Otago Polytechnic

New Zealand’s very first symposium on open education will be held at Otago Polytechnic this week.

Organised by the Otago Polytechnic-affiliated Centre for Open Education Practice (coep.nz), the symposium at the Sargood Centre (5-6 December) will focus on “social justice through open education” and will feature a range of presentations and working groups.

A highlight will be the “National Planning Sprint”, a workshop aimed at accelerating the adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER) in New Zealand in response to a unanimous recommendation by member states at the recent 40th UNESCO General Conference.

Open Educational Resources comprise learning, teaching and research material in any format and medium that resides in the Public Domain, or that has been released under a copyright open license permitting no-cost access, reuse, repurpose, adaptation and redistribution by others.

“The implementation of OER-based initiatives could lay the firm foundation for a much-needed new and sustainable business model for national education systems at all levels,” Otago Polytechnic Chief Executive Phil Ker says.

Headquartered at Otago Polytechnic, the Centre for Open Education Practice is a game-changer for higher education in New Zealand, ensuring greater access to free resources for learners and developing capabilities of educators at all levels.

Dr Wayne Mackintosh, New Zealand’s UNESCO Chair in OER, says all education materials developed using taxpayer funding should be released under an open copyright license – “for the benefit of all New Zealanders”.

Read more about the 2019 Open Education Symposium

Published on 3 Dec 2019

Orderdate: 3 Dec 2019
Expiry: 29 Feb 2020