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Tuesday, April 24


Open science, open government and open data: creating an impact through open education and open connections
Virtual Research Environments (VREs) are online environments providing access to data, software and resources of various e-research infrastructures. VREs support research excellence by providing innovative services related to metadata, data context and trust generation, data analytics, scientific publications, researchers collaboration, interoperability, semantics and data preservation.
Yet, creating an impact with VREs is challenging. Researchers may not be aware of developed VREs or they may not know how to use them for their research purposes. This presentation aims to: 1) discuss how the elements of the VRE developed in the VRE4EIC project stimulate openness in relation to open data, open government, open science and open access, and 2) explain how the reach and impact of these openness elements can be strengthened and increased through open online education.
VRE4EIC is already developing a Europe-wide interoperable VRE to empower multidisciplinary research communities and accelerate innovation and collaboration (www.vre4eic.eu). Possible openness stimulating elements identified in this project include mechanisms to keep track of changes made to datasets, networking tools integrated with existing social media, interoperable workflows, the interoperation of heterogeneous e-Research Infrastructures leading to new science and Application Programming Interfaces for developers to include new research infrastructures.
A Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) was developed consisting of short videos explaining VRE concepts and how the VRE can be used (disseminated as widely as possible). Video content was connected to engaging assignments, assignments were connected to the VRE, and MOOC participants shared their findings with each other on a forum to learn from each other. Connecting openness elements of VREs to open education strengthened the reach and increased the impact of VRE4EIC. We recommend related projects in the area of open science, open data, open government and open access to explore the possibility of using open education as a means to connect to openness elements.


Yi Yin

Delft University of Technology

Anneke Zuiderwijk

Delft University of Technology

Tuesday April 24, 2018 10:45 - 11:10


Introduction to Open Education and Creative Commons
As more educators, librarians and policy makers join the open education movement, there is a need to provide a welcoming space to discuss the core ideas of open education. This session will provide an overview of open education content (OER), practices (OEP) and policy for beginners, in the context of your own role in your own institute in promoting and implementing different scenario’s for Open Education. This is a safe space for all questions. Everyone is welcome!
Subjects to be covered are:
What is OER,
What is OEP,
What are (open) MOOC’s,
What are Creative Commons licenses and how to use them
Where to find OER for your courses.
We adopt a hands-on approach exploring and elaborating on existing cases from participants and ourselves, to make the transfer to actual change in one own organization realistic and to ensure all participants are knowledgeable about open education and ready to advocate for it.

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Marjon Baas

Educational Technologist, PhD student, Saxion University of Applied Sciences
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Cable Green

Director of Open Education, Creative Commons
Cable works with the global open education community to leverage open licensing, open content, and open policies to significantly improve access to quality, affordable, education and research resources so everyone in the world can attain all the education they desire. His career is... Read More →
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Heleen Hesselink

Instructional Designer, Saxion
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Fred de Vries

Programme Director Digital Education, Saxion University of Applied Sciences

Tuesday April 24, 2018 10:45 - 12:25
Commissie 1


The Bridge to Everywhere: Metrics, Transparency and OER
OER stakeholders strive to validate quality and impact of educational materials. One step toward this goal is to create a set of universal metrics to increase reporting and analysis of results. The OER movement can learn and borrow from other communities (especially open source and open access) to collaborate and come up with metrics that are easy to use and simple to understand. Using agreed-upon measurements will make it easier to validate, aggregate and compare data across different platforms, different content and learning environments. This is especially important as the OER community grows and more stakeholders have a need for data. Secondly, as seen in other communities, these metrics should be transparent and published widely through report cards, dashboards and other tools for easy access by stakeholders. Transparency will increase communication throughout the OER community, perhaps increasing collaboration and strengthening the community. Examples from the American University of Sharjah and other communities will provide illustration that strengthening metrics through better data collection will enhance broader conversations about research assessment and increasing impact throughout the OER community.


