Open Education Week which is coordinated by the Open Education Consortium was celebrated from March 5 – 9, 2018. To celebrate Open Education Week 2018, the Centre for Flexible Learning (CFL) organised an Open Education Forum on March 15, 2018 at the Japan-Pacific ICT Multi-Purpose Lecture Theatre at The University of the South Pacific (USP). The forum was a half-day event running from 9am to 1pm. It was officially opened by Deputy Vice-Chancellor Learning, Teaching and Student Services Professor Richard Coll with the closing remarks by Professor Som Naidu, Pro Vice-Chancellor Flexible Learning and Director CFL.
The main purpose of the forum was to celebrate Open Education Week and to reflect on our progress in the area of Open Education since the 2017 Open Education Week USP Showcase & Forum. Some major achievements since the last forum was:
- Creation and approval of the Open Educational Resources Policy (available in the USP Policy Library: https://policylib.usp.ac.fj/form.readdoc.php?id=736) and;
- Launch of the OER Repository (available at: http://orep.usp.ac.fj:8080/edu-sharing/ – USP Intranet Access Only).
Welcome & Introductory Remarks by Professor Som Naidu
Opening Address by Professor Richard Coll (Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Learning, Teaching and Student Services)
Launch of USP Open Educational Resources (OER) Repository
USP OER Policy
OER Course Conversion Projects at USP – Deepak Bhartu
CS111 Course Conversion – Aidan Delaney
USP Library’s Perspective on Open Education – Elizabeth Fong
Pacific Centre for Flexible and Open Learning for Development (PACFOLD) – Matai Tagicaki
Students’ Perspective on OER – Ernest Gibson
Panel Discussion – Way forward for OE Enhancement at USP and Closing Remarks