OE Global 2018 has ended

Sign up or log in to bookmark your favorites and sync them to your phone or calendar.

OE Research [clear filter]
Tuesday, April 24


Degrees of social inclusion: Open educational practices and resources in the Global South
This presentation explores the question: whether, why, and how do OEP and OER contribute to the social inclusion of underserved communities in the Global South by widening access to education, encouraging educational participation, and fostering empowerment of educators and learners? Using a conceptual framework proposed by Gidley, Hampson, Wheeler and Bereded-Samuel (2010) – which posits that social inclusion “can be understood as pertaining to a nested schema regarding degrees of inclusion” (p.2) comprised of access (the narrowest interpretation), participation (a broader interpretation) and empowerment (the widest interpretation) – the presentation answers this question by highlighting findings from the Research on Open Educational Resources for Development (ROER4D) project, whose research focuses on OEP and OER activities in three regions of the Global South: South America, Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. ROER4D consists of 18 sub-projects with more than 100 participating researchers and research associates in Afghanistan, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mongolia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, Uruguay, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

avatar for Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams

Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams

Associate Professor, University of Cape Town
Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams is an Associate Professor in the Centre for Innovation in Teaching & Learning at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.  She teaches Online Learning Design and Advanced Research Design courses to postgraduate students and also supervises Masters and... Read More →
avatar for Henry Trotter

Henry Trotter

Editorial Manager & Researcher, University of Cape Town
I'm a researcher and editorial manager for the ROER4D project, based at the University of Cape Town. I work on OER in the Global South.

Tuesday April 24, 2018 14:25 - 14:50


Open education and open society: Popper, piracy and praxis
What is the point of open education? Uncontroversially, we might suggest that it is about widening participation; equalising access to education; and bringing about a fairer society. This is another way of stating that the main concern of open education is a kind of justice. For many social and political philosophers, justice has been understood as the defining goal [τέλος] of society and civilization. But this relationship between open education advocacy and the goal of social transformation remains remarkably underexplored and undertheorized. This presentation will explore this relationship and the idea of openness in contemporary discourses in education and politics. It will examine the use of the concept of openness in educational and political discourse and use the normative concept of an "open society" to explore the relationship between theory and practice in open education.


Tuesday April 24, 2018 14:50 - 15:15


A social media analysis of open education discourses found on Twitter from 2009 to 2016
In recent years, open education has gained significant interest among educational institutions, innovation leaders, and within popular media. In this study, we use Twitter social media data to examine the discourses surrounding openness as well as the people who participate in the discourse around openness. By targeting hashtags related to open education, we gathered the most extensive dataset of historical open education tweets to date (n = 178,304 tweets and 23,061 users) and conducted a mixed methods analysis of openness from 2009 to 2016. We find that the movement towards openness in education has a variety of meanings for different people and has evolved significantly over time. Findings show that the diversity of participants has varied somewhat over time and that the discourse has predominantly revolved around open resources, although there are signs that an increase in interest around pedagogy, teaching, and learning is emerging.

avatar for Royce Kimmons

Royce Kimmons

Assistant Professor, Instructional Psychology & Technology, Brigham Young University
Dr. Royce Kimmons is an assistant professor of Instructional Psychology and Technology at Brigham Young University and is the founder of EdTechBooks.org. He has worked in the realm of teacher education for 11 years and has presented and published widely on issues related to teacher... Read More →
avatar for Michael Paskevicius

Michael Paskevicius

University of Victoria
Michael Paskevicius is an Educational Developer in the Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning at Vancouver Island University and a Ph.D. candidate with the University of Victoria. His research focusses on open educational practices, emerging technologies, and knowledge management... Read More →
avatar for George Veletsianos

George Veletsianos

Professor and Canada Research Chair, Royal Roads University
open and networked scholarship, online learning, social media, emerging pedagogies, student and faculty experiences in online settings

Tuesday April 24, 2018 15:15 - 15:40