John Liebhardt

Acquisitions and Resource Management Librarian, American University of Sharjah
I am the Acquisitions and Resource Management Librarian at the American University of Sharjah. Before moving to the United Arab Emirates, I was a Knowledge Management advisor for IntraHealth International, where I supported open source software programs and managed open source co... Read More →

Tuesday April 24, 2018 11:10 - 11:35


Connecting the dots: linking Open Access and Open Educational Practices to enhance Open Educational Resources and Repositories adoption among Higher Education Institutions
The Interdisciplinary Nucleus of Open and Accessible Educational Resources (OER Nucleus) of the University of the Republic (UdelaR) in Uruguay, integrates the open practice of research groups from different fields combined with the participation of civil society organizations, educational institutions and governmental sector. The adoption of Open Education strategies, and in particular OER adoption, requires actions that contribute to change educational practices, as well as the development of infrastructures that support OER’s life cycle. One of the OER Nucleus research lines integrates information and communication technologies (ICT) with teacher training, towards an improvement in the use and collaborative creation of Open and Accessible Educational Resources and Open Repositories. This paper presents preliminary results of the actions carried out in this line, providing substantive evidence for the development of a sustainable OER Repository and strategies for OER adoption at the university. The convergence between Open Access and OER repositories is analyzed, as well as the requirements for adapting institutional repositories for the implementation of OER collections. Finally, future strategies for the adoption are presented, based on the development of Open Practices.

Tuesday April 24, 2018 11:35 - 12:00


Openness = Open Education + x? Universität Hamburg’s integrated approach to opening up Education and Science
As the 2nd OER World Congress in Ljubljana has recently shown, open education has come a long way since its digital renaissance during the early 2000s (Nyberg 2010 [1975]; Farrow, Deimann 2012). In Germany, more and more HEIs now strive to implement OER strategies to allow for institutional development of open education. Similarly, a lot of energy is invested in the production and dissemination of Open Educational Resources as a hands-on manifestation of what it means to teach, learn and work in the open (Orr, Neumann, Muuss-Meerholz 2017).

Within the City of Hamburg, openness has played a crucial role ever since the city’s mayor and senate decided on the governmental strategy of “Digitization of the Metropolitan Area”. Drawing from a selection of projects that have been realized at Universität Hamburg in that context, we discuss aspects of openness that have emerged from this push towards digitization and openness in the Hamburg metropolitan area. As we will show along preliminary results from ongoing projects such as Hamburg Open Online University (HOOU), SynLLOER (federal government-funded OER awareness), and Hamburg Open Science (HOS, currently in planning), Universität Hamburg is striving towards an implementation of openness that extends beyond a focus on Open Educational Practices.

Based on an understanding of the requirements of everybody working in higher education to not only engage in teaching and education, but also often conducting academic research in one way or the other, the convergence of experiences made in the outlined projects led to an integrated approach of an ‘openLab’ (DeRosa, Blickensderfer 2017) that focuses on a combination of open education with the field of open science by including aspects of open access, open data and open source – with the goal to foster a culture of openness that includes OEP as well as Practices of Open Scholarship (POS).

Presentation slides available online at: https://uhh.de/uk-oeglobal18


Franziska Bellinger

Hamburg Centre for University Teaching and Learning (HUL); Universität Hamburg (UHH)

Kerstin Mayrberger

HOOU@UHH, SynLLOER, Hamburg Centre for University Teaching and Learning (HUL); Universität Hamburg (UHH)
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Nina Rüttgens

Universitätskolleg, HOOU@UHH; Universität Hamburg (UHH)
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Tobias Steiner

project manager, University of Hamburg, openLab, SynLLOER

Tuesday April 24, 2018 12:00 - 12:25
Wednesday, April 25


How can we destroy the open education movement? Conversations about ethics.
Openness is a process that requires and benefits from critical reflection. We believe that facilitating and stimulating critical discussion/debate about the contours and direction of the open education movement (OEM) is essential to its flourishing. In this spirit, the proposed session is intended as a space for participants to unearth and critically explore timely, perhaps uncomfortable questions that may not be at the surface of what we are doing as individuals or as collaborators within the OEM. The facilitators in this session do not have answers. Rather, we host an unconventional, interactive format designed to expose difficult topics and support innovative interventions. The session format supports both in-person and virtual (online) attendees working together on outlining and discussing pressing ethical questions in the OEM. This session allows participants to engage in a critical conversation that is liberating, paradigm challenging, constructive, and inspiring. 

