The Global Dimensions in Higher Education project team held a very productive meeting in Birmingham in early January to review progress and discuss the actions required to take the project forward. Members of the team have been working hard to promote the rationale behind the module and raise interest among potential international partners. We have adopted a ‘participants as co-creators of learning’ philosophy to the development of the module – reflecting our belief that as an open educational resource (OER) individuals should have the opportunity to actively contribute to the development of the resource rather than simply consume its content. To this effect, the concept behind the project has been presented to colleagues from Universities in Russia and Vietnam and at international conferences in New Zealand and Australia including the Learning Futures Symposium at Massey University and Ascilite 2012 Conference.
During these trips members of the team took the opportunity to conduct interviews and record sessions that will add to the rich variety of sources that will form the module. These podcasts will be used to illustrate concepts, introduce topics or provide insights into particular national issues relating to higher education. The team are now contacting leading educators from across the globe to gather case studies (visit link: Global Stories in this blog) highlighting the challenges facing HE in different countries and to find out whether there is any belief that the open education movement might have a role in addressing these challenges.
If you would like to get involved and contribute a case study offering your view on the challenges facing the HE sector in your country then please feel free to contact a member of the project team or leave a comment including your contact details and a member of the team will get in touch.