). You can find him online at @thatpsychprof or thatpsychprof.com.