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

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
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.