Open Education Week Webinar


Today I participated in a Webinar for the EDEN Open Education Week. The session was chaired by Lisa Marie Blaschke, EDEN Senior Fellow, Chair of EDEN Council of Fellows, Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Germany. The focus of the session was on the following:

A number of innovative and unique initiatives around the topic of open education have been emerging throughout Europe, specifically in the areas of micro-credentialing and prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR). Three EU initiatives in open education will be presented in this webinar: OEPassMicroHE, and ReOPEN. In addition, the session will include retrospectives on the challenges and opportunities of open education, as well as on the open education movement’s impact upon higher education over the past decade.

Speakers included:

  • Jochen Ehrenreich, Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg Heilbronn – OEPass project
  • Raimund Hudak, Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg Heilbronn, Germany – MicroHE
  • Airina Volungevi?ien?, EDEN President, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania – Validating Open and Online Learning for Recognition, ReOPEN solutions
  • Elena Caldirola, University of Pavia, Italy – Open Education in Italy: Challenges, Opportunities and Perspectives
  • Andreia Inamorato, European Commission, Joint Research Centre – Practical Guidelines on Open Education for Academics: Modernising Higher Education via Open Educational Practices
  • Gráinne Conole, Dublin City University, Ireland – Reflecting on the Impact of the Open Education Movement

The talks included reports on the OEPass project, the MicroHe project and the ReOpen Solutions project. Elena gave an overview of the open education movement in Italy. Andreia talked about the EU Opening up Education initiative and associated reports. I talked about the future of the Open Education movement focusing on the impact on learners, teachers and researchers. My slides are available online. At one point there were 50 participants and there was an excellent backchannel with some challenging questions and good discussion. The session has been recorded


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