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Doctor of Education

Female |CHENNAI, India

MM3: Open Educational Resources with Dr. Ramesh Sharma

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This webinar is hosted in English

Open Educational Resources: Knowledge Mobilization and Fostering New Learning Environments with Dr. Ramesh Sharma

OERs have emerged as a great catalyst to facilitate learning and mobilise knowledge in a variety of ways. The UNESCO Paris Declaration on OER (2012) gave the motto : "Everyone has the right to education."

The Cape Town Declaration (2007) stated:
"Educators worldwide are developing a vast pool of OERs on the Internet, open and free for all to use. These educators are creating a world where each and every person on earth can access and contribute to the sum of all human knowledge. They are also planting the seeds to a new pedagogy where educators and learners create, shape and evolve knowledge together, deepening their skills and understanding as they go."

Based on this premise, this presentation will focus on how OERs can be used in online or traditional classrooms, or in blended or flexible learning contexts.

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Doctor of Education

Dr. R. C. Sharma is working as Regional Director of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), India. He has been involved in the planning, design and development of teaching and learning materials for Indira Gandhi National Open University; M P Bhoj Open University; Vardhman Mahaveer Open University, Rajasthan, and Maharshi Dayanand University, India for over two decades. From July 2009 till June 2011, he was the Director of the Institute of Distance and Continuing Education (IDCE), at University of Guyana, Guyana, South America (on behalf of the Commonwealth Secretariat, United Kingdom).

He is the Co-Editor of 'Asian Journal of Distance Education' ISSN 1347-9008, (www.ASIANJDE.org). In addition, he has been on the Editorial Advisory Board of Journals including “International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning”, online journal published by Athabasca University, Canada, “International Journal of Distance Education Technologies” published by IGI-Global, USA; and “Indian Journal of Open Learning” published by IGNOU and “Distance Education” published by the Taylor & Francis Group.
He provides expertise to the teachers to develop online programmes based on the MOODLE LMS platform. He has conducted training programmes for the in- and pre-service teachers on the use of Multimedia in teaching and instruction. At IGNOU he took the initiative of developing two online applications: Monitoring of counseling and evaluation; and Counsellors database. These were nominated among for best innovation of the year. He has considerable experience of working through Web 2.0 applications: Blogs, Wikis, and Online Virtual Communities (e.g Second Life) etc. Emerging media and technology have been the main focus of his research, which is evident from the research papers and articles published in Journals of repute: Open Learning, “International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning” and “Indian Journal of Open Learning”. One of his Ph.D. student {topic was “Electronic Media in Distance Education”} has already been awarded the Degree. In this Doctoral research they investigated fifteen different media and technology uses in Indian Distance Education.

He was a member of Advisory Group on Human Resources Development for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The UNCTAD is one of the main UN bodies devoted to a development-friendly integration of developing countries into the world economy. The team at UNCTAD comprises of dynamic, multi-cultural international officers committed to the development of human resources in developing countries. He has also worked with UNDP for its Enhanced Public Trust, Security and Inclusion (EPTSI) project, Volunteer Service Overseas (VSO) and United Nations Volunteer (UNV) to develop suitable educational opportunities for communities and youth.

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