AAOU 2021 Conference will feature the panel discussion and invited keynote speakers who will address the conference theme of “Opening minds for a sustainable future: Re-orienting ODL to surmount challenges” . This theme relates to the concept of holistic and transformational education as defined by UNESCO and address the Education 2030 Agenda of UNESCO, targeting Goal 4 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) aiming to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
Our invited keynote speakers have been carefully selected to ensure a diverse mix of ideas, perspectives and backgrounds as we explore the sub-themes underpinning the conference.
Title: Implementing the UNESCO OER Recommendation – how to amplify capacity building initiatives for various regional contexts?Panel Discussion organised by ICDE
The UNESCO Recommendation on OER , which was adopted by 195 UNESCO member states in November 2019, is an important step towards building a more open and inclusive ecosystem of education and learning. As a member of the UNESCO OER Dynamic Coalition, ICDE is undertaking various initiatives particularly related to capacity building of stakeholders to create, access, re-use, adapt and redistribute OER.
The main consideration for the panel discussion participants is what role civil society organisations and universities can play to support member states of UNESCO with OER capacity building initiatives, and how best practices can be replicated for various regional, cultural and linguistic contexts.
Workshop Title: Quality assurance of open, flexible and distance education – a global perspectiveWorkshop organised by ICDE
International Council for Open and Distance Education – ICDE, supports educators in developing and delivering quality open, flexible and distance education. In the context of crises and disruptions as the world has faced during the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring open and flexible quality education and lifelong learning is more important than ever. Attend this workshop to discover the work that ICDE undertakes to support its members through its global Quality Network, consisting of 7 Focal Points from all world regions. Participants will be invited into the discussion and sharing of best practices of quality assurance of open, flexible and distance education from various parts of the world.
Workshop Title: Designing Renewable Assignments: Integrating Learner-Created Content into ODL Courses
Open pedagogy is an approach to teaching and learning that aims to widen access to both knowledge and knowledge creation. In other words, open pedagogy is an access-oriented commitment to learner-driven education. An increasingly popular form of open pedagogy involves the design and use of “renewable assignments,” which add value to the world, live outside of the boundaries and beyond the duration of the course, and are likely to have a lasting impact. Disposable assignments, on the other hand, are those that only the instructor and students will see and which students are likely to dispose of once they have been graded ( Seraphin et al., 2019 ; Wiley, 2013 ). This hands-on workshop will begin with an overview of open pedagogy and a diverse set of renewable assignments across different disciplines. Participants will then work in dyads through a series of steps as they design a renewable assignment for use in one of their courses.