The Open Education Global 2017 conference

The Open Education Global 2017 conference took place on March 8-10 in the beautiful city of Cape Town. Alexander Mikroyannidis (The Open University, UK) delivered a workshop related to the SlideWiki project and presented a paper on the European Data Science Academy (EDSA) project.

Alexander’s workshop on the SlideWiki project is part of the project’s initiative in developing a collaborative open courseware authoring platform and collecting feedback from the Open Education community. This hands-on workshop offered the opportunity to participants to get acquainted with the redesigned SlideWiki platform and its functionalities for collaborative authoring of open courseware, crowdsourced translation of educational content, as well as social networking. As part of this initiative, Alexander will also deliver a similar event at the OER17 conference on April 6th 2017. More such events will take place in 2017 and 2018 in order to raise awareness about the redesigned SlideWiki platform and collect feedback that will further drive the development of the platform.

Alexander’s paper on the EDSA project describes the project’s approach in using open courseware in order to bridge the Data Science skills gap across Europe. The European Data Science Academy is looking to bridge the data science skills gap by developing multimodal open courseware tailored to the real needs of data practitioners. The EDSA courseware is implemented as a combination of living learning materials and activities (eBook, online courses, Video tutorials, face-to-face training), produced via a rigorous process and validated by the data science community through continuous feedback. The project is related to SlideWiki as it targets open courseware authoring and sharing with applications in data science.

This year’s Open Education Global conference marks the 10-year anniversary of the Cape Town Open Education Declaration. 2017 also marks several important milestones in Open Education, including the 15-year anniversary of the term Open Educational Resources (OER) and the 5 year anniversary of the Paris OER Declaration. The Open Education Global conference has offered the opportunity to celebrate and reflect on these and other achievements, reconnect with colleagues and friends, and learn about new ideas and initiatives.

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