Find all provocations and further links here: http://towards-openness.org/breakopen


Taskeen Adam

University of Cambridge
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Maha Bali

Associate Professor of Practice, American University Cairo
I'm a MOOCaholic and writeaholic, passionate about open, connected learning. Co-founder of virtuallyconnecting.org (join us during #dlrn) and edcontexts.org) write for us!) and columnist/editor at Hybrid Pedagogy (you probably already know us)
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Catherine Cronin

open educator; educational developer, National University of Ireland, Galway
Hi, I'm Catherine Cronin - open educator, open researcher, and educational developer at NUI Galway (now settled in Ireland, but originally from New York City). My work focuses on open education, digital identity, and digital & network literacies. I recently completed my PhD in the... Read More →

Christina Hendricks

The University of British Columbia
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Jamison Miller

PhD Student; Director of Teaching and Learning, College of William and Mary; Lumen Learning
Doctoral candidate and early-career researcher in open education theory, policy, and practice. Director of Teaching and Learning at Lumen Learning. The dissertation WILL be defended this year.
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Sukaina Walji

Online Education Project Manager, University of Cape Town
Online Education Project Manager, Centre for Innovation, University of Cape Town. Research interests include MOOCs, Online Learning, Unbundled Higher Education, Open Education

Martin Weller

Professor of Educational Technology, UK Open University

Wednesday April 25, 2018 14:45 - 16:00
Commissie 1


Beyond Open Connections: Leveraging Information Literacy to Increase Impact of Open Education
For over a century, academic librarians in the United States have provided instruction designed to help patrons effectively navigate and use the resources and services provided by the library. Today we refer to this type of learning experience in terms of “information literacy.” As digitization has shaped the ways that we access and share information, so, too, has information literacy evolved to represent a more nuanced relationship between the people who create and consume information and the systems we use to communicate in a networked world. In January 2016, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) adopted a new Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, which transitioned librarians from a skills-based approach to teaching and learning to a conceptual one. Though the language in the Framework is student-centric, as are the information literacy programs that operate out of academic libraries, we argue that the knowledge practices and dispositions represented in the document apply to educators as much as they do to the students we serve—particularly in the context of open education. With its heavy focus on copyright and licensing, outreach and education about open educational resources (OER) provide a perfect opportunity to explore how concepts of information literacy can guide our work with faculty, staff, and administrators who are new to open education or who have fallen prey to misinformation about OER. Additionally, though the term “information literacy” grew from libraries, we acknowledge that librarians do not fully own the responsibility of deepening our communities’ understanding of the information ecosystem. In this presentation, a librarian and an instructional designer discuss how information literacy concepts can inform how we support open education and how we leverage existing information literacy programs to broaden the impact of our work.

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Billy Meinke-Lau

OER Technologist, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
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Michelle Reed

Open Education Librarian, University of Texas at Arlington
I lead efforts to support the adoption, adaptation, and creation of OER and advocate for the creation of experiential learning opportunities that foster collaboration, increase engagement, and empower students as content creators. Additionally, I’m a 2017-18 OER Research Fellow... Read More →

Wednesday April 25, 2018 15:10 - 15:35


Mind of the Universe Online Learning Experience
We would like to present the Online Learning Experience that is being created by three universities, Erasmus in Rotterdam, Delft and Leiden. This Online Learning Experience makes use of the open source science material developed by the VPRO for their documentary series Mind of the Universe. It is to be launched in April 2018.

In this Learning Experience lecturers of the three universities will further elaborate on the cutting-edge topics that were discussed in the 2017 Minds of the Universe series and they will shed their light on ethical dilemmas. Participants will be able to choose at least one topic to study. They will be supported to critically reflect so they can leave their own echo chambers and find solutions for the dilemmas presented.

The experiment provides the opportunity to explore different ways for public broadcasting and universities to collaborate and enrich both media and education.

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Johannetta Gordijn

TU-Delft, University Corporate Office, Education en Student Affairs

Thomas Hurkxkens

Universiteit Leiden
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Janine Kiers

Product Manager Online Learning, TU Delft
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Joasia van Kooten

Online Learning Design & Delivery, Universiteit Leiden
With her specialization in the use of digital technologies in education and her video production expertise, Joasia guides teachers from initial idea to the design and delivery of their online learning projects. Currently she works at the Centre for Innovation at Leiden University... Read More →

Kris Stabel

Erasmus University Rotterdam

Wednesday April 25, 2018 15:35 - 16:00


Open Source Software as output of the Researcher: an approach to support researchers as inspiration for Education.
Open source software gained hold with the rise of the Internet. The open source software movement arose to clarify copyright, licensing, domain, and consumer issues. In the past decade, the open source software development approach has gained popularity and has become an integral part of the work of many researchers, particularly in technology related fields, whereby software is produced as an output of the work of the researcher.

