Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education

Building capacity for Open Educational Practices in Australian HE

Date & Time

26 October 2017, 12pm AEDT and 11am AEST. You will find other time zones for the session here.


Capacity building can be key to raise understanding, awareness and empower educators to make informed decisions about change and adoption of innovation learning technologies to enhance learning and teaching in higher education. This is also true for Open Educational Resources (OER) and Open Educational Practices (OEP). In fact, research conducted in Australia in 2011 showed that higher education stakeholders believed that capacity building was a way to eliminate barriers and increase OEP engagement.

This session will mainly focus on capacity building activities, tools, and research for OEP in Australian higher education. It will be interactive and reflective, so participants will have the opportunity to contribute to the discussion and put forward ideas on how institutions and educators can further engage with OEP.

Session Format

This webinar will be conducted in a Fika session format. The word ‘fika’ is a Swedish word that refers to a coffee break with family, friends or colleagues and implies chatting over a break. The ‘fika’ session will run for a maximum of 60 minutes (1 hour), with the speaker sharing for about 10 to 15 minutes and the remaining time devoted to discussion on the topic.  Fika sessions rely more on the active participation of attendees than do other webinar presentation formats.


Bossu, C., & Fountain, W. (2015). Capacity-building in open education: an Australian approach. Open Praxis, 7(2). doi:

Bossu, C. (2016). Open Educational Practices in Australia. In F. Miao, S. Mishra, & R. McGreal (Eds.), Open Educational Resources: Policy, Costs and Transformation (pp. 13 – 25). France & Canada: UNESCO and Commonwealth of Learning.

Bossu, C., Ward, L., Wills, S., Alexander, S., Sadler, D., Kandlbinder, Uys, P. (2016). A national strategy to promote Open Educational Practices in higher education in Australia. Paper presented at the 33rd International Conference on Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE 2016): Show Me The Learning, Adelaide, SA.


Dr Carina Bossu is a Lecturer, Learning and Teaching (OEP) with the Tasmanian Institute of Learning and Teaching at the University of Tasmania. Her current work and research are primarily focused on Open Educational Resources (OER) and Open Educational Practices (OEP) in higher education, more specifically issues related to learning, teaching and professional development. Carina was awarded an ASCILITE Fellow in 2016 for her national and international contribution to learning and teaching through OEP.


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