OpenMed Course Webinar Module 5
Speaker: Catherine Cronin, Centre for Excellence in Learning & Teaching (CELT), National University of Ireland, Galway As educators and education professionals, we work in contexts and publics which are increasingly open and networked. Boundaries are blurring between physical and digital learning environments, formal and informal learning, educators and learners. In this webinar, Catherine will explore these challenges in the context of current research and practice in open education, focusing specifically on open educational practices (OEP). OEP is a broad descriptor of practices including the creation, use and reuse of open educational resources (OER) as well as open pedagogies and open sharing of teaching practices. As compared with OER, there has been little empirical research on the use of OEP in higher education. Catherine’s research addresses this gap. She has explored the digital and pedagogical strategies of university educators in relation to OEP, concluding that openness is complex, personal, contextual, and continuously negotiated. In this webinar, Catherine briefly explores current issues in open and higher education, presents a summary of her research, and invites participants to share their own ideas and questions regarding the use of OEP in their specific contexts.
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