Elections

The election period for the Open Education Consortium will open on March 1.

Open Education Consortium by-laws require us to have 10 Board of Directors chosen by members. This year we need to elect 5 new Board members. To ensure we get the necessary 5 new Board members we ask OEC members to cast all 5 votes. This will also help ensure we get a diverse and inclusive Board with representation from around the world.

The election period starts March 1 and ends March 13. Results will be announced by March 23. If you have any questions about your membership or voting status, please contact:

Igor Lesko, igorlesko@oeconsortium.org, for members in Africa, Asia, Australia the Middle East and Europe (except Spain)

Marcela Morales, marcela.morales@oeconsortium.org, for members in the Americas and Spain

or tech@oeconsortium.org for any technical issues.

To inform your decision making about who to vote for we invite you to review the information about each candidate below:

Candidates for Board of Directors

  • Som Naidu, The University of the South Pacific (USP) (more information)
    • Job Title
      Pro-Vice Chancellor Flexible Learning and Director, Center for Flexible Learning. The University of the South Pacific, Laucala Campus, Suva, Fiji Islands
    • Biography
      Currently serving as Pro-Vice Chancellor Flexible Learning and Director, Center for Flexible Learning, at the University of the South Pacific, I have spent most of my professional life in the higher education sector in a variety of roles to do with enhancing learning and teaching practices in distance education, online learning and elearning, as well as in education more generally, and in various jurisdictions and geographical locations around the world.

      This comprises a 40 year plus career in education which started with serving as a high school teacher and a curriculum development officer in the Fiji Ministry of Education, followed by a lecturer role in distance education course design at the University of South Pacific. Following my doctoral studies in Canada, I took up and appointment as Assistant Professor of Educational Technology at Concordia University, Montreal, and then moving to Australia where I held a number of roles in several Australian Universities. This has included roles as Senior Lecturer in Instructional Design and Technology (the University of Southern Queensland), Associate Professor of Educational Technology and Multimedia Education and Head of Research and Evaluation (University of Melbourne), Associate Professor and Director of Teaching and Learning Quality Enhancement (Charles Sturt University), Associate Professor (Learning Transformations) (Swinburne University of Technology).

      My formal educational qualifications include a diploma in education from the University of the South Pacific, a Bachelor degree in Education (curriculum and instruction) from the University of Waikato in New Zealand, a master degree in education from USP, and a PhD in Educational Technology from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. I have undertaken sabbaticals in the Institute for Learning Sciences in the Graduate School of Computer Sciences at Northwestern University, Illinois, USA, in the Learning and Teaching Unit at Manchester Metropolitan University, and the Learning and Development Directorate at the University of London, United Kingdom, and in the Centre for Research, Innovation and Training in eLearning, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain.

      My publications in my areas of expertise include several books, book chapters, and more than a hundred peer-reviewed journal articles and conference papers. A frequently invited keynote speaker at national and international conferences, I possesses an extensive record of research and scholarship in the broad field of open, flexible and distance education, and especially in designing and implementing capacity building workshops in the areas of open educational practices, online learning and elearning. My professional consultancies in the field include numerous capacity building projects in course and curriculum design and development, online learning and elearning in Europe, Canada, Australia, China, India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, and the South Pacific.

      My academic editting roles include serving as executive editor of the journal Distance Education for more than 20 years, assistant editor of the journal Interactive Learning Environments, and a co-editor of the Routledge book series on Open, Flexible and Distance Learning. I have been a member of the inaugural Routledge Education Arena Panel of Editors.

