Open Education for a Multicultural World

Workshop: Getting started with Open Education: Everything you need to know to begin open education projects at your institution

22 April 2014

09:00 – 16:35

The Grand Hotel Union (OCWC Global Conference venue)


This one-day interactive workshop will introduce you to principles, tools and techniques that will allow you to get started with open education at your institution or organization.  Participants will gain practical knowledge of the benefits and potential pitfalls in starting projects, convincing faculty and administrators, and integrating open education into institutional practice through examples from institutions around the world.

The workshop will be conducted in a participatory manner with practical activities designed around the following topics:

  1. Underlying concepts and terms, including OER, OCW, Open Education, Open Policies, Open Content, Openness in Higher Education, Openness in MOOCs, Open Access, Open Data and benefits to institutions.
  2. Creating support for Open Education at your institution, including tips for talking with faculty, staff, and administrators
  3. Factors to consider when planning your Open Education projects:
  • Resources (staff & financial)
  • Online tools and platforms
  • Discoverability – organizing and indexing your content, metadata and RSS feeds
  • Quality issues
  • Deciding where to begin
  1. Legal aspects: Open Licensing Framework
  • Introduction to Creative Commons (CC)
  • Practical guide to licensing your content
  • Remixing and reusing open content
  • Compatibility issues of different licenses
  • Proper licensing practices for your open content and institutional repositories
  1. Open policies
  • Why open policies are important
  • Understanding the existing policy environment of your organization
  • Aligning policies with open education practice and institutional goals
  • Initiating and gaining support for open policies
  • Drafting open policies, including examples of existing policies from around the world

Target Audience

Participation in the workshop is open to everyone, but will be particularly useful for those who:

– Have little or no prior experience with open education
– Would like to initiate open education projects at their institutions
– Participants from institutions with existing open education projects interested in learning more about any of the above topics in greater depth.

This workshop is appropriate for participants from all areas, however, the following stakeholders from Higher Education Institutions are particularly encouraged to participate:

  • Faculty and Academic staff
  • Librarians
  • Administrators and Executives
  • Researchers
  • Staff and Managers interested in initiating open education projects
  • Students


The cost for this interactive one-day workshop is 25 Euros.  Lunch will be on your own.



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