OER Symposium 2014




Following the success of its first regional symposium on Open Educational Resources in 2012, OERASIA at the Wawasan Open University held the second symposium in this series at WOU in Penang from 24th to 27th June, 2014. The main objective of the symposium was to bring together the OER community in the region to share, exchange, collaborate and promote mutual interests in learning technologies especially in new innovations such as OER, MOOC, SOOC and others. This second symposium revolved around the following sub-themes:



Sub-theme 1: Collaboration


Speaker: Mr. Jouko Sarvi 
(Chair, Education Sector Community of Practice, Practice Leader for Education & Advisor, Office of the Director General Regional & Sustainable Development Department Asian Development Bank, Manila, Philippines.)

An underlying expectation as well as sentiment by those advocating greater effort on OER is the belief that it should lead to greater collaboration and cooperation among teachers, institutions as well as nations in educational practice. For these to happen, there has to be policy and resource provisions besides enthusiasm. We would welcome presentations on regional experience where collaboration is taking or has taken place and the lessons learnt. This sub-theme will address the following areas:

• How do educational institutions work together effectively around open content?

                                                         • Case studies of educational institutions working on open content with commercial and not for profit 


Sub-theme 2: Innovation


Speaker: Professor Toru Iiyoshi 
(Director, Centre for the Promotion of Excellence in Higher Education, Kyoto University, Japan.)

Technologies underpin the entire OER movement; it is both an enabler and under certain circumstances a barrier. Our interest is to gather both knowledge and experience on what is new and what is challenging. Developing countries are often touted as the greatest beneficiaries of technological innovations in teaching and learning. The symposium welcomes contributions that critically examine many of these assumptions. This sub-theme will address the following areas:

• The roles for open technologies in the sharing and reuse of open content

• Training to utilise open content effectively



Sub-theme 3: Content


Speaker: Professor Cheryl Hodgkinson-Wlliams 
(Director, Centre for Educational Technology University of Cape Town, South Africa.)

The session will focus on experience and practice related to developing and utilizing open content in an educational environment. Of special interest will be the construction of Open Textbooks as well as open courseware. Including MOOCs where OER forms a significant component of the learning/teaching material. We would also welcome contributions on research pertaining to the subject. This sub-theme will address the following areas:

• The role of Open Textbooks in entrenching OER within an educational ecosystem

• Fitting OER in the construction of course materials




Sub-theme 4: Impact


Speaker: Dr. V. Balaji 
(Director, Technology & Knowledge Management Commonwealth of Learning, Vancouver, Canada.)

It is now more than a decade since OER became the buzz for a whole range of parties. It will be of value to policy makers especially if we are able to demonstrate both the tangible and the intangible values that OER has brought to the provision and practice of education – especially teaching, learning and access to content. Impact studies are a necessity and the symposium wishes to encourage presentations on this aspect. This sub-theme will address the following areas:

• Changing nature of the pedagogical practices

• The impacts that OER are having on formal and informal learners

• Institutional or governmental policies in promoting Open Educational Resources

                                                        • The methods for researching and evaluating open academic practices


Sub-theme 5: Quality


Speaker: Professor V. S. Prasad 
(Former Director, National Assessment and Accreditation Council, India.)

Quality in the environment and the delivery of education is a perennial concern. We need to ask if the requirements as well as the expectations of quality are different when it relate to OER. Is the notion that ‘fit for purpose’ and ‘user decides’ sufficient filters or is there a moral dimension in the making as well as distribution of ‘free content’? We wish to encourage a debate around the subject of quality. This sub-theme will address the following areas:

• The environment for/and delivery of education

• Requirements and expectations of quality in relation to OER

• Moral issues around the creation and distribution of ‘free content’





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Important dates


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Registration date and fees


Deadline for registration

·         Early Bird Fees (USD 100)

·         Regular Fees (USD 150)

26th May, 2014

Before 11th May, 2014

After 10th May, 2014  

·         Special Fees (participants from developing countries): USD 125

The Symposium registration fee includes entry to all pre-symposium workshops (limited to 30 participants), symposium sessions, all coffee break refreshments and lunches (25th – 27th June, 2014).



Submission of Abstracts


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For enquiries, kindly contact:


OER Symposium Secretariat
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Wawasan Open University
54 Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah,
10050 Penang, Malaysia



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