15 July 2010

Open education and research at the University of Canberra

Myself and James Neill have been asked by the University of Canberra's Office of Development and Engagement to speak at the Knowledge Commercialisation Australasia Annual Conference 2010, 9-11 Nov 2010, on open academia.

Abstract

It is proposed that open academic practices be used by the University of Canberra to establish a significant point of difference in its research, development and teaching. The University has a role to play in leading the Australian sector towards a renewed era of knowledge creation, sharing and networking.

This paper outlines a number of significant problems with existing practices of knowledge protectionism and commercialisation, and demonstrates how open academic practices can address these problems and further the University's role in society. It explains evident risks and benefits in the adoption of these practices, and sets out policy, procedures and services that the University and its staff should use to leverage its position and capitalise on the opportunities available.

Bios

Leigh Blackall and James Neill are long time advocates and practitioners of open academic practices. Their recent collaboration at the University of Canberra has resulted in several events and submissions on policy, procedure and practices that are gaining wide attention within the University.

Leigh is an educational developer, focused on open education using popular media for networked learning. He is a Custodian on the English Wikiversity, and has maintained a popular education blog since 2004: http://leighblackall.blogspot.com

James is an an Assistant Professor in the Centre for Applied Psychology at the University of Canberra. He is a Custodian and Bureaucrat on the English Wikiversity. http://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/User:Jtneill

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