There are benefits in the open approach to sharing, but also challenges. The ambition of the presentation is to share the approach used at TU Delft to gain a better understanding of the needs of researchers in the area of open source software as output of the researcher. The intention of the presentation is to provide inspiration to those in Education who may find it interesting to learn from the approach applied to research.

The presentation is not technical in nature intended to be accessible to those with limited knowledge of the subject. It will include definitions of open source software (OSS) and it’s applicability for science. How TU Delft is viewing the increasing adoption of open source software and the priorities that are being worked on. The approach that was taken during 2017 will also be shared, including what has been learnt so far. In addition, activities that are being planned during 2018 will be presented.

Finally, the session will wrap up with an opportunity to ask questions and exchange ideas on the applicability of the approach to the context of Education.

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Julie Beardsell

ICT Innovation Specialist, Delft University of Technology
Specialist in innovation. Strategy, development and implementation of a cross-functional IT focused innovation programme at the Technical University of Delft. Interests: * The open science movement and what that means in practice for education and researchers, particularly for... Read More →

Wednesday April 25, 2018 16:30 - 16:55


Implementing Online Education with Open Source Software
Moodle is a very well known learning management system that has been used by educational institutes of all levels world wide. Built using open source software, Moodle provides very abundant tools for the users. There are many freely available extension packages developed by experienced professionals that are meant to enhance the system, however, these packages often need to be checked or modified in order to work with current system. Although the Moodle system is free, depending on the scale of implementation, it may require full-time manager and system engineer to execute various tasks such as software installation, daily management, system backup, upgrades, and security updates. Aiming to reduce the costs of system operations and maintenance, a consortium consisting of 12 universities in Taiwan was formed to share experiences and develop software packages that can be distributed among the members. Based on Moodle version 3.1, the consortium had released the first version of Moodleset in September 2017, which was a result of a series of discussions and numerous communications for decisions on software development priorities proposed by the members. This paper presents a case study of using Moodleset to implement a learning management system for open and online education. Particularly, we demonstrate how open source software can be used to support online education, including courses management, learning records analysis, visualization of statistical analysis, reporting utilities, exam questions banks, and interactive response system. We also show changes of course design and teaching approaches that adapt to online education. The results show that through collaboration we can build a better learning management system with lower costs, and most importantly we can connect with various worlds of open technology and increase our impacts, which are not only beneficial to the teachers and schools, but also may open new opportunities for the students.


Yu-Hui Chen

National Chengchi University

Jihn-Fa Andy Jan

Associate Professor, National Chengchi University

Wednesday April 25, 2018 16:55 - 17:20


Using Open Source Software to Create an OER Platform for Dynamic Textbooks
Dynamics textbooks can be created by integrating links to ancillary resources directly into conventional electronic versions of open textbooks. When selected these filesystem links can execute open source software that is run locally on the reading device, thereby mitigating many of the limitations of web-based OER. Effective deployment of such dynamic textbooks requires the development of an open source software platform into which they are integrated. Two approaches are evaluated. Live Linux distributions can be deployed on conventional desktop/notebook computer hardware, either booted directly off USB flash drives or run within a virtual machine. Considerations for such deployment are evaluated. Alternatively, the rise of inexpensive yet powerful system on a chip (SoC) computers presents a further mechanism for deploying an open source software platform to support textbooks, namely the circulation of inexpensive (under USD$40) computers to students with a preconfigured open source software distribution. The current capabilities and usage of such a device are evaluated. Finally, conventional open source software package management systems can be used to deploy dynamic textbooks on such platforms as well as the open source software tools required to customize the textbooks. Ultimately the development of an open source software platform into which open educations resources are integrated ensures that control resides where it belongs, with educational institutions, instructors, and students.