      I have served as president of the Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia for two consecutive terms. And in May 2014 the Open University of Sri Lanka awarded me a D.Litt. (Honoris Causa), in recognition of my extensive contribution to the field of open, flexible, distance and e-learning both regionally and internationally.
    • Vision
      Help Promote the Idea of Open. Open education, is about a lot more than open access publishing and open educational resources.
    • Ideas
      OEC should calls for open education practices as the default option that must go beyond the practice of open scholarship to include this multidimensional nature of the educational practice.
    • Expertise
      Fundraising & Sustainability, Membership Growth and Engagement, Events and Services, Other
    • Other Expertise
      The Idea of Open
  • Davor Orlic, Jozef Stefan Institute (more information)
    • Job Title
      Researcher
    • Biography
      I am working in open education on the crossroad of research, technology development and policy creation. I have been at the center of OpeningupSlovenia, VideoLectures.Net, UNESCO OER Congress, UNESCO Chair in OER, UNESCO Chair in AI, and machine learning based projects for OER at Jozef Stefan Institute.
    • Vision
      I hope to work on the growth mechanisms of the OEC, including scalability and sustainability, as well as the provision of a technical infrastructure that would boost the value of OEC for its members.
    • Ideas
      To me the most interesting challenge is to work on incentive models for acquisition of new members and the understanding of the user experience (UX) of longtime members.
    • Expertise
      Operations including Legal & Finance
  • Martin Dougiamas, Moodle (more information)
    • Job Title
      Moodle CEO
    • Biography
      Dr Martin Dougiamas is best known as the founder of the open-source Moodle project, developing the software alone in the early years, and now leading over 70 team members as the CEO of Moodle Pty Ltd.

      Martin has a mixed academic background with multiple post-graduate degrees in Computer Science and Education and two honorary doctorates (from Spain and Belgium). He continues to focus on researching how technology can support teaching and learning in open and human ways, especially when it supports the UN’s sustainable development goals.
    • Vision
      I would like to help drive collaborations around open education technology.

      Yes, my own software, Moodle, is one of those, but there are hundreds of other open software providers in the space who should be working closer together with each other one what really matters: supporting the open education movement with open technology to help build a truly open infrastructure of the future.

      Part of this is standards, and I think OEC could endorse truly open standards to help everyone.
    • Ideas
      Moodle has initiated an annual conference called OpenEdTech.global in Barcelona (November 21-22) and I would love for it to be associated with OEC.

      Open standards curation and recommendation.
    • Expertise
      Membership Growth and Engagement
  • Constance Blomgren, Athabasca University (more information)
    • Job Title
      Assistant Professor
    • Biography
      Dr. Constance Blomgren, like many educators, has a passion for education and its transformative potential. In her current position as an assistant professor at Athabasca University, she consistently educates, both informally and formally, to bring awareness for OER and open pedagogy. Her extensive and varied experiences as a K-12 teacher now informs her teaching and research within higher education. Her duel vision provides a high level perspective that consistently informs her work.

      She leads collaboratively and by example. Believing that one either has to find a way or make a way to further the vision of openness in education, she likes to give and design creative offerings as part of contributing to open education. She has produced OER and open pedagogy professional development videos and podcasts for K-12 teacher education through the Multiply K-12 OER media project. Additionally, she organized the SPARC affiliated satellite (OpenCon 2018 K-12 Athabasca, repeated in 2019) that have been part of an effort to grow the K-12 OER teacher network. In the fall of 2018, she was a key organizer of #aboerjc - a monthly twitter chat based on a journal club concept, whereby an open access research article is discussed. As #aboerjc continues to grow, Connie consistently nurtures its scope and depth. Recently, a Node XL analysis identified her (@DocBlom) as a top ten open pedagogy influencer.
    • Vision
      In addition to strongly supporting the vision of OEC and its annual goals, I would like to accomplish three personal goals which include the following:
      - Strengthen the ways and means for the translation and localization of OER so that open assets are not replicating colonial patterns of education.
      - Amplify the potential for openness in education through strengthening its position within the K-12 system, as well as within galleries, libraries, archives and museums.
      - Nurture networks of educators so that small scale initiatives prove successful and thus reinforcing for further initiatives.
    • Ideas
      The OEC has a global reach and vision, and thus my ideas provide only one perspective on such a comprehensive endeavour. I believe that if the OEC keeps at the heart of its efforts UNESCO’s SDG #4 the combined efforts of many people pulling in this direction will make a difference. The challenge is to be consistently mindful of how the collective efforts of the OEC may directly affect the lives of many through the benefits of open education. In other words, I would work within current efforts such as the 13 themes garnered from the collaborative roadmaps exercise.
    • Expertise
      Membership Growth and Engagement, Events and Services
  • Alexis Clifton, SUNY OER Services (more information)
    • Job Title
      Director of Open Teaching and Learning
    • Biography
      As the Director of Open Teaching and Learning with SUNY OER Services, I work in support of open initiatives with the 64 institutions that make up the State University of New York (SUNY) system. I have extensive experience providing meaningful professional development for OER and open pedagogy in higher education, including workshops and virtual offerings. I enjoy helping to build, scale, and sustain OER initiatives across our campuses. I see open educational practices as fundamental to serving the needs of our students, as well as meeting the core missions of our institutions.

