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UVU Open Education Symposium to feature U.K. researcher, technologist

1 February 2016 No Comment

For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Melinda Colton | 801-863-6807 | melindac@uvu.edu

Utah Valley University’s new Office of Teaching and Learning and the UVU Library will host the University’s first Open Education Symposium Feb. 11 featuring Rob Farrow from The Open University United Kingdom.

Open to all faculty and staff, as well as colleagues from other institutions, the free event will be held from 1-4:30 p.m. in Classroom Building room 511. Farrow’s keynote address begins at 1:30 p.m. and will provide an overview of the open education movement and current trends in open education, globally.

“As the Open Education movement gains momentum, globally, it is exciting to consider the possibilities it may provide for higher education institutions, locally, said Bethany Alden-Rivers, assistant vice president for Teaching and Learning. “Open educational resources (OER) can provide deep cost-savings for students and exciting possibilities for faculty to enrich the teaching and learning experience. As UVU serves a diverse and increasing student population, it is valuable to consider ways to leverage OER to support student success and teaching excellence — two key themes for UVU.”

Farrow is an interdisciplinary researcher, philosopher and educational technologist based at Open University (UK) in the Institute of Educational Technology. The Open University (UK) is a public distance learning and research university and a world leader in open and distance education, accessibility, and widening participation in education. He works as one of the research leads of the (Hewlett-funded) Open Education Research Hub, an initiative that brings together a range of stakeholders to build an evidence base about the impact of open education. Farrow holds several degrees in philosophy, including a Ph.D., and is an associate fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.

Jason Pickavance, director of educational initiatives at Salt Lake Community College, will speak at 3:30 p.m. about SLCC’s experiences in implementing open educational resources across the curriculum. Prior to his administrative position, he was an Associate Professor in the English Department where he taught courses in writing, literature, and critical theory.

To register visit tinyurl.com/oesymposium2016. For more information about the UVU Office of Teaching and Learning visit www.uvu.edu/otl or email TeachingLearning@uvu.edu.



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