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Wednesday, November 27 • 10:45 - 11:15
Becoming an Open Education Influencer: Empowering for Open Advocacy

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‘Becoming an Open Education Influencer’ (BOEI) is an informative and practical, fully online course that supports influencers of and for Open Education. The BOEI project is included in the UNESCO Open Education for a Better World programme, an international mentorship collaboration.

The aim of the BOEI course is to support pathways for individuals and groups wishing to influence decision-makers, and who want to affect decision-making and practices through direct actions in Open education. The course covers the process of influencing, as adapted from the Contribute, Attribute, Release and Empower [CARE] framework for Open Stewards (Petrides, Levin, and Watson, 2018) as 4 of the cornerstones of influencing practice. The course includes a uniquely South African ‘humanising’ (Zinn and Rodgers, 2012) element, introducing Ubuntu as philosophy and practice of generosity.

Participants will be introduced to the BOEI course development process, lessons learned in the process, and explore the experiences of students as co-creators of knowledge. The Open Education Influencers (OEIs) project, the student-driven advocacy component of the training programme, started at Nelson Mandela University in South Africa in 2018. #OpenEdInfluencers started as an initiative to empower, capacitate and strategically deploy student advocates across university campuses, and developed into a training programme co-created by students and staff.

The #OpenEdInfluencers increase awareness of Open Educational Resources, and facilitate better adoption and creation of OER at the institution. All the while, #OpenEdInfluencers energetically advocate for the use of Open Textbooks across purpose, faculties and schools; conducting research into student experiences with OER and textbooks.

In this session: The #OpenEdInfluencers from Nelson Mandela University will present a conference presentation about the BOEI project, sharing its inclusion in the UNESCO Open Education for a Better World programme.

The #OpenEdInfluencers also present a poster sharing exploratory findings about student awareness and experiences with OER Textbooks at Mandela University.

avatar for Nomawethu Matyobeni

Nomawethu Matyobeni

OpenEdInfluencer/ Student researcher, Nelson Mandela University
I am an OpenEdInfluncer at Nelson Mandela University and student researcher. I am also a Registered Counsellor by profession. Psychology is my passion and I will be doing a Masters in Clinical Psychology in 2020 at Stellenbosch University. It has been exciting to learn how Open Education... Read More →
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Gino Fransman

GO_GN PhD Researcher/ Coordinator ALW- NMMU, OpenEdInfluencers / Nelson Mandela University
I'm a South African intent on being a contributor to education development, in the realm of Open, as freely accessible and unrestricted by issues of access or privilege. I am a researcher of what is potentially useful in education development, seeking applicable strategies for its... Read More →

Wednesday November 27, 2019 10:45 - 11:15 CET
BL27.08 ground floor classroom - Presentations