Panel Presentation CNT114
On the Future of Open Educational Resources - Advocacy and Implementation
Date Thursday, Nov 28 Time –
OER and open educational practice and culture are emphasised as catalysts to reach the SDG 4 goal on access, equity, equality, inclusiveness, quality, and lifelong learning. This panel will share best practice and stimulate discussions on how to scale up the implementation process of OER via awareness, capacity building, and assessment of outcomes.
Notre Dame University, Lebanon
Overcoming a Culture of "Knowledge Firewalls" - Scaling up OER in Lebanon
Over a period spanning 25 years, Dr. Fawzi Baroud has been engaged in promoting technology as a pedagogical tool tied to meeting educational objectives and assessment of learning outcomes in higher education. Specialized in eLearning, systems management, mathematics and electrical engineering, he combines numerous areas of academic expertise for advancing the use of technology in different curricular content areas.
As the Assistant Vice President for Information Technology at Notre Dame University – Louaize (NDU) in Lebanon, Dr. Baroud leads in the campus-wide planning and implementation of information technologies that support teaching and learning, including training faculty members to integrate educational technology in their teaching.
As champion of open education on campus, Dr. Baroud has made the integration of Open Educational Resources (OER) a key strategic goal of the University. Under his watch, NDU became an institutional affiliate of Creative Commons, and he is currently in the process of formulating policies for the successful use of OER in teaching and learning. He conducts seminars and hands-on workshops on open education and open licensing at leading Lebanese higher education institutions and has become a reference point on the subject.
Dr. Baroud has published several studies on eLearning and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) use in education, participated in conferences, coauthored the informatics national curriculum for Lebanon, and offered consultancy to academic institutions. His research centers on the use, integration and evaluation of ICT, OER, and eLearning implementation in higher educational contexts.
ICDE OER Advocacy Committee, Sweden
OER, Beyond 2020
Prof Dr. Ebba Ossiannilsson, is the V President for the Swedish Association for Distance Education (SADE), and the V President for the Swedish Organization for E-Competence (REK). She is the founder and owner of Ossiannilsson Quality in Open Online Learning (QOOL) Consultancy.
Ossiannilsson is an independent researcher, expert, advisor, consultant, influencer and quality reviewer in the fields of open online flexible and distance learning, including e-learning, technology-enabled learning (TEL), (OOFAT), OER and MOOCs. Her special focus is on quality, innovation, leadership, personal learning, and learning "just for me".
She has a long career in those areas, since the year 2000, she worked at Lund University, Sweden. In addition, she works as a consultant and quality reviewer at several of the prestige national universities.
Prof Ossiannilsson was awarded the EDEN Fellow title in 2014, she became Open Education Europa Fellow in 2015, and in the Council of EDEN Fellows, from 2018. She became an Open Education Europa Fellow in 2015. In 2017 she became ICDE OER Advocacy Committee, Chair, and Ambassador, as well she is in the ICDE Global Quality Network, Europe.
Ossiannilsson is frequently invited as the keynote speaker for international, and national conferences, within the areas of OOFAT and quality. She is a board member in national and international associations, in the area of open online learning and education (EDEN EC, former EFQUEL, earlier in EUCEN). She was the evaluator of the SEQUENT project on quality, which later becomes the foundation for ENQAs report on quality considerations in e-learning (2018). Ossiannilsson collaborates with the QQI, Ireland, EC ET working group on digital and online learning on quality in OER, MOOCs and open education and with Commonwealth of Learning. She was an expert for JRC on their work on the framework for open education. Ossiannilsson is a quality reviewer for ICDE as well as for EADTU, ECB Check, and also for former EFQUEL. She Was in the board for LANETO and was among the founders of EPPROBATE. Ossiannilsson was coordinating the ICDE_ON_BOLDIC on behalf of the Swedish Association for Distance Education (SADE). She is in the Board for several scientific Journals and the Editor in the Education Sciences Journal, the topical collection on MOOCs, as well as for the International Journal of Information and Learning Technology, special issue on learning analytics. Ossiannilsson is representing EDEN in ISO, and she works even at the national level in SIS/ISO (Swedish Standards Institute /ISO. She has a passion to contribute to open education for a Future We Want for All, as is emphasized by UNESCO for 2030.
Ossiannilsson earned her Ph.D. at Oulu University, Finland in 2012 with a dissertation on Benchmarking e-learning in higher education: lessons learned from international projects. Her dissertation has fortunately had a very large outreach and is often cited. Besides her dissertation, Ossiannilsson’s publications comprise over 200 publications: Conference papers, Journal articles, Book Chapters, Reports, Editor for books, a forthcoming book (Springer on open education). Ossiannilsson has conducted several research studies in open online learning, including flexible learning, OERs and MOOCs, and personal learning environments. She was the research leader for the ICDE research study on the global overview of quality models, and she was the author of the ICDE Insight research report on blended learning, state of the nation. She has conducted several national overview reports, for example, the POERUP, ADOERUP, Global OER Mapping, the JRC Member States Case Studies on Policies for Opening up Education, and for the Open Education Working Group. She was one of the promoters for introducing MOOCs in Sweden, and she has finalized some 50+ MOOCs herself, since its start in 2008. She was invited as a Quality expert for the investigation on MOOCs, and for the initiative on pedagogical development in higher education by the Swedish Higher Education Authority (UKÄ). She serves as an expert for the Swedish COuncil for Higher Education (UHR).
Ossiannilsson was a senior consultant at Eurekos/Mentorix, Denmark, and served as a pedagogical consultant and researcher for the Next Generation Digital Learning Environment (NGDLE).
Special Recently Research Projects, and Activities on Quality Work in OOFAT, Including References
The International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE)
ICDE OER Advocacy Committee, Chair, and Ambassador
ICDE Global Quality Network, Europe
The ICDE research study on Quality Models in Online, Open Education Around the Globe: State of the art and recommendations. The study was on behalf of ICDE and Coordinated by EADTU. Ossiannilsson was the research leader for the study team comprised of K Williams, A Camilleri and M Brown
Ossiannilsson, E. (2017). ICDE Insight research report on blended learning. State of the nation. Oslo: ICDE.
Quality Reviewer on Behalf of ICDE for University Terbuka, Indonesia (2016 and 20199
ICDE_Operational Network BOLDIC, coordinator
The European Distance E-learning Network
EC, and NAP member and Chair Special Interest Group on Quality and Technology Enabled Learning
ISO representing EDEN
The European Association for Distance Teaching Universities
Evaluator for the Project Supporting Quality in E-learning European Networks (SEQUENT
Quality Reviewer EADTU, Excellence, University of Nicosia (2016 and 2019)
Quality reviewer, EADTU, OpenupEd, University Derby (2016)
Member of the Ed board for update of the Excellence manual (2016)
Member of the Ed board for updating the OpenupEd manual (2016)
Expert, evaluator European Commission
Quality Reviewer EFQUEL, UNIQUe (University of Nicosia)
Quality Reviewer EFQUEL, ECB Check
European Commission ET Working Group on Open and Distance Learning
IPTS Working Group on Open Education Framework, Focus on Quality
Commonwealth of Learning
JRC Member States Case Studies on Policies for Opening Up Education (2016--)
EUA on Comments for the Directive of the European Parliament and of the council on copyright in the Digital Single Market
QQI, Quality reviewer
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