Dr. Rory McGreal to Host Talk on Open Educational Resources and the Future of Education

Dr. Rory McGreal, UNESCO/Commonwealth of Learning Chairholder in Open Educational Resources and professor in the Centre for Distance Education at Athabasca University, will give a talk on Tuesday, December 20, 2016, at 12:00 p.m. in the LINK Research Lab. Dr. McGreal is also the director of the Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute (TEKRI), co-Editor of the International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (IRRODL), and founder of the OER Knowledge Cloud. Formerly, he served as the Associate Vice President of Research at Athabasca University.

Dr. McGreal’s presentation will center around the future of education and open educational resources. He will argue that the world’s knowledge is a public good that should be made available to everyone. The free and open sharing of educational resources can serve to promote the building of knowledge societies and the reduction of the knowledge divide that separates nations, as well as the divide within societies themselves. As Open Educational Resources (OER) are becoming more widely available, the ability to reuse OER or repurpose, mix, or mash them without restriction is a major advantage in supporting online collaborations and self-directed learning. The relevance of OER is augmented by the exponential growth in online accessibility internationally. To read the full abstract for Dr. McGreal’s presentation, please visit the LINK Research Lab events page. Hope to see you there!

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