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The First Unisa International ODL Conference

Pre-conference workshops

On Tuesday 4 September there will be a number of pre-conference workshops held on the Pretoria and Florida campuses of Unisa.

Presenters and foci for these workshops are in the process of being finalised. Currently the following workshops are being finalised:

Pre-conference workshops: Pretoria, 4 September 2012 (Bamboo Auditorium, Kgorong Building, Unisa Muckleneuk Campus)

WORKSHOP 1: By Andreia Inamorato (Brazil)
Working title: OER DOTCOM: discourses, principles and practices in emerging business models

Open educational resources have been increasingly adopted by higher education institutions worldwide as a way of promoting open education. However, a number of concerns are constantly raised: how to make OER provision financially sustainable in the long term? How to add value for the learner and for the institution from this provision? How to add value for the academic in the free and open availability of their intellectual production?

This workshop aims to explore these matters and the emerging business models in OER, taking into account the discourses and principles that underpin the practices. Participants are invited to explore and discuss the models presented with the aim to reflect on the processes needed for innovation management in their own institutions.

Target audience: Faculty (academics, researchers and tutors), Library personnel, Management and Administrative staff, anyone interested in OER and open educational practices.

WORKSHOP 2: By Laura Czerniewicz (UCT)
Working title:
Academics’ visibility online: Implications for research, teaching and learning

WORKSHOP 3: By George Siemens (Athabasca University)
Working title: Using student data trails to determine student potential and risk.


Pre-conference workshops: Johannesburg, 4 September 2012 (Roodepoort Country Club)

In Florida the preconference workshop(s) will take the form of an interactive seminar/workshop to be held at the Roodepoort Country Club.

The focus for the Florida pre-conference workshop/interactive seminar will be on the specific challenges and opportunities of teaching the sciences in an ODL context. At present the following two facilitators/presenters are considered:

Dr Carlton Wood Dr Carlton Wood (Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Science Department of Environment, Earth & Ecosystems, Open University).

He read for a degree in Agricultural Botany at Nottingham University specialising in molecular biology. After completing a Ph.D. at the University of Wales in Aberystwyth he undertook postdoctoral work in the area of cancer research at the University of Leicester where much of his knowledge on DNA and the molecular aspect of cells was gained. Further postdoctoral work and a subsequent lectureship at the University of Sussex were on plant molecular biology. In 2005 he joined the Open University and now as a Senior Lecturer he writes course and assessment material in the general area of biology and specifically within plant and molecular biology.


Dr John Baxter Dr John Baxter (Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Science Department of Life, Health & Chemical Sciences, Open University).

John is a chemical engineer by background and has been at the University for a total of 18 years, spending time as a PhD student, research fellow and member of academic staff in Chemical Engineering.