      SUNY (the State University of New York) is a highly diverse system that includes 29 community colleges, several of which are national leaders in OER implementation programs and Z Degrees. SUNY also includes comprehensive colleges, technical colleges, and research universities. Schools vary widely in size, program offerings, economic climates, and geographic regions across New York state. Of 64 SUNY institutions, 58 have active OER programming that SUNY OER Services helps support.

      Before joining SUNY in 2017, I served for two years as Faculty Success Lead with Lumen Learning, which allowed me to work closely with faculty in a variety of settings transitioning to open educational practices across the United States. I also taught English composition and writing for 15 years at the community college level. I began using OER in my own courses at Tacoma Community College in Washington in 2008. I later worked on the Kaleidoscope Open Course Initiative and other national OER collaborations, which introduced me to the rich community of open practitioners world-wide.
    • Vision
      I would look to expand on 2018's pilot program ideas, to build stronger infrastructure of support for future collaboratives among members.

      I would seek opportunities for highlighting member institutions' successes, and distill and distribute flexible models from those successes that can be adapted elsewhere.

      I would look to grow membership in currently under-represented geographic regions, and in sectors where adoption of open educational practices would have large impact.

      I would promote opportunities for close dialogue and mentoring among member organizations including intersegmental collaborations across primary, secondary, and tertiary education levels.
    • Ideas
      I see great promise in the OEC's pilot programs that began in 2018. Such initiatives need to strike a fine balance between open participation and dedicated volunteer resources that sustain the project and keep momentum rolling over an extended period of time.

      I would hope to expand the community of open practices across member organizations. I would welcome more opportunities to interact with schools outside of my own geographic region, and better understand the open resources and support mechanisms that are being developed and deployed across the world.

      Within SUNY, the greatest value that SUNY OER Services brings to our campuses are specific models that can be adapted to fit local needs. This includes OER faculty support programs, technical support features (such as print pathways for open textbooks), and sustainability plans. I would look to the needs of our community members, and bring to light existing models as well as help develop new ones that are adaptable to many local conditions.

      I would also like to establish mentorship programs, and other tools to establish close relationships among member organizations. Many of us have more in common that might be immediately apparent, including the fact that we're all still in the process of understanding the full capabilities of open practices. It can be daunting for new members to come into a community that seems to be further along the curve, even if that is more perception than reality.
    • Expertise
      Membership Growth and Engagement, Events and Services
  • Peter Smith, University of Maryland University College (more information)
    • Job Title
      Professor
    • Biography
      Current - Professor of Innovative Practices in Higher Education, University of Maryland University College
      Former
      - ADG-Education - UNESCO
      - Founding President - Community College of Vermont and California State University Monterey Bay.
      Winner, OEC Leadership Award for Excellence - 2015

