This KPU professor brought open-education advocacy all the way to the UN | University Affairs
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For several years, Kwantlen Polytechnic University psychology professor Rajiv Jhangiani has been leading the charge in Canada towards open educational resources and open educational practices. In October 2018, he made the leap to the international stage with an invitation to address the United Nations on this topic on behalf of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition. A video of that presentation has already become a well-circulated primer on the topics of open resources – textbooks and other learning tools offered at no cost to students – and the broader philosophy of open education, which supports unrestricted access to knowledge. [Dr. Jhangiani’s presentation begins around 15:40.] ...
Yet another sign of maturity is in the fact that practitioners are beginning to look critically at the movement, with Dr. Jhangiani helping to foster this discussion. To that end, he co-founded a website called the Open Pedagogy Notebook and in 2017, he edited a collection of papers titled Open: The Philosophy and Practices that are Revolutionizing Education and Science (available as an open text, of course).
Dr. Jhangiani’s reputation continues to grow as well. His UN presentation sparked new partnerships between KPU and universities in Sri Lanka and Australia, among others. And Dr. Jhangiani says he’s looking forward to continuing to boost open education as it spreads even further...."