Open Education with CRADLE & Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani


MAR, 2019

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On March 13, we will be honoured to have Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani talking to us from Canada to share some of his research and practices with open textbooks (registrations are now open here). Rajiv is the Associate Vice Provost, Open Education at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. His research and practice focus on open education, student-centered pedagogies, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Rajiv has co-authored three open textbooks in Psychology and led text-book ‘sprints’ to rapidly author new open textbook content including quiz-banks and supplementary resources.

He advocates for the adoption of open educational practices globally to support the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and spoke at the United Nations on the topic in 2019 (see blog and transcript here). He has been invited to provide his perspective as part of CRADLE’s research project led by Sarah Lambert on the potential of open textbooks as social justice initiatives in Australia. More information about the project here.

In Dr. Jhangiani’s own words:

Open education is a philosophy about the way people should produce, share, and build on knowledge. Proponents of open education believe everyone in the world should have access to high-quality educational experiences and resources, and we work to eliminate barriers to this goal, whether these are high monetary costs, outdated or obsolete materials, or legal mechanisms that prevent or inhibit collaboration among scholars and educators…”  (UN address, 2019).

For more on open education:

1. Register here for CRADLE’s event.
2. Blog and transcript of Dr. Jhangiani’s United Nations address here.
3. The Australian Open Textbook Project website here.
4. Open pedagogy overview here

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