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Tuesday, April 24


Building a Culture of Open Pedagogy from the Platform Up
New York City College of Technology (City Tech) is one of 24 colleges comprising the City University of New York (CUNY), the United States' largest urban public higher education institution legislatively mandated as the "vehicle for the upward mobility of the disadvantaged in the City of New York." Fulfilling this mission is vital to the success of City Tech students and requires the provision of easy, consistent access to course materials across digital platforms. Panelists will trace how City Tech has been at the vanguard of transforming teaching and learning through the foundation of two significant open pedagogy initiatives on its campus. In 2011, City Tech launched the OpenLab, an open-source platform where students, faculty, and staff meet to learn and share ideas, providing opportunities for the entire college and the public to connect and collaborate. This can be difficult to achieve at an urban commuter campus. In 2014, City Tech established an OER professional development program to reconceptualize course materials and lower textbook costs for students. These two initiatives are especially noteworthy given their rooting in local needs: both have been conceived and implemented for and by the City Tech community.

Panelists include the Coordinator of the OER professional development program, the Co-Director of the OpenLab, and two faculty fellows in our OER professional development program. We represent distinct disciplines (Library, English, Biology, and Social Sciences) and offer unique interdisciplinary perspectives and approaches to open education. Critical to our institution’s shift to open pedagogy is our commitment to fostering learning communities across the college, including faculty communities of practice not bound by rank, department, or disciplinary silos. Panelists will share how their work, individually and collectively, has strengthened City Tech’s commitment to open pedagogy and has laid the groundwork for significant cultural change across the college.

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Amanda Almond

Assistant Professor, City University of New York
Intersectional feminist researcher and educator.
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Jill Belli

Assistant Professor of English; Co-Director of the OpenLab, City University of New York (CUNY)

Cailean Cooney

City University of New York

Jeremy Seto

City University of New York

Tuesday April 24, 2018 10:45 - 11:35
Commissie 2
Wednesday, April 25


MOOCs with a purpose in Southeast Asia
The COMPETEN-SEA project is a Capacity Building in Higher Education (CBHE) project funded by the Erasmus+ program of the European Commission. The main objective of the COMPETEN-SEA project is to enable best South-East Asian Universities to develop a new kind of accessible, affordable, high quality and effective educational services to various groups of population now excluded from traditional educational outreach. The MOOC technology was chosen as the tool most promising and suitable for the region with its particular characteristics (growing population dispersed across thousands of islands and separated by thousands of kilometres, extremely high growth of ICT penetration enabling modern ICT-based education, world-class academic staff in best local Universities, etc.). The first attempts to develop local MOOCs confirm the demand and impact, as well as the challenge. The European capacities, technologies and experiences can and shall help to meet those technological and pedagogical challenges faced by local Universities. During the panel, the project members will report on progress towards the development of open courses for these stakeholders taking into account the national policy environments of the participating countries in Southeast Asia. A special focus will be given to the challenge of reaching remote communities with open technologies and open content.


Poline Bala

University Malaysia Sarawak, Malaysia
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Achmad Basuki

Senior Lecturer, Universitas Brawijaya
He is a senior lecturer at Faculty of Computer Science, Universitas Brawijaya. He is also the director of Information and Communication Unit, Universitas Brawijaya, with the tasks to empower the University with ICT in all aspects. He is also actively coordinating Indonesia Research... Read More →

Narayanan Kulathuramajyer

University Malaysia Sarawak, Malaysia
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Alwin Melkie Sambul

Lecturer, Universitas Sam Ratulangi, Indonesia

Armin Weinberger

Saarland University, Germany

Wednesday April 25, 2018 15:10 - 16:00
Commissie 2


Reimagining Education in the Arab World
Launched in 2014 by the Queen Rania Foundation for Education and Development, Edraak provides free, high-quality online and blended education to Arabic speakers across the region. It is the first Arabic instance of the OpenEdX platform developed by Harvard and MIT.

Edraak currently reaches over a million and a half registered Arabic-speaking learners from across the region, including disadvantaged youth in Gaza, Syria, and Iraq. Through various collaborations with education partners and subject matter experts, Edraak continues to enrich educational Arabic digital content and OERs. Edraak leverages its technology to scale dissemination of this content as part of its efforts to revolutionize delivery and access to education across the MENA region in order to enable Arab society to fulfill its potential.

Edraak is interested in being part of the Open Education Global 2018 Conference and presenting successful models and lessons learned in three main tracks. Innovation through opening traditional practices: localizing MOOCs to the Arab world. Open educational practices/open pedagogy: collaborating with Google.org to create an online learning platform for Arabic OERs targeting K-12 students and their educators across the MENA region. Lastly, connecting open education to formal education: bridging the gap between higher education institutions in Jordan and allowing them to create, adapt and license accredited online courses for their learners.

Edraak will leverage its expertise over the past three years in disrupting education in the Arab world to present actionable insights with conference audience. The objectives of Edraak’s participation are showcasing successful models for creating and licensing open educational content, highlighting best practices for localization and contextualization of high quality content created by the world’s leading educational institutions and finally inspiring conversations around the accreditation and standardization of OERs in the MENA region.

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Shahed Atieh

Course Manager, Edraak
Topics of Interest: Learning, EdTech, Cross-Cultural Learning, Content Localization, Instructional Design, OERs, Learning Communities, Social Learning, Gamification, Online Learning Behaviors, Pedagogies, and FOOD :)I am continuing to progress my passion for education and learning... Read More →

Shireen Yacoub

Edraak.org/Queen Rania Foundation

Wednesday April 25, 2018 16:30 - 16:55
Classroom 12