Dr David Porter is an advocate for internationally open educational resources and improving their reputation. He is well placed to do so, as CEO of eCampus Ontario. David talks of the opportunities and infrastructure available through eCampus Ontario in support of the development and uptake of OER.
Interview: https://episodes.castos.com/onlinelearninglegends/021-David-Porter-Final.mp3| recorded April 2019
David’s profile: Dr. David Porter is the CEO of eCampusOntario, the primary face of the Ontario Online Learning Consortium (OOLC), a not-for-profit corporation whose membership is composed of all publicly funded colleges and universities in Ontario.
David is a long-time advocate for the benefits of adapting new technology to deliver educational opportunities, and has been involved in open and distance learning since the 1990s, at both the K-12 and higher education levels.
David was formerly Associate VP Educational Support and Innovation at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Prior to that appointment, David was the Executive Director of BCcampus. During his term at BCcampus, David and his team engineered Canada’s first government funded open textbook program, a leading-edge development in higher education in 2012. David has also worked as a project leader and consultant for international open and distance learning projects, most recently in Mongolia, Malaysia, and Vietnam. He is a co-editor of the International Journal of eLearning and Distance Education (IJEDE.ca), an open access journal published on behalf of the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE).
David’s LinkedIn profile: http://ca.linkedin.com/in/davidaporter
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Professor Bart Rienties is Professor of Learning Analytics with The Open University UK, with an extensive and impressive list of publications related to the use of data to improve student outcomes. He has a tremendous insight of what big data at the Open University reveals about student success. Bart and I chatted in the Jennie Lee building at the Open University. Interview: https://episodes.castos.com/onlinelearninglegends/005-Bart-Rientes-final.mp3 | recorded October 2018 Bart’s online profile ( including links to publications, projects and presentations): http://www.bartrienties.nl/ Particular works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjfwIDQuA6E | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIWrygqmOIs | http://oro.open.ac.uk/45383/ | http://oro.open.ac.uk/41813/ Twitter: @drBartRienties ...
Dr Tannis Morgan is doing some wonderful online learning work, building on a firm understanding of distance education theory and a dedication to open learning and OERs. Tannis and I connected over Skype, where it was easy to sense the blue-sky Vancouver day. Interview: https://episodes.castos.com/onlinelearninglegends/002-Tannis-Morgan-Final.mp3 | recorded May 2018 Tannis’s online profile: https://homonym.ca/about/ Tannis’s works: https://homonym.ca/presentations-and-publications/ OER language blog mentioned: http://oloer.opened.ca Twitter: @tanbob ...
Dr Mark Bullen has extensive international experience across distance education, e-learning and educational technology. His work is particularly focussed on the digital learner, though his contribution to the field goes much further. Interview: https://episodes.castos.com/onlinelearninglegends/020-Mark-Bullen-Final.mp3 | recorded April 2019 Mark’s online profile: http://markbullen.ca Digital Learners in Higher Education website: http://digitallearners.ca Nominated works (free to access): Gallardo-Echenique, E.E., Bullen, M. & Marqués-Molías, L. (2016). Student communication and study habits of first-year university students in the digital era. Canadian Journal of Learning & Technology, 42(1).Gallardo-Echenique, E.E., Molías, L.M., Bullen, M. & Strijbos, J.W. (2015). Let’s Talk About Digital Learners in the Digital Era. International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 16(3).Bullen, M. & Morgan, T. (2015). Digital Learners in Higher Education: Implications for Teaching, Learning & Technology. In M. Gisbert & M. Bullen (Eds.). Teaching and Learning in Digital Worlds: Strategies and Issues in Higher Education, 11-19. Tarragona, Spain: Publicacions URVBullen, M., Morgan, T., & Qayyum, A. (2011). Digital Learners in Higher Education: Generation is Not the Issue. Canadian Journal of Learning Technology, 37(1). Nominated work (may require purchase): Bullen, M. (2015). Revisiting the Need for Strategic Planning for eLearning in Higher Education. In M. Ally & B. Khan (eds.). The International Handbook of E-Learning, Volume 1, 139-152. London: Routledge. Twitter: @markbullen ...