Date: 27 October 2015 (Tuesday)
Time: 14:00–15:00 Hong Kong time (06:00–07:00 GMT)
Video Replay: Online Replay
Speakers: Dr. Wayne Mackintosh
Director of OER Foundation and OERu facilitator
Facilitator: Dr. K S Yuen
Director of Educational Technology and Publishing Unit, The Open University of Hong Kong
Abstract: The history of education is littered with the failed corpses of technology-enabled fads destined to transform higher education. Today, in many parts of the industrialised world, student debt is reaching the affordability threshold for those who are benefited with a place in higher education. On the other hand, millions of learners will be denied the privilege of a tertiary education for lack of funds or lack of access in their home countries.

A return to the core values of the academy, namely to share knowledge freely combined with the community service agenda modelled on the modern Humbolt tradition of the university may be the catalyst for flexible futures in widening access to more affordable education. Is it plausible to flip the university using open online courses for social inclusion?

The Open Educational Resource universitas (OERu) is an international collaboration of universities, colleges and polytechnics spanning six regions of the world which will provide free learning opportunities using courses based solely on Open Educational Resources (OER) with pathways to obtain credible degrees. The OERu offers a philanthropic alternative to the commercial Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) startups with the added value for learners to gain formal academic credit. This session will share experiences from the OERu in addressing the following questions:

How can institutions leverage community service for generating new business opportunities?
How can open diversify the curriculum, improve the learning experience while reducing the cost of provision?
How do we leverage open to implement digital strategies for success without increasing organisational risk?
About the speaker: Wayne Mackintosh is the founding director of the OER Foundation headquartered at Otago Polytechnic, New Zealand. He is coordinating the establishment of the OERu, an international innovation partnership which aims to widen access to more affordable education for all. Wayne serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the OER Foundation. He is a strategy innovator with a passion for open sourcing education.