The Open Education Professional Directory

Ramesh Sharma, Regional Director


Indira Gandhi National Open University, India


Native/near native level proficiency
English, Hindi
Conversational level proficiency

Areas of expertise

Open Education - General
Oversight of open education at an institution
Open Education policy development
Implementation of open education policies
Open licenses
Business Models for open education
Fundraising for open education projects
Research in open education
Open Educational Resources
Authoring OER
Using/remixing OER for face to face education
Using/remixing OER for online education
Instructional design using OER
Peer review of OER
Faculty adoption of OER
Technology for OER
OER and lifelong learning
Open Access
Open Access publishing
Peer review in open access journals
Authoring MOOCs
Facilitating MOOCs
MOOC instructional design
Openly licensed content in MOOCs
Technology for MOOCs
Using MOOCs in formal education programs
Expertise in a particular discipline
Teacher Education, Information Technology, Educational Psychology
Geographic regions of professional expertise
South America


Personal statement

From July 2009 till June 2011, I was the Director of the Institute of Distance and Continuing Education (IDCE), at University of Guyana, Guyana, South America (employed by the Commonwealth Secretariat, United Kingdom as a Commonwealth Fund for Technical Cooperation Expert in Distance Education) to lead distance education activities; to provide leadership in the successful management of the Institute; to develop the strategic vision for the IDCE; to design, develop and implement new and relevant programmes; and to attract funded consultancies and projects.

Since 1996 I am working as Regional Director of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), India providing leadership, strategic planning, management and evaluation for open, distance and flexible learning, establishing and managing educational development systems. In addition I contributed to instructional design and technology for the distance education programmes and courses for IGNOU and MP Bhoj Open University, India.

I am the Co-Editor of 'Asian Journal of Distance Education' ISSN 1347-9008, (

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