Building Capacity for Open Educational Practices in Australian HE
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 primarily focusses 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.
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.
Bossu, C., & Fountain, W. (2015). Capacity-building in open education: an Australian approach. Open Praxis 7(2).
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).
You can view the session slides here (PDF).