[Open-education] OpenMed Open Symposium

Daniel Villar-Onrubia daniel.villaronrubia at oxfordalumni.org
Mon Apr 11 17:40:25 UTC 2016

Dear All

I am glad to let you know we have now more seats available at the OpenMed
Open symposium. If you are interested in attending please sing up at

Best wishes


On 7 April 2016 at 19:54, Daniel Villar-Onrubia <
daniel.villaronrubia at oxfordalumni.org> wrote:

> Dear All
> As part of the OpenMed project, Coventry University (UK) will be hosting a
> symposium on the 3rd of May.
> Attendance is free but places are limitted, so if you wish to attend
> please sign up here:
> https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/openmed-open-symposium-tickets-24398195660
> I hope you find it of interest.
> Best wishes
> Daniel
> 13.30-14.15:
> *The Battle for Open, by Prof. Martin Weller*
> Many aspects of open education have begun to enter the mainstream of
> academic practice. Open access publishing has been mandated in many
> countries, and similar arrangements are now in place for open data. Open
> education resources (OERs) and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have
> reached millions of learners. Open scholarship practices see academics
> sharing content, making new connections and utilising new technologies and
> methodologies. However, there are also issues involved in the growing
> acceptance of open – the manner in which it is used as a marketing term,
> the control of open approaches by publishers, and new pressures on scholars
> in establishing online identities. In this talk Martin Weller, author of
> the book The Battle for Open, will explore the rise of the open approach,
> and these current tensions.
> Martin Weller is Professor of Educational Technology at the Open
> University in the UK. He chaired the OU’s first elearning course in 1999
> with 15,000 students, and has been the VLE Director at the OU. He was part
> of the team that initiated the OpenLearn project and is currently Director
> of the OER Research Hub project. He is author of the books The Digital
> Scholar and The Battle for Open. He holds the ICDE Chair in OER. He blogs
> at edtechie.net
> 14.15-15.15:
> *Workshop on Open Badges initiative at Coventry University*
> Open badges
> 15.15-15.45:
> Break / Time for networking
> 15.45-16.30:
> *Opportunities and Challenges of OER in the MENA region, by Prof. Sana EL
> Harbi*
> The MENA region is at the midst of redefining its political system.
> Education is at the heart of vibrant social movements, it is the focal
> point of interactions between societal values, economic constraints and
> internationalization challenges. Despite its potential in promoting
> knowledge and its beneficial effects on boosting economic opportunities,
> open educational resources originating from the region are rare and open
> practices are far from entering the mainstream of academic practices. Yet,
> the MENA region is replete with young people who are naturally very exposed
> to internet and social media and receptive to digitized contents. This
> young population is a window of opportunity that would underpin the use of
> open educational practices. Sana Harbi analyses the challenges and
> opportunities of open practices in the education field in the MENA region
> and the potential implications they may have on local communities as well
> as on the region.
> Sana Harbi is a Professor of Quantitative Methods at the University of
> Sousse (Tunisia). She initiated the team of Open Education Resources at the
> University. She involves her students and colleagues in activities and
> projects that reflect open education practices. In the last years, her
> academic interest focuses on the economic value and the business model
> underpinning OER. In addition, Sana Harbi is a member of the University
> board and the academic commission at the Higher Education Ministry. She was
> recently honored as a UNESCO Chair in OER.
> ---------
> OpenMed (http://openmedproject.eu/) is an Erasmus+ project aimed at
> widening participation and adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER) and
> Open Educational Practices (OEP) to support the modernisation of the Higher
> Education sector in the Arabic Mediterranean Region.
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <http://lists.okfn.org/pipermail/open-education/attachments/20160411/32745755/attachment-0003.html>

More information about the open-education mailing list