The Open Education Professional Directory

Mark Smithers, General Manager


Academic Tribe


Native/near native level proficiency

Areas of expertise

Open Education - General
Open Education policy development
Business Models for open education
Accessibility in open education
Assessment and accreditation of learning through open education
Open Educational Resources
Authoring OER
Using/remixing OER for online education
OER project management
Instructional design using OER
Technology for OER
MOOC instructional design
Openly licensed content in MOOCs
Technology for MOOCs
Overall project management for MOOC development
Geographic regions of professional expertise


Personal statement

I have a high level understanding of learning and teaching in higher education and organisational learning with twenty five years’ experience working with, and for, universities in the UK and Australia as an academic, consultant and professional staff member as well as experience in private industry. My work has involved course development, learning design and innovative learning and teaching practices including problem based learning, simulations, gaming and scenario based learning. More recently my work has involved new approaches to learning and teaching based on appropriate use of current technology. I have been committed to open learning for the last 15 years and developed policies and frameworks at several universities. I am currently General Manager at Academic Tribe who are committed to the development of open educational resources and open learning solutions across the tertiary education and professional development sectors.

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