Featured Speakers

This year we are convening four panel/plenary sessions as part of the OER22 programme, fostering discussion around key issues. Please note that the in person plenary and panel discussion will be recorded.

26 April – Opening Plenary with Bryan Mathers

Kicking off this year’s OER Conference is our opening plenary, led by the Co-Chairs from the GO-GN Team based at the Institute of Educational Technology (IET) at The Open University (UK): Rob Farrow, Francisco (Paco) Iniesto, Kylie Matthews, Beck Pitt and Martin Weller with featured speaker Bryan Mathers.

The Global OER Graduate Network (GO-GN) is a network of PhD and EdD candidates around the world whose research projects include a focus on open education (i.e. OER, OEP, MOOC). These doctoral researchers are at the core of the network; around them, over two hundred experts, supervisors, mentors and interested parties connect to form a community of practice.


26 April – Open Textbooks Discussion Panel

umbrella penguinChaired by Beck Pitt, this panel will bring together different perspectives around open textbooks and explore how open approaches can help move forward the e-(text)book agenda in the UK and across the globe.

Featured speakers include;

    • Lorna Campbell, Learning Technology Team Manager within the Learning, Teaching and Web division at the University of Edinburgh
    • Jane Secker, Senior Lecturer in Educational Development at City, University of London as a Senior Lecturer in Educational Development and Chair of the CILIP Information Literacy Group
    • Gary Elliot-Cirigottis, Business Improvement & Programme Manager, The Institute of Educational Technology, Open University
    • Dhara Snowden, leading the OA textbooks programme at UCL Press


28 April – Dr María Soledad Ramírez Montoya

tiny penguin rucksack-transparent
Join us for this special talk by Dr María Soledad Ramírez Montoya, UNESCO-ICDE Chair and part of the Open Educational Movement for Latin America, Tecnologico de Monterrey. Maria will be speaking about the R4C-IRG Interdisciplinary Research Group: Scaling Complex Thinking for All at the Institute for the Future of Education. This session will be chaired by Prof Martin Weller.





28 April – Close of Conference Plenary 

Penguin DancingJoin the Conference Co-Chairs, GO-GN fellows and special guest speaker Angela DeBarger for the final plenary of the event. Angela DeBarger, Education Program Officer at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation will share her insights into the strategic priorities from the Hewlett Foundation which supports GO-GN. GO-GN Fellows Verena Roberts,  Leo Haveman and  Kathy Essmiller will then share their journey as researchers and members of GO-GN. This session will be chaired by Rob Farrow.