The remit of this SIG is to support, develop, sustain and influence policy in open education.

The Open Education Special Interest Group (OESIG) was established in March 2012.

Education has the power to transform lives but too often access is restricted. Among those excluded are those who lack the right qualifications, who cannot pay the fees or who are unable to accommodate a fixed schedule. The Open Education movement seeks to remove barriers to education by freely sharing educational resources and adopting open educational practices.

The OE SIG focuses on connecting open communities of practice across a broad spectrum (open access / open data / open source / open education / open textbooks / OER etc and disseminating open practice through regular webinars, social media and other related activities.  Aligning with the ALT strategic aims, the OE SIG advocate for open within their institutions and relevant sector.

OE SIG Committee 2017/18


Teresa MacKinnon

Vivien Rolfe (Resting)

Co-Chair (s)

Debbie Baff

Kelly Terrell


Debbie Baff



Terese Bird ( Influencing Champion)

Alastair Clark (Advisory Capacity)

Helen Crump

Ella Mitchell ( Open Practice Champion)

Thomas Palmer ( ALT)

Paul Richardson

Ann-Kathrin Watolla



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