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.


 


DNA Origami

April 12 CCCOER Webinar: OER Degree Research

An OER-based degree, sometimes referred to as a Zero-Textbook-Cost degree, is a pathway to a degree or credential with no textbook costs. Faculty have redesigned the courses in the pathway to use open educational resources (OER) instead of traditional commercial textbooks and early research shows students are succeeding as well or better than peers in traditional courses while […]

Reflections on #OEGlobal 2017

Reflections on #OEGlobal 2017 from James Glapa-Grossklag, outgoing OEC Board President Colleagues from around the world have posted generous reflections on the 2017 Open Education Global (#OEGlobal) conference, held this year in beautiful Cape Town. Many of those posts offer summations of key themes, so I will do something a bit different–pose a challenge to […]

Amanda Coolidge

Amanda Coolidge
BCcampus
Location: Canada
Term: 2017-2019

Amanda Coolidge is the Senior Manager of Open Education at BCcampus. She leads the BC Open Textbook Project as well as the Open Education initiatives in the province of British Columbia, Canada. The BCcampus Open Education team produces Open Educational Resources (OER) – textbooks, toolkits, and other learning materials – in collaboration with the B.C. post-secondary system. The team also develops and delivers workshops to increase awareness, adoption, and adaptation of OER by instructors throughout the province and around the world. Amanda has as a background in Educational Technology and Instructional Design. Prior to working in the British Columbia Post-Secondary Sector, Amanda was the Senior Educational Technologist on the TESSA (Teacher Education in Sub Saharan Africa) project, based in Nairobi, Kenya. TESSA is a bank of open educational resources (OER), linked to the school curriculum, and designed to support teachers and teacher educators in developing active approaches to learning.

Amanda’s professional interests include open educational practices, open pedagogy, open policy, and best practices in universal design. You can follow Amanda on twitter @acoolidge.


 


Laura Czerniewicz

Laura Czerniewicz
University of Cape Town
Location: South Africa
Term: 2017-2019

Associate Professor Czerniewicz has a long history engaging with open scholarship, open access and open education in higher education. She is the director of the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching at the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa. Prior to that, she headed OpenUCT, a three-year Mellon funded initiative which culminated in an institutional repository designed to share both research and teaching resources, an enabling institutional open access policy, Guidelines supporting open access and research outputs. Her research interests include open education, the technologically-mediated practices of students and academics, the nature of the changing higher education environment and the geopolitics of knowledge, underpinned by a commitment to surfacing the expressions of inequality within and across contexts. Laura be followed as @czernie on Twitter.


 


Peter Smith

Yu-Lun Huang
University of Maryland University College
Location: USA
Term: 2017-2019

Peter Smith is the Orkand Endowed Chair and Professor of Innovative Practices in Higher Education at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC). The Founding President of the Community College of Vermont in 1970, Peter founded two other colleges – California State University Monterey Bay (1995) and the Open College at Kaplan University (2014) – and served as Assistant Director General for Education at UNESCO. He also held political office, serving the State of Vermont as State Senator, Lt. Governor, and Congressman-at-Large.

Peter served on the initial advisory council for MIT OCW in 2001 and has been deeply involved in the OER movement ever since. He was awarded the OEC Leadership Award for Open Education Excellence in 2015. The author of four books and dozens of articles as well as member of two dozen boards over the last 45 years, Peter brings experience, organizational insight, an innovative spirit, and enthusiasm to the OEC Board.


 


Yu-Lun Huang

Yu-Lun Huang
Taiwan Open Course Consortium
Location: Taiwn
Term: 2017-2019

Yu-Lun Huang received the B.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science, and Information Engineering from the National Chiao-Tung University, Taiwan in 1995, and 2001, respectively. She has been a member of Phi Tau Phi Society since 1995. She is now an associate professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering of National Chiao-Tung University (NCTU). She is now the Associate Dean of NCTU Academic Affairs, Director of Center for Continuing Education and Training at NCTU, and Director of Center for Teaching and Learning Development at NCTU. She has been serving the Secretary General of Taiwan Open Course Consortium since 2014. Her research interests include wireless security, virtualization security, embedded software, embedded operating systems, risk assessment, secure payment systems, VoIP, QoS and critical information infrastructure protection (CIIP), IoT Security, LTE Security, creative and innovative teaching model, etc.


 


OEC Announces New President of the Board of Directors

The Open Education Consortium announces that Sophie Touzé has been elected as President of the Board of Directors for a two-year term beginning March 2017. Sophie Touzé is the Head of Innovation and Digital Transformation at VetAgro Sup, Institute of higher education in food science, animal health, agricultural and environmental sciences, France.  Ms.Touzé also serves […]

OEC Announces New President of the Board of Directors

The Open Education Consortium announces that Sophie Touzé has been elected as President of the Board of Directors for a two-year term beginning March 2017. Sophie Touzé is the Head of Innovation and Digital Transformation at VetAgro Sup, Institute of higher education in food science, animal health, agricultural and environmental sciences, France.  Ms.Touzé also serves […]

OEC Announces New Board Members for 2017

NEWTON, Mass. – Feb. 27, 2017 – PRLog — The Open Education Consortium (OEC) is pleased to announce the addition of new members to the Board of Directors: Yu Lun Huang, Laura Czerniewicz, Peter Smith, Amanda Coolidge, and the re-election of Stavros Xanthopoylos. The Board, elected from member institutions, provides strategic direction and fiscal oversight […]