Failure of Access: Rethinking Open Education
Presented by Dr. Ishan Abeywardena, Adviser - Open Educational Resources, Commonwealth of Learning, at the keynote presentation for Open Education Week at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada on 28 March 2017.
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Abeywardena, Ishan S; Chan, Chee S; Balaji, Venkataraman (2013-11)In recent years, the Open Educational Resources (OER) movement has achieved considerable success within the academic community with respect to advocacy of the concept. As a result, many organisations such as the Commonwealth ...
Positioning extension Massive Open Online Courses (xMOOCs) within the open access and the lifelong learning agendas in a developing setting Nkuyubwatsi, Bernard (Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 2016)Recent reports on xMOOCs indicated that underprivileged learners in need for higher education have minimally been reached by these courses. While the open access agenda is needed to reach such learners, most MOOCs were ...
Accessibility Strategies for Making MOOCs for People with Visual impairments: A Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Perspective Ngubane-Mokiwa, Sindile A (Commonwealth of Learning (COL) and Open University Malaysia (OUM), 2016-11)Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) were designed to enhance access to education to all that desire it. The open access drive seeks to promote free and equitable access to basic, higher, formal and informal education. The ...
A report on the Re-use and Adaptation of Open Educational Resources (OER): An Exploration of Technologies Available Abeywardena, Ishan S (Commonwealth of Learning, Vancouver, 2012)Open Educational Resources (OER) are a relatively new phenomenon which is fast gaining academic credibility as well as the attention of policy makers on a global scale. With increased funding by governmental and non-governmental ...
Phalachandra, Bhandigadi; Abeywardena, Ishan S (Commonwealth of Learning (COL), 2016-11)This study was conducted as part of the OER for Skills Development project of COL, supported by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The objective of the study was to collect baseline data from Commonwealth institutions ...