We invite you to the first CIDER session of the 2015-16 season. This free, online session will feature Dr. Rory McGreal, UNESCO/Commonwealth of Learning/ICDE Chair in OER.
Title: Why Open Educational Resources?
Open Educational Resources (OER) are important for the expansion of online learning. Open licensing of learning components is a precondition for supporting anytime, anywhere learning, whether the lessons are arranged as text, multimedia, videos, applications, games or in other electronic formats. The obstacles presented by proprietary materials impede ubiquitous sharing of knowledge with the use of technological protection measures such as DRM (digital rights management), prohibitive licensing, and restrictions on format shifting, localization, content sharing and other activities considered essential for learning.
Dr. McGreal is the UNESCO/Commonwealth of Learning/ICDE Chair in OER, Director of a technical education institute (TEKRI), and professor at Athabasca University. He is also co-Editor of IRRODL (International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning).
When: Wednesday, September 16, 2015 – 11am to 12noon Mountain Time (Canada)
Where: Online through Adobe Connect at:
Registration is not required; all are welcome. For more information on CIDER and our monthly Sessions, please visit our website:
Please note that it is important to set up your system prior to the event. Make sure your Mac or PC is equipped with a microphone and speakers, so that you can use the audio functionality built into the conferencing software. The Adobe Connect platform may require an update to your Flash Player; allow time for this update by joining the session 10 minutes prior to the scheduled presentation.
CIDER sessions are brought to you by the Centre for Distance Education, Athabasca University: Canada’s Open University and leader in professional online education, with additional support from UNESCO.