      OEC Leadership Award for Excellence - 2015
    • Vision
      Promoting ever-greater use of OERs globally
      Stable funding going forward
      Stable organization going forward
    • Ideas
      A global "resource bank" for practice, policy, and ever-deeper understanding and use of OERs.
    • Expertise
      Fundraising & Sustainability, Events and Services
  • Melissa Layne, American Public University System (more information)
    • Job Title
      AVP Research & Innovation Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Open Educational Resources
    • Biography
      American Public University System
      Location: USA
      Term: 2019-2021
      Dr. Melissa Layne is the Associate Vice President of Research and Innovation at the American Public University System (APUS). She also serves as the Founding Editor-in-Chief for the International Journal of Open Educational Resources—the first official academic journal devoted solely to OERs and to also integrate Blockchain technology (Blessinger & Bliss, 2018). The first inaugural online issue features research from OER leaders across the globe and is represented by an Editorial Board equally as impressive. The first three weeks of the IJOER website’s debut, over 5,533 individuals applied for membership to the site. Layne’s dual role as research and innovation is reflected in her research agenda to include topics on student retention, OER, Blockchain and OER academic publishing, adaptive and personalized learning, multi-user virtual environments, self-paced online learning and OER instructional design and implementation, text analytics, predictive analytics, and quality assurance in open and online learning at the institutional, program and course levels. Her research has been awarded by several distance learning organizations including the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), National University Technology Network (NUTN), and the Distance Learning Administration (DLA) organization. Layne also served on the advisory council for the New Media Consortium, which is responsible for the annual issue of The Horizon Report and was an Invited Participant for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Post Secondary Next Generation Models Advisory Council. She is currently a member on several top tier editorial and advisory boards. Her work has been covered in well over 50 peer-reviewed journal publications, 10 book chapters, presentations, and invited keynotes.
    • Vision
      *Advance knowledge on various OER topics, issues, and innovation with research (and respective research methodology) agenda.

      *Base innovative processes around OER theoretical frameworks, networking, thought-leadership, idea-generation inclusive of incentives, value-add and KPIs.

      *Envision and help to configure infrastructures supporting strategic business and/or potential grant opportunities.

      *Assess current and emerging market trends and target audiences in new technologies and innovation in terms of how they may be leveraged in the greater OER Community (i.e., Blockchain & publishing).
    • Ideas
      Because the OEC has developed its values around a) a global focus; b) openness; c) equity; d) collaboration; e) and multiculturalism, the work I have started with IJOER perfectly aligns with these values. The journal is a) an internationally-focused publication; b) is open access; c) is unbiased in reviews or selection of articles; d) is collaborative with the OER Community in its development (i.e., OER and Beyond Blog; and e) welcomes multiculturism with an international editorial board and international representation of published articles. As such, I see the potential for OEC to either partner, sponsor, or collaborate in some fashion with IJOER--much like OLC sponsors the Online Learning Journal (OLJ).

      Another idea is to leverage expansion of the journal and potential partnership with OEC in the form of various Research Awards which would serve as an incentive for OER researchers to conduct and publish more research around OER. With an academic "home" to publish OER research now, this is a prime opportunity to highlight and reward individuals at future OE Global Conferences in more categories.
    • Expertise
      Membership Growth and Engagement, Other
    • Other Expertise
      Innovation Strategy; Thought Leadership
  • Hsu-Tien (Marian) Wan, Taiwan Open Course and Education Consortium (TOCEC) (more information)
    • Job Title
      Deputy CIO
    • Biography
      Marian Wan is the Associate Dean of the Office of Information Technology at Taipei Medical University (TMU). In 2017, she founded the Digital Initiative Center at College of Interdisciplinary Studies in TMU, whose vision is to promote the best practices of OER, e-learning and MOOCs.
      Marian has served as the delegate of TMU in OEC since 2007 and present reports at more than 5 OE Global or Asia Conferences. As a lecturer of Applied Information Technology in TMU, she has applied OER in her courses for a decade. The practice reports were presented in Global Conferences as well.
      Since 2012, Marian had organized the MOOCs Production Studio for TMU. Currently, 60 courses has produced. More than 10 courses are English-speaking courses, which is rare in Asia. Moreover, most of them are reused in various courses in TMU as flipped classroom.
      In 2018, the Digital Initiative Center has launched a campaign for undergraduates to study quality MOOCs.

      Marian holds a Master of Computer Science, and a Bachelor of Pharmacy.
    • Vision
      - To promote the awareness of Open Education in Asia.
      - To empower teachers and students using Open Education Resources, especially under Asian culture.
      - To sustain the Open Education Resources and extend the sharing.
    • Ideas
      - Link to more societies, relatively or non-relatively.
      - Empowering Learners should be the key factor.
      - Culture differences and language barrier should be cared.
      - Regional chapters should be encouraged.
    • Expertise
      Events and Services, Other
    • Other Expertise
      IT project management