The Battle for Openness: Professor Martin Weller

We recently hosted Professor Martin Weller from the UK Open University. Martin holds a UNESCO Chair in Open Education and is Director of the Open Educational Resource Research Hub. He is author of a seminal open access book on the Digital Scholar and is well known for his EdTechie blog, which is one of the most widely read in the field. Martin is also a valued member of the NIDL International Advisory Board.

After spending time talking about areas of mutual interest with members of our Digital Learning Research Network, Martin gave a Visiting Scholar Presentation, which was open to DCU and Linked College staff, and anyone else in the Education sector who wished to attend. Martin drew on the content of his recent book on the Battle for Open and discussed how Open approaches in education have started to move into the mainstream. However, he demonstrated how the term has strong commercial interests and went on to explore some of the issues Openness now faces.

Digital Learning Research Network

In May, almost 40 DCU and linked College staff met to hear about the work of the new Digital Learning Research Network. The Research Network is an important part of the NIDL’s strategic plan and following a distributed model of leadership it aims to harness and develop within DCU, and beyond, some of the expertise that already exists in the area of digital learning.  A range of forthcoming initiatives was described and after the meeting a small steering group was formed to guide future initiatives.

The Research Network will have valuable linkages with similar centres around the world and members of an International Advisory Board will be announced shortly. Already Professor Grainne Conole has been formally appointed as an Adjunct Professor to the NIDL.