The Open Education Professional Directory

Mais Fatayer, PhD student


University of Western Sydney


Native/near native level proficiency
Arabic Native Fluent English Second Language Excellent
Conversational level proficiency
Arabic Native Fluent English Second Language Excellent

Areas of expertise

Open Education - General
Oversight of open education at an institution
Business Models for open education
Research in open education
Awareness raising and outreach
Open Educational Resources
Authoring OER
Instructional design using OER
Peer review of OER
Faculty adoption of OER
Open Access
Open Access publishing
Expertise in a particular discipline
Student engagement in authoring OER
Geographic regions of professional expertise


Personal statement

My experience with OER is through the engagement of undergraduate students in the development of OER. This includes raising awareness between staff and students, tapping into student-generated content through engaging students in creating learning resources and publishing openly. The work also includes understanding the technical background of students in the area of student-generated content and user-generated content, and students' skills as being labelled as "new generations" of using content authoring software tools to build the learning resources.
The work has been put into real-life setting, that is educational environment at the University of Western Sydney - Australia, in the period of 2012-2013 and evaluated in terms of students' learning performance and quality of student-generated OER.

My personal experience prior to this research was at the Arab Open University as tutor and unit coordinator between 2008-2010, and followed by this PhD research work in 2011 up to present.