With submissions for #OER16 open for a couple more days (closing on the 30th Nov.) if you needed further incentive to submit a proposal we’d like to announce that Melissa Highton, Director of Learning, Teaching and Web Services, University of Edinburgh, will be keynoting at #OER16. Melissa is experienced at institutional level initiatives supporting the creation and use of OER leading a number of initiatives at the University of Oxford, and more recently University of Edinburgh, and she will be sharing some of her insights as part of this for #OER16.
Melissa is our final speaker announcement if you haven’t submitted a proposal for OER16 there is still time with submissions closing on the 30th November with registration opening early in the year year. Stay tuned for more speaker updates next week, you can subscribe for updates via email or RSS from the sidebar box or the oer16.oerconf.org site.
Melissa leads the University of Edinburgh’s strategic priorities for open educational resources, digital and distance learning on global platforms, MOOCs, blended learning, virtual learning environments, technology enhanced learning spaces, digital skills and use of the web for outreach and engagement. Previously, Melissa was Director of Academic IT at University of Oxford where she had responsibility for a wide range of OER projects including Open Oxford, Oxford on iTunes U, Open Spires, Politics Inspires, Great Writers Inspire and the Great War Archive.
Open with care
At OER16 Melissa will discuss the challenges for leadership in open educational resources, the role of universities in open knowledge communities and reflect upon the returns and costs associated with institutional investment. ‘There are shared areas of the internet, where we all have a civic responsibility to contribute and participate. The big cultural organisations such as universities have an important role to play’.