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Robert Petry

Instructor, Campion College at the University of Regina

Wednesday April 25, 2018 17:20 - 17:45
Thursday, April 26


Europeana is Europe's digital platform for cultural heritage, founded and funded by the European Commission. The presentation will introduce Europeana as an educational resource and show how open cultural data can bring value to open education. In particular, we will present our rich and diverse collections (on many themes, in many media types and languages); focus on the variety of curated resources, ranging from thematic collections to virtual exhibitions and provide examples of interactive and free educational resources with digital cultural heritage content. Finally, we will also tell more about the online tools which will allow educators, instructional designers and technologists to enrich their digital educational materials and activities with open cultural data and inspire learners of all ages.


Isabel Crespo

Europeana Foundation

Thursday April 26, 2018 10:30 - 10:55


Influences from the Year of Open
During 2017, the Year of Open moved quickly from simply being an avenue to recognize significant open education milestones to becoming a year-long event to bring awareness to all things open.

The Year of Open is a global focus on open processes, systems, and tools, created through collaborative approaches, that enhance our education, businesses, governments, and organizations. At its core, open is a mindset about the way we should meet collective needs and address challenges. It means taking a participative and engaging approach, whether to education, government, business or other areas of daily life. In its practical applications, open is about shared efforts and values to enhance people’s opportunities, understanding and experiences.

During the Year of Open, we captured and displayed efforts that increased participation and the understanding of how open contributes to making things better across the globe. In this session, I will share the highlights from 2017, inviting the contributors to speak about their Year of Open experience and what it meant to them. I will also share and invite others to contribute to the 2018 Year of Open.

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Susan Huggins

Communications Director, Open Education Consortium

Thursday April 26, 2018 10:55 - 11:20


The OER World Map: Suddenly grown up – and now?
The OER World Map is an ambitious project which records and shares data about OER activity and actors worldwide. The presentation gives an overview of the state of platform, community, and business model development within the project and outlines next steps. The OER World Map provides growing value for its users. It takes an integrated approach which combines top-down and bottom-up elements in order to release the full potential of the platform. Throughout 2017 our work has concentrated on the question how the platform can support the development of a regional OER community in one country. Basic elements of the model developed in Germany are an OER country map and reports, which combine narratives with underlying primary data. Data collection is done by an editorial office in cooperation with the local community. The developed model can be used as a reference point for the implementation of the platform in other countries. In order to prepare breakthrough on a global scale, and the implementation of more country maps, we will start a strategic partnership programme and increase social networking functionality of the platform.


Jan Neumann

Head of Legal Affairs & Organization, Hochschulbibliothekszentrum des Landes NRW

Thursday April 26, 2018 11:20 - 11:45


CC Open Education Platform
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Working document.

This session will discuss the Creative Commons Open Education Platform, what it’s doing, and how to join. Everyone is welcome!

In early 2017, the Creative Commons Global Network completed a consultation process of renewing and reorganizing itself to support a strong and growing global movement. The year-long process resulted in the CC Global Network Strategy . Part of the new strategy is to establish defined areas of focus, or “platforms,” which will drive CC’s global activities. Platforms are how we organize areas of work for the CC community, where individuals and institutions organize and coordinate themselves across the CC Global Network.

In the spirit of openness and to effectively strategize, these platforms are open to all interested parties working in the platform area and adjacent spaces. The CC Open Education Platform is the space to:

• Stay connected to global actions in open education resources, practice, and policy.
• Identify, plan and coordinate multi-national open education, practices and policy projects to collaboratively solve education challenges with an amazing group of open education leaders from around the world.
• Secure funding (from Creative Commons and other funding sources) for the open education projects we collectively select.
• Contribute to global perspectives on open education to strengthen advocacy worldwide.
• Connect your country / region to global open education initiatives.
• Be on the forefront in implementing Creative Commons’ global network strategy.
• Meet annually, in-person, at the Creative Commons Summit with members of the CC Open Education Platform to celebrate successes, share best practices, and plan for the next year.
• Explore, practice, and share innovative methods for inclusive and open engagement with educators, learners and governments around the world.

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Cable Green

Director of Open Education, Creative Commons
Cable works with the global open education community to leverage open licensing, open content, and open policies to significantly improve access to quality, affordable, education and research resources so everyone in the world can attain all the education they desire. His career is... Read More →

Thursday April 26, 2018 11:45 - 12:10