The global open education community has defined March 5 – 10th as Open Education Week!  Open Education Week is a global, community event that seeks to raise awareness about the benefits of free and open sharing in education, especially through the use of Open Educational Resources (OER).  This international event is organized by the OpenCourseWare Consortium of which the University of Cape Town is a member. There will be events held locally at over 130 organizations and institutions across the world and many of resources will be shared on the Open Education Week website.

This is an open inviation to participate in Open Education week at a series of events held at UCT. We will be hosting a panel discussion on March 6th and series of short workshops on open education.

Afternoon event:

Open Education Week: Broadening Learning Opportunities
When: 6 March 12.30-4.30

Where: African Studies Gallery
Sign up: http://teaching.cet.uct.ac.za/events/signup/422

12.30pm Light lunch
1pm Introduction and Welcome Dr Max Price, Vice Chancellor, University of Cape Town
1.15pm Introducing openness at UCT, in South Africa, Africa and the world Associate Professor Laura Czerniewicz, Director OpenUCT Initiative
1.40pm What does OE mean for Higher Education in Africa? Panel Discussion
This panel will include 10-15 minute presentations by each panelist followed by 20 minutes discussion time. Marion Jacobs (Dean of the Faculty of Health Science),
Reggie Raju (Director: Library IT and Communication at the University of Stellenbosch),
Allison Fullard (Deputy Director Library Services at the University of the Western Cape)
Ed Rybicki (Professor in Microbiology, Project lead in the Research Portal initiative)
3.00 pm Examples of Openness: Broadening learning opportunities: beyond Higher education
Openly-licensed school textbooks go mainstream Mark Horner (Siyavula)
  Citizen Science
3.30 pm MammalMAP: uniting African people in the conservation of African mammals Tali Hoffman (Zoology)
Make a difference: become an ambassador for biodiversity Les Underhill (Avian Demography Unit, Department of Statistical Science)
4.00 pm OpenCourseWare excellence award Glenda Cox will hand over this award to Matumo Ramafikeng
4.15 pm Closing remarks  

Dr Eve Gray ( Scholarly Communications in Africa).


Short workshops:

7 March: Finding Open Stuff workshop presented by Shihaam Donnelly
1-2pm Upper campus Student Learning centre

Sign up: http://teaching.cet.uct.ac.za/events/signup/423

This presentation showcases various sites where you can find open images, audio, video, software, comics and more. By using open resources, you are free to share your work without fear of infringing copyright.

8 March: Separate or together? Open Research and Open Education By Eve Gray
1-2pm Venue: MCB Seminar Rm B

Sign up: http://teaching.cet.uct.ac.za/events/signup/425

We tend to treat open education and open research as if they are completely separate issues, just as our universities tend to separate the different missions of the institutions, although these missions are delivered by the same people. This seminar will explore the shared agendas of research communication and learning materials development in what has become an increasingly collaborative, multidisciplinary and open online research environment.  Could openness become the space in which these two changing environments converge, to the benefit of the effectiveness and relevance and impact of all three of the university missions?

Eve Gray is an Honorary Research Associate in the Centre for Education Technology and is currently the Programme Lead of the IDRC-funded Scholarly Communications Programme. She is recognized as an international expert on Open Access to research from a developing country perspective.

9 March: Finding Open Stuff workshop for Health Science presented by Shihaam Donnelly
1-2pm Venue at FHS to be announced

Sign up: http://teaching.cet.uct.ac.za/events/signup/424

This presentation showcases various sites where you can find open images, audio, video, software, comics and more. By using open resources, you are free to share your work without fear of infringing copyright.

Hope to see you there,

The OpenUCT team!

Open Education Week 2012 Events at UCT

CC BY 4.0 Open Education Week 2012 Events at UCT by Michael Paskevicius is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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