2e Congrès mondial des REL : Invitation ouverte à contribuer à la rédaction du Plan d’action de Ljubljana sur les REL

[Communication publiée de l’UNESCO] Nous avons le plaisir de vous annoncer qu’un projet de Plan d’Action sur les Ressources Educatives Libres est désormais disponible en ligne pour vos commentaires et retours, en préparation du 2e Congrès mondial des REL, co-organisé par l’UNESCO et le Gouvernement de Slovénie du 18 au 20 septembre à Ljubljana. Le Plan d’Action sur […]

2nd World OER Congress: Open Invitation to contribute toward the Ljubljana OER Action Plan

[Reposted Communication from UNESCO] We are pleased to announce that a draft Action Plan on Open Educational Resources is being shared online for global comments and feedback leading up to the 2nd World OER Congress co-organized by UNESCO and the Government of Slovenia from 18-20 September in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The OER Action Plan will build upon: The outcomes of the […]

New Open Praxis Issue Published: Selected papers from the Open Education Global 2017 Conference

Dear Colleagues, The latest issue of Open Praxis compiles selected papers presented at the Open Education Global 2017 Conference, held in Cape Town (South Africa) on March 8-10, 2017: http://conference.oeconsortium.org/2017/ The latest issue can be accessed at http://openpraxis.org/index.php/OpenPraxis/issue/view/26 We look forward to collaborating with Open Praxis again for the Open Education Global 2018 Conference: http://conference.oeconsortium.org/2018

OEC Board Announces Executive Director Position

It is with a mix of sadness and gratitude that the Open Education Consortium (OEC) Board of Directors announces Mary Lou Forward’s departure as Executive Director of OEC, effective August 11, 2017. Since 2009, Mary Lou has played a critical role in the development and success of the organization, and we want to thank her […]

OEC Board Announces Executive Director Position

CONCORD, Mass. – July 13, 2017 – PRLog — It is with a mix of sadness and gratitude that the Open Education Consortium (OEC) Board of Directors announces Mary Lou Forward’s departure as Executive Director of OEC, effective August 11, 2017. Since 2009, Mary Lou has played a critical role in the development and success of the organization, and we […]

OEC Announces 2018 Global Conference

  CONCORD, Mass. – June 19, 2017 – PRLog — Now in its 11th year, the Open Education Consortium (OEC) is pleased to announce the 2018 Conference, “TRANSFORMING EDUCATION THROUGH OPEN APPROACHES.” “As an organization, we are committed to ensuring access to effective educational tools and content for everyone, everywhere through building a global network […]

Call for Participation: Business Models for Open, Online, Flexible and Technology-Enhanced Learning

Dear Open Education Community, Business Models for Open, Online, Flexible and Technology-Enhanced Learning (OOFAT Models) study is being conducted of behalf of the International Council for Open & Distance Education by OER Hub at The Open University (UK) and Forschungsinstitut für Bildungs- und Sozialökonomie (FIBS).   The study covers the topics of content development, content delivery and recognition and certification.  It also asks […]

Call for Participation: Impact of OER on Faculty and Students

Dear Open Education Community Prof. Rory McGreal, a UNESCO/COL/ICDE Chair in OER from the Athabasca University, Canada, is conducting a research for Contact North’s “Pockets of Innovation” series (https://teachonline.ca/pockets-innovation). The goal of the research is to show examples of successful implementations of OER focusing on the benefits to faculty and students specifically and not on cost savings – although applicable savings will […]

The 31st Annual Conference of the Asian Association of Open Universities: Call for Proposals

The 31st Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU) Conference will be held from 27 – 29 September 2017 at the Royal Ambarrukmo Hotel, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. It is hosted by Universitas Terbuka (Indonesia Open University). The main theme of the Conference is “Open University for inclusive and equitable quality education”. Sub-Themes: The conference will address the […]

Tian Belawati

Tian Belawati

Universitas Terbuka (Indonesia Open University)
Location: Indonesia
Term: 2017-2019

Professor Tian Belawati has served lifetime professional contributions to open and distance learning (ODL). She has had extensive experiences in research, teaching, and administration of a large scale open university system, which serves over 400,000 students residing in Indonesia and overseas.

Her work experiences include various positions within an ODL institution that serves diverse groups of students with differing needs and circumstances. She started her career in academic life in 1985 when she joined Universitas Terbuka (UT) as an editor. She then received scholarships to further her study and was awarded the Master of Education degree from Simon Fraser University and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the University of British of Columbia, Canada. Upon her return to UT, Indonesia in 1996, she was appointed as Head of the Center for Indonesian Studies. As Head of the Center, she was able to significantly increase funding allocation for research, establish accredited academic journal of ODL in Indonesia, and promote research culture within UT. During her term, UT introduced research-based policy making that has paved the way for achievement and future direction of UT as a reputable quality ODL provider. Her leadership experience of the Centre has further taken her to greater responsibilities as Vice Rector for Academic Affairs at UT. As Vice Rector she introduced innovations and good practices in the use of new technology for the delivery of ODL. Her two-terms as Vice Rector, from 2001 up to 2009, have taken UT into a new ODL platform in a developing country context through utilization of new and appropriate technology. Among others, she has introduced innovations through UT Online, such as online tutorials, open educational resources (OERs), online examination, digital library, integrated information system for learning materials development, and other ICT-based initiatives in teaching, learning and academic administration.

Professor Belawati is currently serving her second term of office as the Rector of UT. In the first two years of her first office term as Rector, she has taken decisive actions to mobilize effort in partnerships with stakeholders to improve the quality of ODL, develop greater public confidence in ODL, and establish collaborative effort with international as well as regional ODL institutions and associations. She is extensively involved in various joint initiatives with other ODL players and organizations in her capacity as both ODL researcher and top administrator. Her professional achievements have led her appointments as Secretary General (2007-2009) and then President (2009-2010) of the Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU). Her leadership was further acknowledged at the global level through her appointment as a member of the Election Committee (2007-2009), a member of the Executive Committee (2009-now), and as the President of the International Council for Open and Distance Education/ICDE (2010-2015), the leading global membership organization for open, distance, flexible and online education, including e-learning which holds a consultative partner status with UNESCO. After the ICDE Presidency, Prof. Belawati was asked to join the ICDE Board of Trustees starting in 2017.

Professor Belawati holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Adult Education (University of British Columbia, Canada, and a Master of Education in Management of Distance Education (Simon Fraser University, Canada.). Her academic reputation in ODL has been recognized through various awards, namely GTP-Bappenas Awards for independent research; World Bank Awards, the Young Academic Program of Indonesian, the Directorate General for Higher Education (YAP-DGHE) for independent research;YAP-DGHE Awards for international publication; IDRC-PanAsia Organization Award for both independent and collaborative research; and Fullbright Award for senior independent research. The latest awards she received were for her life time contributions in the field of education, the AAOU Meritorious Service Award in 2012 and the Distinguished Individual Promoter of the ODL from the African Council for Distance Education (ACDE) in June 2014.