University of Cape Town, South Africa
Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams is a leading figure in the international Open Educational Resources (OER) research community and currently holds the first ever UNESCO Chair in Open Education and Social Justice.
Formerly the PI of the large-scale, cross-regional Research on Open Educational Resources for Development (ROER4D) project, Cheryl has made a substantial contribution to growing research capacity in and advancing a theoretical understanding of open education and OER. In her capacity as a researcher and mentor, she has been instrumental in supporting a network of Global South scholars and ensuring that a diversity of voices is profiled in the global OER conversation.
Always operating with a critical and rigorously conceived big-picture perspective as well as deep compassion, Cheryl’s leadership has bolstered the developing country research presence in the global OER conversation. Her inclusive, critical leadership style has been instrumental in promoting research interventions of the highest standard while always promoting a caring, context-sensitive approach to working with researchers from a wide range of backgrounds and portraying the complexity of the Global open education landscape.
Read some of Cheryl’s work
Hodgkinson-Williams, C.A. (2018). When social inclusion doesn’t go far enough: concerns for the future of the OER movement in the Global South.
Hodgkinson-Williams, C.A. & Trotter, H. (2018). A social justice framework for understanding open educational resources and practices in the Global South, Journal of Learning for Development, 5(3), 204-224. Retrieved from http://www.jl4d.org/index.php/ejl4d/article/view/312
Cover image adapted from photo by Marcela Hernández (CC BY 2.0) via Flickr.